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Building more equitable and inclusive relationships and communities requires a commitment to increasing our understanding of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice in thought, and in practice. Actively committing ourselves to a lifetime of learning and critical self-reflection can show us the roles we can play in creating a better world by being the change we wish to see in it.

Hosted by Social Worker, Social Justice Educator, Writer, and Organizational Consultant Relando Thompkins-Jones, The Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian Podcast is an extension of the blog of the same name. In each Episode, Relando covers important topics geared toward increasing your capacity to learn and lead for equity, and social justice.

Since 2011, Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian has been a place where he's written about and curated content on issues of equity and social justice. Through using media for social justice education, Relando hopes to expand and enrich the narratives about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take action while encouraging others to do the same, in their own ways.

No matter where you come from, what your identities are, or what area of work or study you’re in, there’s room for all of us in this work, and Relando hopes that engaging with the podcast and the blog can move you closer to discovering or reaffirming your own answers to questions you have about how to best be of service. Hit subscribe to join the dialogue.

Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian Relando Thompkins-Jones

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Building more equitable and inclusive relationships and communities requires a commitment to increasing our understanding of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice in thought, and in practice. Actively committing ourselves to a lifetime of learning and critical self-reflection can show us the roles we can play in creating a better world by being the change we wish to see in it.

Hosted by Social Worker, Social Justice Educator, Writer, and Organizational Consultant Relando Thompkins-Jones, The Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian Podcast is an extension of the blog of the same name. In each Episode, Relando covers important topics geared toward increasing your capacity to learn and lead for equity, and social justice.

Since 2011, Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian has been a place where he's written about and curated content on issues of equity and social justice. Through using media for social justice education, Relando hopes to expand and enrich the narratives about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take action while encouraging others to do the same, in their own ways.

No matter where you come from, what your identities are, or what area of work or study you’re in, there’s room for all of us in this work, and Relando hopes that engaging with the podcast and the blog can move you closer to discovering or reaffirming your own answers to questions you have about how to best be of service. Hit subscribe to join the dialogue.

    Black Anger and Rage Have a Place in Racial Justice Work

    Black Anger and Rage Have a Place in Racial Justice Work

    Contrary to what many of us have been told, there is a place for Black anger and rage in racial justice work. In this week's episode, Relando affirms that there are things that we just should never get used to, and that Black people have every right to be angry about their oppression.

    Blog Post referenced in this episode:
    Yes, Anger Does Influence My Work for Racial Justice, and No, We Won't Calm Down: https://notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com/yes-anger-does-influence-my-work-for-racial-justice-and-no-we-wont-calm-down/

    Pairs Well With
    You Deserve Better. Solidarity Should Not Be Conditional in the Fight for Racial Justice: https://podcast.notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com/you-deserve-better-solidarity-should-not-be-conditional-in-the-fight-for-racial-justice/

    Support the podcast by becoming a patron: patreon.com/NAHBlog

    Other Important Links:

    Blog: notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com
    Podcast Website: podcast.notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com
    Relando's Website: relandothompkinsjones.com
    Social Justice Origin Stories Podcast: socialjusticeoriginstories.com
    Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian by Relando Thompkins Jones is a project of Thompkins-Jones Consulting. All Rights Reserved.

    Establishing Community Agreements Should Be A Liberatory Process in Social Justice Work

    Establishing Community Agreements Should Be A Liberatory Process in Social Justice Work

    Establishing community agreements goes a long way toward building psychological safety between people and groups in social justice work. In this week's episode Relando shares some examples of community agreements that he's found helpful in this process, with the message that establishing community agreements should be a liberatory activity. They are intended to open authentic, radically candid communication instead of limiting it. One key question to ask: "What elements need to be in place for me to show up authentically in the space?"

    Blog Posts referenced in this episode:
    In Dialogue, "Ground Rules" are Meant to be Liberatory: https://notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com/in-dialogue-ground-rules-are-meant-to-be-liberatory/

    On Communication: Debate vs Dialogue: https://notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com/on-communication-debate-vs-dialogue/

    Respecting Diversity in the Classroom & Beyond: Multicultural Guidelines: https://notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com/respecting-diversity-in-the-classroom-multicultural-guidelines/

    Support the podcast by becoming a patron: patreon.com/NAHBlog

    Other Important Links:

    Blog: notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com
    Podcast Website: podcast.notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com
    Relando's Website: relandothompkinsjones.com
    Social Justice Origin Stories Podcast: socialjusticeoriginstories.com
    Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian by Relando Thompkins Jones is a project of Thompkins-Jones Consulting. All Rights Reserved.

    • 32 min
    It's Okay to Shift

    It's Okay to Shift

    The pandemic has had a disproportionately negative impact on the lives of people with marginalized identities, and the workplace is no exception. In this week's episode, Relando shares a call for organizational leaders to center equity in their decision-making, and an affirmation for staff with marginalized identities in the event that their organizations are unwilling to do that.

    Blog Post referenced in this episode:
    Reflecting on Organizational Leadership in a Pandemic:https://www.relandothompkinsjones.com/reflecting-on-organizational-leadership-in-a-pandemic/

    It's Okay to Shift: https://www.relandothompkinsjones.com/its-okay-to-shift/

    Support the podcast by becoming a patron: patreon.com/NAHBlog

    Other Important Links:

    Blog: notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com
    Podcast Website: podcast.notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com
    Relando's Website: relandothompkinsjones.com
    Social Justice Origin Stories Podcast: socialjusticeoriginstories.com
    Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian by Relando Thompkins Jones is a project of Thompkins-Jones Consulting. All Rights Reserved.

    • 17 min
    Four Social Justice Considerations for Group Work Practice

    Four Social Justice Considerations for Group Work Practice

    Acknowledging power dynamics is important in social justice work. When working in closed groups, none of us passes through some invisible barrier that removes our privilege or oppression. In this week's episode, Relando shares four socially just considerations for practitioners to keep at the top of their minds when engaging in group work.

    Blog Post referenced in this episode:
    4 Ways to Stay Mindful of Social Justice Issues in Group Work Practice: https://notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com/4-ways-to-stay-mindful-of-social-justice-issues-in-group-work-practice/

    Support the podcast by becoming a patron: patreon.com/NAHBlog

    Other Important Links:

    Blog: notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com
    Podcast Website: podcast.notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com
    Relando's Website: relandothompkinsjones.com
    Social Justice Origin Stories Podcast: socialjusticeoriginstories.com
    Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian by Relando Thompkins Jones is a project of Thompkins-Jones Consulting. All Rights Reserved.

    • 16 min
    We Make Black History Everyday. We Rise, We Survive, We Fly

    We Make Black History Everyday. We Rise, We Survive, We Fly

    We make Black History Everyday. We rise, we survive, we fly. Dedicated to Black people everywhere; in this week's episode Relando shares some important imagery that helps to remind him of how we are connected to a larger whole on the path to racial equity and justice.

    Blog Post referenced in this episode:
    We Make Black History Everyday. We Rise, We Survive, We Fly https://notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com/we-make-black-history-everyday-we-rise-we-survive-we-fly/

    Support the podcast by becoming a patron: patreon.com/NAHBlog

    Other Important Links:

    Blog: notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com
    Podcast Website: podcast.notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com
    Relando's Website: relandothompkinsjones.com
    Social Justice Origin Stories Podcast: socialjusticeoriginstories.com
    Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian by Relando Thompkins Jones is a project of Thompkins-Jones Consulting. All Rights Reserved.

    • 12 min
    Crowdsourced Interview Questions for DEI Positions

    Crowdsourced Interview Questions for DEI Positions

    If you are passionate about social justice work in education and are currently in the interview phase for a position that works toward inclusion and equity at an institution, it is important to recognize that you are interviewing that institution as much as they are interviewing you. This is especially true if you hold multiple marginalized identities. In this week's episode, Relando shares examples of questions to ask to provide some additional clarity in deciding if the environment you are considering entering into is the right one for you.

    Blog Post referenced in this episode:
    Crowdsourced Interview Questions for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Positions in Education: https://notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com/crowdsourced-interview-questions-for-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-positions-in-education/

    Original document--"Crowdsource Interview Document for DE&I positions": https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CUDuHkznSS88GEmoAlbezBAqRNrznw4rCFrT921dqP0/mobilebasic

    Support the podcast by becoming a patron: patreon.com/NAHBlog

    Other Important Links:

    Blog: notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com
    Podcast Website: podcast.notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com
    Relando's Website: relandothompkinsjones.com
    Social Justice Origin Stories Podcast: socialjusticeoriginstories.com
    Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian by Relando Thompkins Jones is a project of Thompkins-Jones Consulting. All Rights Reserved.

    • 24 min

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