Kimberly is a licensed social worker with 16 years of experience in nonprofit and government. With her belief and commitment to community organizing, change management, and systems development, she is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is a founding member and former chair of the Texas Chapter’s Race, Equity, Accountability, and Leadership Committee. She has made a commitment to transform programs and service delivery to immigrant communities, black expecting moms, the unhoused, and individuals living with mental health and substance use concerns.
This personal mission inspires her to serve as a readily available community advocate for those in need. She is committed to addressing the true impact of racial discrimination and empowering the communities that are most affected. Through grounded elevation coaching and consulting, she continues to bridge aspects of her lived experience as a Haitian American woman, caseworker, organizer, teacher, artist, and anti-racism consultant to provide support to black and brown communities nationwide.
In this episode, Dr. Gaye Lang and Kimberly Lauriston discuss:
The intersectionality of diversity
Ways one can adapt to diversity
Seeing the world in color
The importance of quiet quitting
Race is very important to diversity but there should also be considerations about ability, gender/sex orientation and identity, and degree or educational level. The intersectionality of all that is important.
Show people your value through your competence more than your words. If people don’t recognize it, then go to a place where your value is recognized. Even if it can be risky to search elsewhere sometimes, it is worth it to give your best in a community that allows and celebrates you giving your best.
Everyone in the world has a different story and a different way of seeing the world. If you are not willing to surround yourself with people who are different, you are robbing yourself of the opportunity to see the world in full beautiful colors.
Quiet quitting is important. Don't do more than what you're paid for so that you will have leverage to request a higher title, higher pay, and more incentives. If they value you, they will pour into you as an employee regardless of your age, sex, and ability.
“Folks who are resisting DEI, I always tell them that ‘you are robbing yourself, of being of growing of learning because you are afraid to experience and see a little bit of the life beyond your own limited experience.’” - Kimberly Lauriston
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