Keith Blocker is a diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) practitioner, educator, elected official and WMFDP | FDP consultant. In the following interview Keith shares about his facilitation style, identity and inspiration for being an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion.
1.) Describe your facilitation style.
My approach to facilitating difficult conversations is to listen, learn and lead by example. It is essential to model the skills and behaviors that help to cultivate an inclusive work culture.
2.) What are the intersections of your identity? How does that inform your work?
I’m a legally blind heterosexual, cisgender, black male. All of these identities intersect and simultaneously impact how I navigate the world. I recognize that my maleness grants me privileges; being legally blind can sometimes create barriers that put me at a disadvantage. My disability helps me empathize with marginalized people, which is why I use my male and heterosexual privilege to be an ally to marginalized communities.
3.) Where did you grow up and what do you like most about that place?
I was born and raised in Philadelphia. It’s a world-class city with a rich culture. The people are down to earth, the architecture is classic, and the food is excellent.
4.) What does your family mean to you?
My wife is my hero. My children are my inspiration, and I’m happy they let me stay in the family.
5.) If you were stranded on a desert island with 5 records and a record player, what would those records be?
- Who Is Jill Scott by Jill Scott
- Innervisions by Stevie Wonder
- Ultimate Sinatra by Frank Sinatra
- Thriller by Michael Jackson
- Magna Carter by Jay Z
About White Men as Full Diversity Partners (WMFDP I FDP Global):
Our work over the last 25 years has helped thousands of global leaders courageously grow their consciousness and cultural competency to create and sustain inclusive work cultures. Over this time, we have worked across the political spectrum as inclusion is a human rights issue, not a political one. We believe freedom of choice and differing voices and perspectives are the strengths of a democracy and striving for a common good, not a threat to it.
And, we believe in equity—the ability for every person to have access to opportunity and for every person’s voice to be heard and to matter. We are committed to creating cultures where everyone feels seen, heard and valued. WMFDP is committed to using diverse perspectives to grow courageous leaders and promote inclusive cultures in the United States and around the world.