Our new series, “Radically Candid Conversations,” features experts and guests who will help us learn, reflect, and put our insights into action. Our first discussion with Kim Scott and Dr. A. Breeze Harper, Ph.D., a diversity and inclusion strategist, antiracism scholar and facilitator, explores how to practice Radical Candor when addressing systemic racism; the historical origins and research-based understanding of white, racialized consciousness; what it means to be antiracist and how to practice anti-racism, and how we can be antiracist leaders, parents and citizens.
Listen to the episode:
Watch Dr. Harper’s talk, “Uprooting White Fragility”
Recommended Anti-Racism Reading
How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief about Racism by Ann Todd Jealous and Caroline T. Haskell
“Dear White America,” by George Yancy, The New York Times
Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England By Dr. A. Breeze Harper, Ph.D.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.
Recommended Anti-Racism Resources
Critical Diversity Solutions is a Black-owned business founded by two Black women: Dr. A. Breeze Harper and Elise Aymer. They do strategic consulting, as well as deliver workshops, lectures, and conferences that focus on anti-racism, racial inclusion, and racial-gender equity with intersectional framing (i.e. ability, age, sexual orientation, region, etc). They also give gender inclusion workshops and lectures, understanding that race and other factors will inform gender equity.
CDS actively frames their curriculum with a focus on systems and history, showing how these factors impact organizations and individuals (unconsciously and consciously). They collaborate with clients by showing them how to engage in structural change through action + strategy for the long run vs. “cosmetic diversity.” CDS knows that one training or lecture is rarely enough to positively affect DEI goals. Learn more >>
We — the Radical Candor team — will be working with Dr. Harper and we’re thrilled to share that you have a chance to learn from her as well! Our friends at Torch are offering a 4-week course with Dr. Harper called Becoming an Anti-Racist Leader: Strategies and Action Steps for a More Inclusive Workplace. Sign up now >>
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