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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 400 people – academics, politicians, thought-leaders, advocates, activists, and even incarcerated individuals – for an in-depth exploration of a wide range of topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Join her and the Demystifying Diversity team to learn more about topic related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. This podcast encourages listener participation, so, on alternating weeks, Daralyse and her co-collaborators host Q&A episodes in which they answer listeners' questions, share about the interview and podcast compilation process, and delve more deeply into each topic. As you listen and learn, you'll feel empowered to build empathy and cultivate DEI skills.

Demystifying Diversity Daralyse Lyons

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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 400 people – academics, politicians, thought-leaders, advocates, activists, and even incarcerated individuals – for an in-depth exploration of a wide range of topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Join her and the Demystifying Diversity team to learn more about topic related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. This podcast encourages listener participation, so, on alternating weeks, Daralyse and her co-collaborators host Q&A episodes in which they answer listeners' questions, share about the interview and podcast compilation process, and delve more deeply into each topic. As you listen and learn, you'll feel empowered to build empathy and cultivate DEI skills.

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    • 1 min
    Remote Work: Finding Balance and Boundaries Between Work and Home

    Remote Work: Finding Balance and Boundaries Between Work and Home

    In the first installment of Season 3 of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, host Daralyse Lyons takes the listener on a deep-dive into the opportunities and difficulties that have been presented with the rise of remote work. Daralyse uncovers the ways in which the landscape of work as we know it has shifted since the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020, and the guests featured in this episode share insights on the impact remote work has had on people's personal and professional lives.

    In this episode, you will learn about:
    * How the rise of remote work has created a more equitable playing field for persons with disabilities.
    * How remote work has created more space for adults to be present with their children and their household obligations, while still fulfilling their roles at work.
    * How remote work has blurred the boundaries between work and home, and how some people have thrived in this environment, while others have not.
    * The disparity in the work-from-home experience for caregivers and those who are not in caregiving roles.
    * The disparity in experience between individuals of different identities (such as gender and/or race) when it comes to opportunities and experiences of remote work.
    * How remote work has cultivated efficiency in communication in the workplace, and has helped curb opportunities for workplace harassment, unwanted comments, etc.
    * The ways in which working from home can accelerate mental health concerns for some, particularly around issues of loneliness and lack of social outlets.
    * How going virtual has been a challenge and a blessing to startups and established companies alike.

    Our guest experts this episode include:

    Shanna Hocking - Shanna is a thought-leader, keynote speaker, and writer with 20 years experience working in leadership development. Shanna is the author of One Bold Move a Day and the host of the One Bold Move a Day Podcast.
    Sabrina Volpone - Sabrina is an Associate Professor in the Organizational Leadership Division at the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business, and a diversity researcher. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how organizations manage their diverse workforces and how diverse individuals flourish through the management of their identities at work. Sabrina spoke about there being a variety of experiences for those working remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Munir Mandviwalla - Munir is the Professor of Management Information Systems, a Milton F. Stauffer Senior Research Fellow, and the Executive Director of the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Temple University's Fox School of Business.
    Natalie Pedersen - Natalie is the Associate Professor of Legal Studies at Drexel University's LeBow College of Business, Vice President of the Employment Law Section of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and Secretary of the Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
    Chair Charlotte Burrows - Designated by President Biden as Chair of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - EEOC - on January 20, 2021, Chari Burrows has served as a Commissioner of the EEOC for multiple terms and who previously served as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, as well as General Counsel for Civil and Constitutional Rights to Senator Edward M Kennedy.
    Elizabeth Smith - Elizabeth is a graduate of Rollins College who double-majored in Music and Communications and is currently participating in the Accelerate Graduate Studies Program to obtain a Master of Public Health degree by 2024. She is a disability advocate and researcher who spoke about her experiences with remote work, and what her research showed about how remote work has enabled many individuals with disabilities to attend to their needs while optimizing their contributions and feeling connected in situations where they might have previously been excluded, either due to inaccessibility, or to identity-based discrimination.
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Remote Work: Q&A

    Remote Work: Q&A

    In this first Q&A episode of Season 3 of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, host Daralyse Lyons is joined by co-hosts Zack James and Azaria Keys as they dive deeper into the impact of remote work - not only on society as a whole, but on their own lives as well. The expert voice featured in this Q&A episode is Liz Taylor, an Assistant Professor within Temple University's Fox School of Business. Liz answers listener questions and shares further insights on research surrounding the continually evolving landscape of work.

    In this episode, you will learn about:
    * How remote work has created more space for adults to be present with their children and their household obligations, while still fulfilling their roles at work.
    * How remote work has blurred the boundaries between work and home, and how some people have thrived in this environment, while others have not.
    * How intersectionality plays a major role in how remote work has impacted, and continues to impact, people in these types of jobs.
    * The disparity in work-from-home experiences between caregivers and those who are not in caregiving roles.
    * How to advocate for a style of employment that supports individual and organizational needs.
    * How to effectively set boundaries for oneself while working from home.

    Our guest expert this episode is:Liz Taylor - Liz is an Assistant Professor in the Sport and Recreation Management Department at Temple University's School of Sport Tourism and Hospitality Management, whose work examines gender descrimination, homophobia, sexual harassment and assault within the athletic industry, has done a lot of work examining cultures of abuse as well as how workplace expectations of employee engagement can lead to burnout.

    Episode hosts:Azaria Keys - Azaria is the Assistant Director of the Fox School of Business' Center for Ethics, Diversity and Workplace Culture (CEDWC). Her work is driven by her passion to advocate for others and transform workplaces to be more inclusive and equitable.

    Zack James - Zack is the marketing arm of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast and is a graduate of Temple University's School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). Zack is a self-described go-giver and DEI advocate with a passion for service and making a difference across organizations.
    Daralyse Lyons - Daralyse is the host of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast as well as the author of Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity. She is a speaker, a consultant, a journalist, and a full-time DEI strategist.
    Click here for a full transcript of this episode.

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    • 1 hr 43 min
    Brain and Body Diversity: Q&A

    Brain and Body Diversity: Q&A

    In this Q&A episode of Season 3 of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, host Daralyse Lyons is joined by co-hosts Zack James and Azaria Keys as they take a closer look at diversity as it relates to individuals with visible and invisible disabilities, in the workplace. This episode features an interview between Daralyse and Tanner Gers, President and Founder of AccessAbility Officer, a firm that educates and trains companies so they can become more inclusive of workers with disabilities. Tanner answers listeners' questions and shares insights about the continually evolving landscape of workplace inclusion.

    In this episode, you will learn about:
    * The inherent ableist biases of our society, and some of the non-obvious struggles that persons with disabilities and neuro-diversities face.
    * The importance of a company's ownership over the process of educating leadership and employees in creating an inclusive workplace that fosters belonging and employee success.
    * The fragility of belonging, and how disabilities and neuro-diversities play a role in the intersectionality of identity.
    * The importance of coming to an employer with solutions when seeking change in the workplace.
    * The value of disability-readiness, at work and elsewhere.
    * Ways to find resources for workers, including in instances where those resources may not be readily, or obviously, available.

    Our guest expert this episode is:Tanner Gers - Tanner is the President and Founder of AccessAbility Officer, a data-driven disability inclusion firm who helps companies “Drive Ability D&I and Maximize ROI”. Tanner also serves as a board member for Menus4All, and recently co-authored Foresight Augmented Reality's solution proposal for the US Department of Transportation's Inclusive Design Challenge. Tanner is a US Paralympian, World Championship team member as well.

    Episode hosts:Azaria Keys - Azaria is the Assistant Director of the Fox School of Business' Center for Ethics, Diversity and Workplace Culture (CEDWC). Her work is driven by her passion to advocate for others and transform workplaces to be more inclusive and equitable.

    Zack James - Zack is the marketing arm of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast and is a graduate of Temple University's School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). Zack is a self-described go-giver and DEI advocate with a passion for service and making a difference across organizations.
    Daralyse Lyons - Daralyse is the host of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast as well as the author of Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity. She is a speaker, a consultant, a journalist, and a full-time DEI strategist.

    Resources this episode:Access Ability Officer

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode.

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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Brain and Body Diversity

    Brain and Body Diversity

    In this episode of Season 3 of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, host Daralyse Lyons explores visible and invisible disabilities, and the ways in which individuals with disabilities contribute to society. By shining a light on a wide range of physical, mental, emotional, and sensory disabilities, this episode highlights the importance of creating workplaces that are accessible and disability-ready.

    In this episode, you will learn about:
    * Neurodiversity and other often invisible disabilities.
    * The ways in which non-typical ways of thinking can, and often does, lead to innovation.
    * The prevalence of disabilities within society, and within the workplace.
    * The discrimination and rejection that people with invisible and visible disabilities face at work, and elsewhere.
    * How representation is key to supporting those whose bodies and brains function in ways that are not considered “typical.
    * The not-so-obvious advantages and disadvantages that people can experience when their disabilities are not readily visible to others.
    * How working with people with disabilities creates opportunities for understanding and allyship.

    Our guest experts this episode include:

    Bev Weinberg - Bev is the Founder and Executive Director of Integrate for Good is an Occupational Therapist with a passion for enhancing community engagement with a special focus on partnering with individuals with developmental disabilities.
    Tom Edwards - Tom is an Associate Professor of Instruction in Engineering Management and Director of the Department of Engineering, Technology and Management at Temple University. And he's an organizational expert who utilizes research, practical application and teaching to drive innovation in the pursuit of organizational missions.
    Slobodon Vucetic - Director of the Center for Hybrid Intelligence and a professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University. Slobodon is spearheading a multidisciplinary team at Temple. And his team at Temple was awarded $2.3 million from the National Science Foundation to develop software that will provide job assistance for those with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
    Uma Srivastava - Uma is the COO of KultureCity, an organization that is dedicated to making the nevers possible by creating sensory accessibility and inclusion for those with invisible disabilities. Uma is passionate about eradicating stigma and expanding opportunities for inclusion through awareness and intervention. She is also co-chair for the 2022 World Games Disability Inclusion and Access Committee and co-chair for the backpacks project at Rotary Nashville.
    Elizabeth Smith - Elizabeth is a graduate of Rollins College who double-majored in Music and Communications and is currently participating in the Accelerate Graduate Studies Program to obtain a Master of Public Health degree by 2024. She is a disability advocate and researcher who spoke about her experiences with remote work, and what her research showed about how remote work has enabled many individuals with disabilities to attend to their needs while optimizing their contributions and feeling connected in situations where they might have previously been excluded, either due to inaccessibility, or to identity-based discrimination.
    Alida Miranda Wolf - Alida is the author of Cultures of Belonging: Building Inclusive Organizations that Last and CEO and Founder of Ethos, a diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging firm dedicated to closing the opportunity gap for underrepresented and underserved groups.
    Tanner Gers - Tanner is the President and Founder of AccessAbility Officer, a data-driven disability inclusion firm who helps companies “Drive Ability D&I and Maximize ROI”. Tanner also serves as a board member for Menus4All, and recently co-authored Foresight Augmented Reality's solution proposal for the US Department of Transportation's Inclusive Design Challenge. Tanner is a US Paralympian, World Championship team member as well.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    #MeToo: How Pervasive and Permissive Power Dynamics Create Cultures of Harassment and Abuse

    #MeToo: How Pervasive and Permissive Power Dynamics Create Cultures of Harassment and Abuse

    In this episode of Season 3 of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, host Daralyse Lyons examines the ways in which the #MeToo Movement both made sexual harassment visible and failed to expose the extent to which harassment is supported by abusive systems. As Daralyse and those interviewed discuss the simultaneous importance and inadequacy of the #MeToo Movement, they reveal the cultural norms that promote unhealthy power dynamics, at work and elsewhere, and invite listeners to move beyond “bad apple” thinking and to create environments wherein bystanders become upstanders!

    In this episode, you will learn about:
    * How the #MeToo Movement has shifted the landscape of abuse in the workplace.
    * That abuse is systemic, and that ending it is a much larger and more daunting task than removing “bad apples.”
    * The importance of survivors sharing their stories (if they choose) as a means of empowering themselves and supporting others.
    * How workplace abuse, while more likely to be perpetrated by men against women, persists in many forms and impacts individuals of all genders.
    * How sexual abuse is, at its core, an issue of inequitable and unhealthy power dynamics.
    * What to look for when abuse is suspected, and ways in which to provide support, or seek help, in the face of workplace harassment.
    * How to intervene to prevent harassment from escalating and to empower victims of workplace abuse.

    Our guest experts this episode include:

    Leora Eisenstadt - Leora is an Associate Professor in the Department of Legal Studies at the Fox School of Business at Temple University, a Murray Shusterman Research Fellow, and the Director of the Center for Ethics, Diversity and Workplace Culture - CEDWC. Leora is also an assistant producer and consultant for the Demystifying Diversity Podcast.

    Armando X. Estrada - Armando, who everyone calls AXE, an Associate Professor in the Department of Policy, Organizational and Leadership Studies at Temple University. Prior to his current position, AXE served as a Program Manager and Senior Research Psychologist, with the Foundational Science Research Unit of the United States Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Before that, he served in the US Marine Corp from 1987 to 1995 and he continues to be actively involved in the Society for Military Psychology.
    Stephanie Vogt - Stephanie is a Sexual Assault and Post Traumatic Stress Support Counselor, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, survivor, writer and advocate for survivors of sexual violence and abuse.
    Liz Taylor - Liz is an Assistant Professor in the Sport and Recreation Management Department at Temple University's School of Sport Tourism and Hospitality Management, whose work examines gender descrimination, homophobia, sexual harassment and assault within the athletic industry, has done a lot of work examining cultures of abuse as well as how workplace expectations of employee engagement can lead to burnout.
    Ana Velasquez - Ana is a Public Relations and Online Harassment Coordinator for Right to Be, is a journalist and communications specialist who is passionate about increasing public awareness about social issues and creating healthier digital ecosystems. Prior to coming to work for Right to Be, Ana worked as a tech journalist in Columbia.
    Silvia Masiero - Silvia is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the University of Oslo and the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed works in the domain of Information and Communication Technology for Development, affectionately known as ICT4D.
    Steph Gantman Kaplan - Steph is a labor and employment attorney and partner at Blank Rome. Steph was listed in the 2020 Philadelphia Business Journal as Best of the Bar: Employment Litigation. Her professional expertise extends to all areas of labor and employment law, including helping organizations to be intentional about implementing policies that seek to increase employee satisfaction while being governed by laws and best practices.

    • 1 hr 31 min

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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.

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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.

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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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