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What if you had the opportunity to hear compelling firsthand accounts about the often life-or-death stakes of unchecked biases and bigotry? Would you listen?

Biracial journalist Daralyse Lyons has interviewed more than 100 people – academics, politicians, thought-leaders, advocates, activists, and even an incarcerated inmate – for an in-depth exploration of a wide range of topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Every other week, for ten weeks, she'll invite you to join her to learn more about a topic related to diversity. This podcast encourages listener participation, so, on alternating weeks, Daralyse and her co-collaborator AnnaMarie Jones will host a Q&A episode in which they answer listeners' questions, share about the interview and podcast compilation process, and delve more deeply into each topic. They are excited to partner with you to demystify diversity.

Demystifying Diversity Daralyse Lyons

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

What if you had the opportunity to hear compelling firsthand accounts about the often life-or-death stakes of unchecked biases and bigotry? Would you listen?

Biracial journalist Daralyse Lyons has interviewed more than 100 people – academics, politicians, thought-leaders, advocates, activists, and even an incarcerated inmate – for an in-depth exploration of a wide range of topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Every other week, for ten weeks, she'll invite you to join her to learn more about a topic related to diversity. This podcast encourages listener participation, so, on alternating weeks, Daralyse and her co-collaborator AnnaMarie Jones will host a Q&A episode in which they answer listeners' questions, share about the interview and podcast compilation process, and delve more deeply into each topic. They are excited to partner with you to demystify diversity.

    Episode 10 Q&A and Season One Recap

    Episode 10 Q&A and Season One Recap

    In the final episode of Season One of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse and AnnaMarie welcome their new partner, Zack James.

    So much more than a typical Q&A episode, this episode reflects on the season as a whole and delves more deeply into the topics discussed in Episode 10: Interracial Marriage: A Celebration of the Evolution from Illegal to Accepted.

    Daralyse, AnnaMarie and Zack share about what they've learned and invite listeners into their minds and hearts. They reflect on their individual journeys with interracial relationships and share their greatest takeaways from all of season one. They review how DEI is way wider than Black and White communities, how we are all interconnected, and how we must celebrate our differences without ever losing sight of our common humanity. They are open about their own blind spots and commit to the life-long learning and improvement that DEI work requires.

    They also discuss what they are planning on doing for themselves personally in 2021 and share some exciting updates about season two. This is an episode you won't want to miss.

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    https://www.demystifyingdiversitypodcast.com/

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    Resources to explore:
    Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity by Daralyse Lyons Buy the Book

    Article: the magic number of people needed to create social change Read Article

    Episode sponsor:
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    • 40 min
    Episode 10:Interracial Marriages: A Celebration of the Evolution from Illegal to Accepted

    Episode 10:Interracial Marriages: A Celebration of the Evolution from Illegal to Accepted

    In this episode of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse Lyons explores the history of, and present day occurrences of, interracial love and marriages. She interviews eight interracial couples of various races, cultures, backgrounds, and sexual orientations. Throughout the episode, it becomes clear that, although every interracial couple has their own unique story, there is still something that they all share in common: six decades ago, their love would have been legally prohibited in certain states.

    Interracial couples have pressed forward, and their doing so has helped shift public perceptions about interracial love. However, even in 2021, many interracial couples face mockery and scorn, and this came out in many of the interviews.

    Now that people are free to marry across racial lines, cross-racial and cross-cultural unions have become more ubiquitous and more celebrated. The hope would be that love can melt away prejudice and bias, yet that is not always the case.

    This episode illuminates that loving people for who they are requires seeing them for who they are and not superimposing our own judgments onto certain individuals or groups. Getting to know people in an authentic way and moving beyond incorrect assumptions requires more representation, visibility and allyship. This episode will challenge you to examine your biases and internalized racism. It is an invitation to deepen your investment in creating a world where love, in all its myriad expressions, is not only safe but celebrated.

    Learn more at:
    https://www.demystifyingdiversitypodcast.com/

    Resources to explore:
    Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity by Daralyse Lyons Buy the Book

    Voices Featured:
    AnnaMarie and Chris Jones

    Elizabeth Hasegawa Agresta and Thomas Agresta

    Marissa and William Gwynn

    Ashlee and Emmanuel Aouad

    Sarah and Milind Gandhi

    Malynda Hale and John Volk

    Michelle (Chelle) Campos Velez and Armee Grace Campos

    Nikky and Ben

    Sponsors:
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    Next Level Trainings. For $50 off on Shift, their introductory virtual training (and a FREE voucher to their in-person Discovery training), go to nextleveltrainings.com/diversity and enter the promo code diversity.
    Lavin & Associates, a branch of Primerica. Contact Jon Lavin directly at 610-453-2331 or email him at Jonlavin@me.com for a free Financial Needs Analysis.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 9 Q&A:Body Diversity

    Episode 9 Q&A:Body Diversity

    In this Q & A episode of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse and AnnaMarie delve more deeply into the topics discussed in Episode 9, Body Diversity: An Exploration of the Danger and Discrimination that Result from Diet Culture.

    They continue to explore the subtle and insidious nature of eating disorders, and how, tragically, good treatment is often not available, accessible, or affordable. They review how financial disparities can prohibit some individuals from getting the treatment that they need and deserve. It can and does kill people to be denied necessary mental health resources, especially given that anorexia nervosa has the highest rate of mortality among any mental illness.

    They define and differentiate between important terms such as Body Liberation, Body Positivity, Body Neutrality, and explore thin privilege and anti-fat discrimination as social justice issues. They also review how messages about bodies are different among gender lines and how perceptions of our bodies are constructed.

    Daralyse shares her personal experiences as a person with an eating disorder and she and AnnaMarie answer listener questions, including questions from a previous episode.

    In this episode, you will be asked to explore your relationship to bodies, appearance, and food. We hope that, as you listen, you will be inspired to prioritize your mental, emotional, and physical health.

    Learn more at:
    https://www.demystifyingdiversitypodcast.com/

    Resources to explore:
    Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity by Daralyse Lyons Buy the Book

    Article 2012 by Shannon Ridgeway Read Article

    AVEN Forums: https://www.asexuality.org/en/

    Healthline article by Sian Ferguson about Asexuality Read Article

    Query Podcast Listen Here

    Sabrina Strings: Fearing the Black Body Read Book

    NPR Article: Fatphobia and its racist past and present Read Article

    The News Beyond Detroit Read Article

    Episode sponsor:
    VitaSupreme. For 20% off your supplement order, visit vitasupreme.com/pages/diversity and enter the code: diversity Click Here

    Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management Click Here

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 9:Body Diversity:An Exploration of the Danger and Discrimination that Result from Diet Culture

    Episode 9:Body Diversity:An Exploration of the Danger and Discrimination that Result from Diet Culture

    In this episode of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse explores how the American obsession with body shape and size leads people to victimize themselves and others. She speaks with dieticians, nutritionists, psychotherapists, yoga therapists, teachers, authors, and body liberation activists about their experiences and insights.

    They discuss the importance of pushing back against diet culture and dismantle the myth that external appearance reflects internal experience. This episode illuminates the ways in which misconceptions about how eating disorders present keep a lot of people stuck in cycles of shame and abuse.

    Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes and they center around struggles that include trauma histories, anxiety, perfectionism, loneliness, isolation, wanting to belong, and desperately craving a sense of control.

    Although eating disorders are a mental, biologically based illness, diet culture and fatphobia can trigger the illness and exacerbate its duration and intensity. Fatphobia is rampant in American society and eating disorders are on the rise.

    On a hopeful note, there are things we can do, both individually and as part of a larger social collective. In this episode, you will be asked to see an embrace of body diversity as an essential part of social justice and to release the dogma of diet culture. This episode is an invitation for body liberation, for each and every one of us.

    Learn more at:
    https://www.demystifyingdiversitypodcast.com/

    Resources:
    Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity: Buy the Book
    NEDA: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
    ANAD: https://anad.org/

    Voices Featured:
    Caitie Corradino
    Dani Adriana
    Diana Clarke
    Adeija Jones
    Brian Pollack
    Aaron Flores
    Emily Zargan
    Bibi Lorenzetti
    Jennifer Kreatsoulas

    Episode Sponsors:
    Next Level Trainings. For $50 off on Shift, their introductory virtual training (and a FREE voucher to their in-person Discovery training), go to nextleveltrainings.com/diversity and enter the promo code diversity.

    Lavin & Associates, a branch of Primerica. Contact Jon Lavin directly at 610-453-2331 or email him at Jonlavin@me.com for a free insurance needs assessment and/or Financial Needs Analysis.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 8 Q&A:LGBTQIA+

    Episode 8 Q&A:LGBTQIA+

    In this Q & A episode of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse and AnnaMarie delve more deeply into the topics discussed in Episode 8, LGBTQIA: Embracing the Spectrum of Human Sexuality and Gender Identity.

    They review the importance of Trans Competency Trainings while illuminating the intersection of transphobia and racism, and how our society is being called to dismantle oppressive and toxic expectations regarding gender and sexuality.

    Daralyse shares her own experiences of coming out as sexually fluid and stresses how essential it is to meet sacred personal disclosures with an open mind and an open heart. She emphasizes the importance of safe spaces, representation, community and inclusion.

    In the listener participation portion, listeners ask about the difference between asking for “preferred pronouns” vs “pronouns,” what to do when you misgender somebody or make a pronouns mistake, how to address bullying against LGBTQIA+ youth, and how to address discrimination in the workplace.

    In this episode, you will be asked to consider your roles and responsibilities and to ask yourself if you are willing to face uncomfortability on the journey of collective healing.

    Learn more at:
    https://www.demystifyingdiversitypodcast.com/

    Resources to explore:
    Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity by Daralyse Lyons Buy the Book

    Kristin Beck - CNN Interview Watch on YouTube

    Pride.com Article - 6 Reasons Why You Need to Use the Word Queer Read Article

    Sarah Fuller makes history Read More

    Why genderqueer and LGBTQ+ fashion icon Jaden Smith is fighting for the right to self-expression for his generation Read Article

    Matthew Shepard Learn More

    Coming Out: by Kevin Bryson Read Book

    20 things to know before you come out Read Article

    Daralyse's Broad Street Review Article Read

    Creating Change Virtual Conference Visit Website

    “Why You Should Not Say ‘Preferred Gender Pronouns'” by Ashlee Fowlkes Read Article

    “Pronouns 101: Why They Matter and What To Do (and Not Do) If You Misgender Someone” by
    Kay Martinez Read Article

    Stopbullying.gov Visit Website

    Thebullyproject.com Visit Website

    Freedom for all Americans - Protections by State Visit Website

    Episode sponsor:
    VitaSupreme. For 20% off your supplement order, visit vitasupreme.com/pages/diversity and enter the code: diversity Click Here

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 8:LGBTQIA+: Embracing the Spectrum of Human Sexuality and Gender Identity

    Episode 8:LGBTQIA+: Embracing the Spectrum of Human Sexuality and Gender Identity

    In this episode of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse Lyons interviews a variety of people within the LGBTQIA+ community about the ways in which they have navigated living within a binary-obsessed, heteronormative society. She explores the ways that binary understandings of gender and sexuality are oppressive and how practicing the emotional skill of vulnerability enables us to connect more deeply to others and to ourselves. By embracing the complexity and intersectionality of identity, we are empowered to embrace and embody love.

    Through the stories and experiences of the voices in this episode, you will be asked to examine the continuums and spectrums of identity and to question your biases and beliefs. You will be asked to think about the ways in which LGBTQIA+ advocacy has paved the way for liberation and self-expression for millions and to appreciate the monumental impact of the Gay Liberation Movement, the Stonewall riots, the first Gay Pride marches, and the ways in which the LGBTQIA+ community is pushing back against external and internal oppression.

    As we move forward, it is essential to ask yourself: How have I been performing gender in my life in ways that do not serve me?

    Learn more at:
    https://www.demystifyingdiversitypodcast.com/

    Resources to explore:
    Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity Buy the Book
    Voices featured:
    -Nadine Rosechild Sullivan
    -Rob O'Neil
    -Oliver DeLuz
    -Vara Cooper
    -Timaree Schmidt
    -Angela Gardner
    -Anonymous Gender non-conforming parent pf a trans-identifying child

    Episode sponsors:
    Next Level Trainings. For $50 off on Shift, their introductory virtual training (and a FREE voucher to their in-person Discovery training), go to nextleveltrainings.com/diversity and enter the promo code diversity.

    Lavin & Associates, a branch of Primerica. Contact Jon Lavin directly at 610-453-2331 or email him at Jonlavin@me.com for a free insurance needs assessment and/or Financial Needs Analysis.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

inquisiitve e ,

Thank you

So appreciate this podcast. You do an excellent job with a variety of topics and demonstrate so clearly the value and complexities of “demystifying diversity” in all aspects of our lives. Your ability to relate to and engage with listeners further expands the richness of this podcast.

Agnes of Portland ,

Poignant and Relatable

As a person of color, I find this podcast highly relevant. The hosts are very educated and empathetic. Everyone should listen to this podcast because we all have blind spots.

brandrewkaden3 ,

Great podcast!

I loved this! Daralyse is easy to listen to and very relatable. I will definitely be turning in every week!

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