Asserting Beyond Assumption: Confronting Racism in Disability Organizations
Oftentimes in the disability community, racially marginalized leaders are expected- either implicitly or explicitly- to maintain a level of affability and decorum that can feel constricting to the point of oppressive. Referencing the unprecedented interest in openly discussing race-based inequity in professional environments- including the nonprofit sector, academia, and other so-called "safe" work spaces- that has recently emerged, this talk invites both racially marginalized and white participants to critically examine how social mores must also be included in such conversations in order to truly facilitate just and equitable work environments for all.
About Reyma McCoy McDeid
Reyma McCoy McDeid is an activist who works at multiple intersections of marginalization and, prior to being appointed to the Biden/Harris administration on January 20th, 2021, served as the executive director of Central Iowa Center for Independent Living (winner of the 2018 Organization of the Year award from the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission). She is the recipient of a 2019 AT&T Humanity of Connection award and her 2018 run for office was endorsed by the Working Families Party. She is also a single mom. Her work has been featured in Vice, Pantsuit Nation, TIME , The Guardian, and USA Today. Her vocation has shifted from serving marginalized people to addressing how systems create marginalized people in the first place.