March 17, 2021

I Can’t Be Less White but I Can Check My White Culture, with Sara Taylor

Episode 74:

Sara Taylor earned a master’s degree in Diversity and Organizational Development from the University of Minnesota. She served as a leadership and diversity specialist at the University of Minnesota for five years and as director of diversity and inclusion for Ramsey County, Minnesota for three years.

Sara is the founder and president of deepSEE Consulting and has worked with companies as large as Coca-Cola, General Mills, 3M Company, AARP, and numerous others. She has a new book, “Filter Shift: How Effective People See the World,” that explores how our unconscious is actually making choices and decisions for us, all without our knowing — and how to change that.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How the New York Post recently featured an article titled “(company) slammed for diversity training that urged workers to be ‘less white'”
  • Why “White” is a frame but “whiteness” is a filter, and why the first can’t be changed but the second can
  • How our dominant culture is White, cisgender, straight, able-bodied, and male, and why it is vital to recognize the difference between the frame of White and filter of whiteness
  • Why it is important to approach, think about and discuss the topic of White vs. whiteness from the later stages of cultural competence development
  • Why clarity, not judgment, is the key to better understanding the role of race in our individual interactions and our organizational structures and systems

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