Black Motivational Speaker on
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion - Jordan H. Davis
Equity is not a "soft skill." It's not a program nor a mantra. It is something that we all must work toward and lead with to create meaningful opportunities for all
Many of our students don't feel like they belong in the classrooms that they sit in. When students don't feel seen and included, their learning and achievement suffer. Sense of belonging is strongly correlated with higher retention and improved student health. School leaders, university presidents, and federal and private donors expect evidence of effective DEI practices, which determines funding and accreditation. Polarization and divisiveness have paralyzed difficult conversations, preventing us from fully grabbling with complex social dynamics that prevent inclusivity. How do we create a culture of inclusivity and equity in our school/organization?
How Jordan can help solve it:
As a 23-year-old African American male first-generation college student, Jordan speaks from his experiences navigating two historically white institutions. Having the perspective of students, educators, and staff who also navigate these schools and institutions is vitally important; Jordan's experience facilitating productive conversations on antiracism with diverse members of the campus community makes him uniquely positioned to solve the complex problems outlined above. His age and relatability to young people yields powerful results for all audiences, but especially students who want to be change agents.
Your audience will leave the keynote:
Motivated to confront their own barriers to fully engaging in justice work
Ruminating about ideas for incentivizing the stakeholders who carry out this work
Aware of the "why" and "how" behind creating belonging
Understanding the connection between wellness and inclusivity