Racial Equity: What Will it Take?

Desiree & Ericka (vert)There seems no better way to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday than to announce the upcoming episode in our Making Change conversation series – a conversation about racial equity with diversity and inclusion advocates Desiree Adaway and Ericka Hines. (Update: That must-watch / must-listen conversation happened on March 9th. You can watch / listen / download below).

Merriam Webster defines “equity” as “justice according to natural law or right; specifically: freedom from bias or favoritism.” As if in the next breath, Encylopedia.com notes, “In reality, the ideal of racial equality, however defined, has not always been practiced, nor has it been fully achieved anywhere in the world.”

After decades of slow but steady progress towards a more just world, we are facing uncertain times, with elections in Britain and the U.S. indicating a backlash against immigrants, people of color, and Muslims.

In 2017 and beyond, what will it take to create equitable workplaces and communities?

On March 9, 2017, Desiree Adaway and Ericka Hines joined host Hildy Gottlieb in a fast-paced, energetic conversation that got to the heart of what inclusive communities and workplaces make possible and the conditions that create success. We guarantee you will want to listen to this one twice!

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As you’re watching, if you have questions or comments, please tweet to us at @creatingtfuture or leave a comment below. 

Desiree Adaway (crop)Desiree Adaway brings together multi-racial teams to work on projects related to racial equity and social justice. Desiree has over 20 years experience leading international, multicultural teams through major organizational change in over 40 countries. Her company, The Adaway Group, helps organizations build cultures that are inclusive of wide ranging ethnic, racial, gender, sexual, religious, and national identities and abilities. Learn more about Desiree at her website or connect with her on Twitter here.

Ericka Hines works with organizations to use diversity to their advantage. With a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, Ericka spent almost a decade developing leadership programs for law students and new lawyers at Equal Justice Works. In 2009 she founded the consulting firm Every Level Leadership, where she works with clients to create productive and inclusive workplaces. Learn more about Ericka at her website or connect with her on Twitter here.

2 thoughts on “Racial Equity: What Will it Take?”

  1. Hi HG —
    Absolutely wonderful conversion. So many juicy nuggets. I was yelling “YES” at the screen more than once. Also yelled “People go where systems lead them” a few times.

    I loved Desiree and Ericka’s points around it’s not that people are dense. They are part of systems. Systems like patriarchy and white supremacy. Helping us see how the way we are being is actually sourced not in our personality or in some other norm, but as an intentional system that we are unconscious of and that we are perpetuating. Wow.

    SO – thanks for this. Encore!

  2. Thank you! And you and you and you.

    This is fantastic. I’m going to host a meal and invite my work people to watch this. Then, over dessert, ask some of these great questions to make a plan.

    Beautiful share and super helpful.


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