March 10, 2024

Beyond the Surface: Navigating the Depths of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Michael Swann

Beyond the Surface: Navigating the Depths of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Michael Swann
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All The Way Authentic

Join us in this thought-provoking episode as we delve into the critical importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) with esteemed guest Michael Swann, a licensed mental health counselor based in the Seattle area.

Michael Swann brings a wealth of experience and credentials to the table, boasting qualifications as a licensed mental health counselor, a nationally certified counselor, a certified rehabilitation counselor, and a licensed practical nurse. He shares insights gained from his work with organizations such as the NAACP, where he has engaged in essential conversations and webinars addressing issues of DEI.

The conversation begins with an exploration of the current landscape surrounding DEI, particularly in the wake of events like the George Floyd tragedy. Michael reflects on the pushback against DEI initiatives, noting the misconception that progress in racial equality has been achieved and the resistance to acknowledging ongoing systemic issues.

Delving deeper, Michael articulates the significance of DEI not only in the workplace but also in individuals' personal lives. He highlights the mental well-being of marginalized groups as a crucial consideration, emphasizing the importance of representation and diversity in executive leadership positions.

Drawing examples from corporate America and government policies, Michael underscores the intersectionality of race, class, and gender in shaping societal structures. He sheds light on concerning trends such as the decrease in DEI positions in states like Florida and the impact of anti-abortion and anti-gender inclusivity legislation on marginalized communities.

Throughout the episode, Michael emphasizes the need for continued advocacy and action to address systemic inequalities. He challenges the notion of colorblindness and advocates for a more inclusive and equitable society where individuals are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their background or identity.

Tune in to gain valuable insights into the critical importance of DEI and learn how we can all contribute to creating a more just and equitable world.

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The All The Way Authentic Podcast with Kevin P. Henry talks about all things diversity and inclusion, mental health, and empowerment.

Kevin P. Henry has worked in the Diversity-Equity-Inclusion, communications, and training field for over 30 years. He also has extensive experience as a journalist, voice actor, and writer. Currently, he works for the private and public sectors, businesses, organizations, and nonprofits. Kevin utilizes a variety of skills to meet the needs of clients, which include strategic planning, training, facilitation, and writing.

While living in Hawaii, Kevin developed educational programs for high school students that focused on career planning, writing, and video production. In addition, he worked with domestic violence survivors and at-risk youth coordinating career planning workshops.  

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