What can your services do for me and my organization?
Diversity has been shown time and again to be beneficial to an organization’s bottom line, but if you are only hiring for diversity and not doing the work of retaining those hires, you are spinning your wheels. Race-based caucusing for all staff and anti-racism coaching for executive staff are tools that help with retention by fostering trust and authentic relationships between colleagues. The goal of caucusing and coaching is to get your staff to a place of true equity and inclusion.
How are you accountable as a white person doing racial equity work?
After thinking about this deeply, I came to the conclusion that there is a place for white people in anti-racism work, and that place is bringing along other white folks. Working with white people is my job. I work towards economic justice by giving 15% of my income from racial equity work to people of color and people of color-led organizations with no strings attached (see a list of donation recipients here). Making sure that when I am hired there is a corresponding facilitator of color hired at the same time ensures that people of color who have chosen to do this work also make money. Referring many jobs out to facilitators or trainers of color instead of taking those jobs myself is a way of sharing my access. I know a number of facilitators of color with whom I partner and have ongoing conversations about this work. Those relationships have a large impact on the way I show up in multi-racial spaces. For further information on my process, please take a look at my article from November 2018.
Who have you done work for?
Most of my engagements have been with smaller organizations, but I have the capacity to work with larger institutions as well. A partial client list includes: Puget Sound Community School, South Shore Pre-K-8, Zeno, Schools Out Washington, Ada Developers Academy, Amara, Phinney Neighborhood Association Breaking White Silence Book Club, and North Seattle Progressives.
What is your background?
As a white woman who immigrated to the United States as a child, I have a unique perspective on the systems of oppression at work in our culture. My immigrant experience gives me some critical distance when examining tough topics, but it also lends empathy to those who have struggled and continue to struggle. This blend of compassion and analysis informs my work as a facilitator and the way I interact with people every day.
I also have an extensive background in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. I have worked on both sides of the non-profit divide: as operational staff and as a board member, and these experiences inform my understanding of the purpose and the purview of each. In addition, my years of experience in the for-profit world also means that I am no stranger to the needs of corporations, and I am ready to assist your growth.
In addition to multiple facilitation engagements, I have been a member of Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW) since 2012, and I served on its education team as a facilitator for two years (2017-2018). I also served two years (2017-2018) as a Coalition Builder for the Non-Profit Anti-Racism Coalition (NPARC), facilitating their quarterly caucus meetings as well as numerous community meetings.
Why a stag?
The Blair family name can be traced to Scotland, and the Blair Clan crest includes a stag, lodged proper. Using this image is a way for me to express part of my heritage, a way of honoring my birthplace.
How can I stay in touch?
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