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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 & AnnaMarie Jones

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 20 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.

    Asian Studies Q&A

    Asian Studies Q&A

    In this Q & A episode of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse and AnnaMarie delve more deeply into the topics discussed in Episode 3, Asian Studies: An Examination of How the Model Minority Myth Has Contributed to the Virus of Hate Afflicting Asians in America.

    They speak about the profound impact of language and how words have the power to weaponize or unite. They explore the interconnection of oppression that afflicts Black and Asian communities, revealing how the “model minority myth” is a way to create division between communities of color. And finally, they talk about hope and unity and how our capacity to love becomes strengthened by our capacity to step outside of our comfort zones.

    In this episode, you will be asked to think about the ways in which you can shift your language and your perspective to ensure that your thoughts and words are in alignment with your true values.

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

    Resources to explore

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

    I'm Mixed! by Maggy Williams (Daralyse Lyons' pseudonym) Buy the Book

    The Meng Resolution Visit the Website

    Vanderbilt Race and Racism PDF Read More

    UCLA Report Read More

    Episode sponsor
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    • 43 min
    Asian Studies:An Examination of How the Model Minority Myth Has Contributed to the Virus of Hate Afflicting Asians in America

    Asian Studies:An Examination of How the Model Minority Myth Has Contributed to the Virus of Hate Afflicting Asians in America

    In this episode of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse Lyons looks at the ways in which the model minority myth has contributed to the ongoing oppression of Asians in the United States. During the outbreak of Covid-19, anti-Asian bias has been increasing in intensity and severity, yet there is a long and painful history of othering that Asians in America have endured. Daralyse explores the physical and emotional violence that is plaguing Asian Americans in the United States and how these hate crimes have been fueled by national and local leadership.

    As we move forward, it is essential to become aware of the model minority trap, and to educate ourselves and others about the danger of stereotyping. We must examine the ways in which all racism is interconnected and how White supremacy is integrally embedded in our system.

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

    Voices Featured:
    -On-cho Ng
    -Dave Kyu
    -Dr. Hahn Bui Keating
    -John Wang
    -Don Wyatt
    -Cinder Kuss
    -Paul Reese
    -Jon Quénard
    -Armee Grace Campos
    -Michelle (Chelle) Campos-Velez
    -Juan Rosa
    -Elizabeth Hasegawa Agresta
    -Thomas Agresta
    -Nikky
    -Ben

    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 Financial Needs Analysis.

    Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity Buy the Book

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Black and Blue Q&A

    Black and Blue Q&A

    In this Q & A episode of Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse and AnnaMarie delve more deeply into the topics discussed in Black and Blue: An Exploration of the Inequities in a Broken Criminal Justice System.

    They speak about how the horrific deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and others have spurred worldwide protests as part of the largest social justice movement in United States history, review statistics of wrongful and conflated convictions of BIPOC, and speak about how the criminal justice system advantages wealth persecutes poverty.

    In this episode, Daralyse and AnnaMarie discuss de-escalation techniques, such as “calculate, locate, communicate, breathe, and exhale”, a system utilized by Dr. Howard Stevenson, who teaches police officers how to bring mindfulness practices to charged racial moments, and discuss the importance of reimagining the relationship power dynamics that traumatize communities of color and traumatize law enforcement officers.

    In the listener question segment, listeners call and email with a host of questions some of which include: How can BIPOC transcend the trauma inflicted by the criminal justice system and find personal empowerment in the wake of horrible situations? What specific police reforms are being taken by the Radnor police department? What does it mean to “defund the police”? And Is Black Lives Matter a movement or an organization? (Spoiler alert: It's both.)

    This episode will inspire you to interrogate your biases, embrace more anti-racist perspectives, and question the status quo.


    Learn more at:

    https://www.demystifyingdiversitypodcast.com/

    Resources to explore:

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

    Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland by Jonathan Metzl Buy the Book

    Mixedracefaces Visit the Website

    Serial: Season 3 Podcast Visit the Website

    Anti Police-Terror Project Visit the Website

    Association of Black Psychologists Visit the Website

    Episode sponsor:

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

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Black and Blue:An Exploration of the Inequities in a Broken Criminal Justice System

    Black and Blue:An Exploration of the Inequities in a Broken Criminal Justice System

    In this episode of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse Lyons looks at the ways in which institutional racism creates power dynamics that support brutality against Black and Brown Americans. She explores how and why unexamined biases make us a danger to ourselves and others and how introspection, reflection, and exposure to diversity are imperative if we hope to create a better system. The guests in this episode divulge important information about the mass incarceration of Black males in America and how the enduring impacts of slavery continue to place Black and Brown people at risk.

    Black Americans account for 12 percent of the U.S. population, yet they make up approximately 40 percent of the nation's prison inmates. Until we own and acknowledge the deeply rooted nature of racism, we will never put an end to the cycle of violence and victimization.

    This episode explores how police officers are not only often inflicting pain on communities of color, but also on themselves and how officers of color find themselves in the painful predicament of being forced to choose between their Black identities and their blue uniforms.

    As we move forward, it is essential to ask ourselves: How can we create structures that promote vulnerability and prevent against brutality?

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

    Voices featured:
    -Captain Edward Cobbs, Jr
    -Russell Murray
    -Dr. Howard Stevenson
    -Salaah Muhammad
    -August Terrier
    -Senator Sharif Street
    -Superintendent Christopher Flanagan
    -Paul Reese

    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 Financial Needs Analysis.
    Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity Buy the Book

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Biraciality Q&A

    Biraciality Q&A

    In this Q & A episode of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse and AnnaMarie delve more deeply into the topics discussed in Biraciality: Embracing the Nuanced Nature of Race, Ethnicity, and Identity.

    They review the lingering impact of the one-drop rule, the constructed and learned definitions of race, and the ways in which individual and societal perceptions can shift over time. Together, they discuss the ways in which more expanded understandings of race can help break down internal and external barriers.

    In the listener participation portion, listeners ask questions and share insights that will inspire you to think more deeply and inspire you to move beyond limited conceptions of race and identity.

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

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

    I'm Mixed! by Maggy Williams (Daralyse Lyons' pseudonym) Buy the Book

    The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Buy the Book

    A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life by Allyson Hobbs Buy the Book

    “I'm More Than An 'Other'” by Meghan Markle Read the Article

    Treasured Locks Visit the Website

    Raising Biracial Babies Visit the Website

    Hair Love by Matthew Cherry Buy the Book

    Big Hair, Don't Care by Crystal Swain-Bates Buy the Book

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

    • 50 min
    Biraciality:Embracing the Nuanced Nature of Race, Ethnicity, and Identity

    Biraciality:Embracing the Nuanced Nature of Race, Ethnicity, and Identity

    In this episode of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse Lyons interviews a variety of Biracial individuals about their experiences navigating life with multiple, intersecting identities. She asks: How has the enduring impact of slavery and ongoing systemic racism contributed to how people identify in terms of race? How does race act as a social construct? Why is there a broad spectrum of blackness and a narrow spectrum of whiteness, and is it possible to embrace more non-binary, nuanced conceptions of race?

    Through the stories and experiences of the voices in this episode, you will be asked to examine skin privilege, race, and the ways in which the bigoted one-drop rule still infiltrates our conceptions of ourselves and each other. When it comes to racial and ethnic identity, there are no easy answers, but we need to be asking ourselves questions about the ways in which historical power dynamics continue to show up in the lives of Biracial people.

    As we move forward, the most important question may be: How can we own and embrace all aspects of our identities, and what is lost when we don't?

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

    Voices featured:
    -AnnaMarie Jones
    -Russita Buchanan
    -Isabel Ballester
    -Jose Gonzalez
    -Malcolm Burnley
    -JoAnn George
    -Sunny Taylor


    Episode sponsors:

    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.


    Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity Buy the Book

    • 57 min

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