With Speaker, Facilitator & National Expert
on Topics of Diversity,
Equity & Inclusion
Dereca Blackmon
 
 
 

 

Begin your journey to becoming the ally you want to be in ending racial injustice... by bravely exploring your unconscious biases, privilege, and social identities, and navigating your fear of making mistakes.

 

The outcry for allyship in transforming racism, right now, is not only deep, loud, and reverberating — it’s finally being heard.

Many of us are responding, or longing to respond to this powerful movement that’s gaining ground — and we’re thirsty for guidance on the most effective and “correct” ways to step up, speak out, and take thoughtful action to help end centuries of grave injustice, oppression, and violence.

Often, in conversations about racism, we remain silent because we’re afraid — afraid of saying something that might reveal our unconscious biases… afraid of offending people… afraid of getting caught not knowing what we don’t know… afraid of being accused...

Yet, the burgeoning passion to be a true ally — to be part of the force creating significant and enduring change — is growing stronger by the day.

Do you recognize yourself in this?

At this time when people are at last awakening to the devastating realities of systemic racism, are you looking for a path toward committed allyship — within your communities... your workplace... and the larger collective?

Are you ready and willing to answer the call?

Join us for a powerful hour with Dereca Blackmon — a remarkably engaging speaker, facilitator, and national expert on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion — as she explores what it means to be a spiritual ally.

Without blame or shame, she’ll introduce core concepts of privilege, social identity, and sacred spaces to grow as a foundation for us to build awareness of our own orientation and racial biases — and understand how they show up in the world.

Whether you wish to become better educated about the systemic nature of racism and what that really means... or you want to explore your privilege, learn how to speak more emphatically around racial issues, or take a more active role in dismantling the systems that perpetuate racial oppression...

... Dereca will compassionately, and passionately, help expose the truths we need to see, so we can move forward from a brave place.

In this potent and experiential hour with Dereca, she’ll help us examine our unintended contribution to the painful and continuing history of racial injustice and inequity.

She’s eager to provide us with the tools we need to begin seeing our blind spots — and the part we unconsciously played in the perpetuation of systemic racism — so we can move toward greater self-awareness and allyship.

Due to the profoundly sensitive and often inflammatory nature of conversations around race, these discussions require a safe space.

With the spiritual love Dereca radiates... her no-shame, no-blame approach... and her brilliant, hard-earned wisdom, she’ll hold us in a safe container as she takes us through skillfully designed reflective processes.

She'll help us find the sweet spot between our comfort zone and our danger zone... and learn how to gently lean into the discomfort, where our growth and learning can blossom.

And, we’ll carefully explore our social identities — and come to understand that the identities we think about the least show us where our privilege is most dominant.

 

In this 60-minute free online event, we’ll:

 
  • Be led in a libation — a prayer in the African tradition to call in the ancestors
  • Explore our fear of making “mistakes” or saying something “wrong”... and how it may prevent us from fully cultivating an inclusive mindset
  • Look at our social identities and how they relate to our level of privilege
  • Participate in a process to determine what kind of spaces will advance and support our learning — leaning into discomfort as an opportunity for growth
  • Start to feel empowered to be an active ally
 
 

We’re so fortunate to have such a dynamic, powerful, truly captivating leader to guide us as we stand on the precipice of radical change...

During this free online event, you’ll also discover how you can deepen your work with Dereca with a new 5-week online course — to develop and embrace your commitment to true allyship... and take dedicated action during the weeks, months, and years ahead.

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Join this FREE video event with Dereca Blackmon and embark on a journey to become the ally you want to be in ending racial injustice... by bravely exploring your unconscious biases, privilege, and social identities, and navigating your fear of making mistakes.

Free Video Event

 
 
 
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What People Are Saying About Dereca Blackmon...

 
“Feedback was really strong — a few said Dereca should run for President!”

Dereca supported the successful launch of our Allies Academy as a part of our larger Diversity and Inclusion initiatives at LinkedIn. To support our launch, she delivered an interactive, highly engaging and transformational education event that was broadcast to LinkedIn employees across the U.S. Feedback was really strong — a few said Dereca should run for President! It is clear that Dereca invested a great deal of thoughtful work and preparation into customizing the experience. Her coaching and guidance along the way was also top notch. I highly recommend Dereca if you are looking to make an impact in the space of diversity and inclusion with a meaningful experience for your organization.
— Tyrona Heath, Lead for Agency and Partner Education at LinkedIn and President of LinkedIn’s Black Inclusion Group (BIG)

 
“[Dereca]... creates safe spaces for courageous conversations, and never holds back...”

Dereca Blackmon is one of the most real, authentic and powerful teachers that I know! She knows how to inspire, inquire, and invite you into spaces, places, and growth within yourself that is priceless and transformative. She is a powerful presence of boundless love, creates safe spaces for courageous conversations, and never holds back for the sake of your expansion.
— Rev Karen Fry, Minister, speaker, and teacher

 
“Dereca is one of the most insightful, charismatic, and intelligent people... ”

Dereca is one of the most insightful, charismatic, and intelligent people amongst Stanford’s far reaching student affairs staff. Speaking to Dereca has the comforting effect of speaking to your mom but the sharp, cutting insight of all things related to race, class, and equity....
— Ibrahim Bharmal, human rights advocate, migration specialist, and writer

 
“... I will recommend her to every institution I work at in the future...”

My very first week at Stanford I heard Dereca speak and I knew that she was someone I wanted to have as an instructor and mentor. She is someone who meets people where they are at and does not shame them into caring about diversity issues, but rather guides them to the reasons why it is important to their lives and their own success. She is deeply passionate about equity and justice, and practices creating that in the world through her connections with others. Without a doubt, I will recommend her to every institution I work at in the future for their diversity initiatives and I hope to channel her in my life moving forward.
— Gabriela Nagle Alverio, Consultant at Inclusion Design Group

 
 

About Dereca Blackmon

 

Dereca Blackmon is a passionate speaker, facilitator, and national expert on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. For over 25 years she has consulted with a wide variety of corporate, educational, nonprofit, and community-based groups to facilitate “uncommon conversations” on issues of race, gender, class, and social justice. Her experiential training models cut through “diversity fatigue” and allow participants to engage in deep, authentic, and meaningful dialogues.

She served as the Assistant Vice Provost and Director of the Diversity and First-Generation Office at Stanford University, where she introduced groundbreaking work on authentic engagement, intergroup dialogue, and unconscious bias to over 30,000 students, staff, faculty, and alumni. She also taught several courses at Stanford, including Intergroup Communication with renowned cultural psychologist Hazel Markus, which has a waitlist of over 250 students.

Dereca co-led the effort to organize the Bay Area community response to the murder of Oscar Grant III by transit police. After mobilizing thousands of protestors and holding countless meetings and rallies, she began to question the strategy of organizing “against” rather than “for.” She entered ministerial school and has never looked back... becoming one of the nation’s leading speakers on spiritual activism.

Her training, activism, and youth development work have been featured in two books: Black Youth Rising by Dr. Shawn Ginwright; and Learning to Liberate by Dr. Vajra Watson, and cited in countless national forums, including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The New York Times.

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Join this FREE video event with Dereca Blackmon and embark on a journey to become the ally you want to be in ending racial injustice... by bravely exploring your unconscious biases, privilege, and social identities, and navigating your fear of making mistakes.

Free Video Event

 
 
 
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