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The Depth of the Cut: How Respectability, Performativity and Inaction Can Ruin Your Organization

June 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In our society, we are socialized to understand that what we wear, how we speak, and even our hairstyle define us. However, for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), the pressure to present “correctly” to be accepted and treated with respect is exponentially greater.

Respectability politics, or the codes of behavior that BIPOC and other historically marginalized groups attempt to use to appear acceptable to the dominant culture, carries significant financial, physical and mental health implications. In the workplace, this dangerous coping mechanism not only continues to perpetuate schisms between BIPOC employees and the organization more broadly, but also results in sustaining toxic workplace cultures where marginalization is allowed to continue.

In this free webinar, panelists will discuss how respectability politics have impacted their personal and professional lives and how performative responses from management are not the answer. While performative measures may be authorized with good intent, the results often negatively impact the very people who these measures seek to support. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to go beyond the performative, toward true organizational change. This requires leaders to demonstrate sweat equity – stepping outside their comfort zone and choosing to roll up their sleeves, get in the trenches, and risk their political capital for a safer workplace for all.


  • Erica Buchanan, Executive Director, CADENCE of Louisiana
  • Xavier Clark, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Analyst, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Laetitia Senjo, Clinical Program Manager, CRi
  • Sasha Sencer, Director, Education & Intersectional Collaboration, ANCOR (moderator)

Click here to Register for this Webinar


June 28
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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