Introducing Desiree Adaway
Desiree Adaway is a seasoned nonprofit consultant and facilitator. All of her presentations have a mix of thought provoking content presented with humor and wit. When she teaches she makes a point to connect with every person, and create a safe space for their growth. She is known by staff, senior leadership, peers, and partners as being great at open, honest, and productive conversations. She is not afraid of addressing anything that gets in the way of great work. Her style is positive, approachable, engaging, service-oriented and audience-centered. And this is all while often leading difficult conversations on race, class and gender.
I personally took so much out of what Desiree shared during this interview – and I hope you will too. She shared some powerful stories around what it is like to be a person of colour in this world and what we all can do to become more aware and to take action that will contribute to creating change and a more just world.
Learn about (and relevant time stamps):
- 2.45 Not feeling like a writer
- 4.11 Expressing herself through means other than writing
- 5.01 Having difficult conversations online
- 6.51 What Desiree does and how she got there
- 9.10 Conversations with strangers on race class and gender
- 11.16 Identity shaping everything in life
- 14.47 Sandra Bland
- 16.42 Feelings of hopelessness
- 20.30 Ferguson and Mike Brown
- 21.52 Tear gas used on protesters at Ferguson
- 23.57 Militarization of the US police
- 27.37 Using your privilege to help human rights
- 29.05 Redlining
- 31.45 Diversifying your reading and online network
- 35.34 Getting out and meeting new people
- 36.43 Taking sides
- 39.25 Barbara Love and liberatory consciousness
- 42.03 Feminism failing the people she works with
- 49.37 Social justice courses
- 52.02 Unlearning your prejudices
- 54.58 Calling out and calling in
Connect with Desiree Adaway
- Visit Desiree’s website
- Join Desiree’s online social justice courses
- Follow Desiree on: Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter
Links and Resources
- How to Embrace Diversity to Improve Your Business program
- The Death of Sandra Bland
- Liberatory Consciousness
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