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Unscripted: Class and Caste, the Undiscussables

Unscripted: Class and Caste, the Undiscussables

April 26, 2021 @ 9am PST | 12pm EST. 90 minutes.

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Session Description

Class and Caste. We talk about the former but reserve the latter word for rare discussions of groups and people in other places, not in the U.S. Or, we ignore it or see it as a subset of ethnicity or race. Some even proclaim class to be “dead.” We assume meritocracy counterbalances the forces of socioeconomic class. 

But, class and caste are very much alive. Our cultural conditioning growing up and our socioeconomic status as children and as adults shape our mindsets and sense of wellbeing in subtle but powerful ways. It influences our sense of self and how we relate to others, our cultures and our worldview. 

Now more than ever, we think it’s important to bring the conversation about class back into the work of creating inclusive workplaces. In the US, for example, there are groups who, in spite of their group identity, feel disenfranchised, unseen and unsupported in spite of their assumed insider status. 

Let’s explore this often imperceptible force and how it intersects with how we understand privilege. These dynamics shape so much of who we are and how we move through life.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore unseen, often undiscussed, facets of culture dynamics that are at play in groups and organizations around the world; the impact of class and caste on creating partnerships across difference
  • Share how WMFDP is beginning to frame and introduce the topic of class to help clients address today’s growing issues on insider resistance
  • Look at the intersection of class and race and how those two dimensions frequently (and inaccurately) become intermingled
  • Examine how class intersects with race / colorism and how it differs around the globe
  • Add another dimension of diversity often overlooked; highlight the complexity of identity and partnering across difference

More about our guests:

Amalia Alarcón Morris has partnered with WMFDP for over 14 years as a senior consultant, working with government jurisdictions across the west region to dismantle institutional racism. She spent over 35 years working with underserved and under-engaged communities to improve access to community services, healthcare and the political process. Amalia became invested in diversity and inclusion efforts after witnessing poignant discrimination against her mother while applying for disability assistance, and she has become a strong advocate for justice and Latinx culture. During her schooling, Amalia studied theater and communications at the University of Miami. Read more about Amalia here.

Noah Prince brought to WMFDP a top-tier, recognized talent in helping business and organizational leaders consider culture, relationships and personal growth, with a focus on employee equity. He specializes in working with Fortune 500 companies, tech startups, education groups, nonprofits and individual clients, and has 15+ years of experience as a leader in equity, inclusion and leadership development work. Noah has a B.A. in black feminist and an M.Ed. in urban education. He is highly passionate about advocating for Black Lives Matter, Me Too and children, and enjoys spending time with his family. Read more about Noah here.

Keith Blocker is highly respected and much sought-after for his work as an instructional designer and facilitator. His experience includes partnering with organizations and government entities seeking to promote equity in business practices and decision-making; increase workforce productivity; attract diverse talent to key positions; design effective communications strategies for engaging diverse groups and improve workplace culture. Read more about Keith here.