Thoughts on Structural Racism & Leadership


Consider This!

A common approach to correcting the "race problem" within organizations has been a matter of quotas or visible representation of diversity. But we must ask: Why must diversity be emphasized? What are we including people into? Why does inequity exists?

Despite the present-day political resistance to a critical examination of racism, the fact remains that the fundamental issues around DEI are deeply rooted in a lack of understanding of whiteness as a normative and often unconscious system of dominance. This criticism is meant to be understood more than feared or defended.


Why This Course!

Racism is fed through unawareness, oppressive systems, and the misuse of power. Deepening our understanding of how we have been conditioned to think and react is at the root of racial harm and racial healing. We each must ask ourselves:

Why are matters of race still matters of concern throughout the world?
And what does this have to do with me and leadership?

To embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion requires courage and diligence, and must include a thorough and ongoing examination of whiteness and its impact on cultural belonging. This is fundamentally a leadership imperative.


This course consist of 5 lessons including readings, exercises, and video instruction and is estimated to take approximately 4 hours to complete.

Topics Include:

  • Structural Racism
  • Reflection on Racial Dominance & Subordination
  • Good Read's List
  • Leadership & DEI
  • Structural Racism Inquiry

This mini talk offers organizational leaders, consultants, and coaches a place to begin and deepen this investigation.


Companion Reference

Mindful of Race: Transforming racism begins on the inside

Becoming mindful of how dynamics of race and racism play inside of your own heart and mind, and within communities and organizations profoundly supports cultures of belonging.

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