I’ve transmuted the theory of the kinesiology of race into a two-part apparatus:
of The Equitect,™ LLC's Approach to Racial Equity & Antiracism
How do we, as a nation, attenuate structural inequity? This question has been an unhesitating one throughout my life. It started as a curious little Black girl, observing my surroundings in a Black, working class neighborhood.
Deepened as I looked at the untold stories in the groove-like creases of my Southern grandfather’s hands. And catapulted to a heightened state when I became more aware of the inhumane, yet legal pains of people who looked like me.
This question persisted throughout my professional journey in several fields. In fact, I've been creating and testing different models to disrupt persistent racial patterns in:
K-12 Ed, Academia
In college access as a co-founder of a non-profit as well as while on the admissions/selection committee for an ivy league graduate program, and
In academic and disciplinary outcomes as a K-8 educator and co-founder of a public middle school
In employee experience, leveling, performance evaluation, promotion and retention rates
By creating the first-ever company-wide strategy for racial equity as the founder & leader of Google's Center for Racial Equity and Systemic Transformation
Social Enterprise & Nonprofits
As a CEO | Founder of my own social entrepreneurship venture
In experiences of various forms of trauma in the social work/psychotherapy field
THE KINESIOLOGY OF RACE
While training to become a social scientist at Harvard University, I got the fortunate opportunity to study dimensions of race that draw on four disciplinary lenses (sociology, anthropology, comparative literature, and social psychology), and four schools of thought (structuralism, symbolic interactionism, microethnography, and phenomenology). What emerged in my dissertation was an empirically rigorous new theory of race - “The Kinesiology of Race” © 2014 - published in the Harvard Educational Review.
Distinct from prevailing understandings of race as an identity, category (diversity or representation), belief (racist, antiracist), and/or outcome (racism), I used social science empirics to re-situate race as a verb or what I call racial kinetics.
Racial kinetics position race as an activity in space and time. Each racial kinetic I found in my studies captures an interrelated and interactive complex of actions regardless of one's identity or beliefs. This theory seeks to capture the invisible, systemic nature of racial phenomena and add language to what we might mean by systemic racism. The kinesiology of race undergirds The Equitect,™ LLC's approach to antiracism and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Though I've seen some traction with experimenting with different models in various fields throughout my career, I would not say I have the silver bullet or have solved for systemic racism. I’m still in the lab of the earth school. Still, I have successfully facilitated transformational journeys - at the individual, interpersonal, collective, and organizational level. Here are a few noteworthy outcomes of these endeavors:
Quantitative Measures of Impact on 6 Indicators:
WHAT IS THE EFFICACY OF THE EQUITECT,™ LLC'S APPROACH?
The Equitect,™ LLC's Model Hopes to
the scope of explicit racial flashpoints to include how racial patterns and hierarchies emerge through the accumulation of ordinary, seemingly benign, (inter)actions.
on, rather than stop at, analyses of gaps between espoused values for racial equity and beliefs and actions.
the focus of diversity analytics to how racial meanings implicitly move through the operations of an organization or become systemic.
from an individualistic analysis of who is and is not racist or antiracist, emphasizing how it can extend beyond the control of a single individual or event.
“One of the big lessons for me is just at any given moment - in a work meeting, in collaboration, how many different dynamics are at play in terms of people asserting power, relinquishing power…[my actions had] nuanced ripple effects that were very unintended. And her rubric, frame, theory, and tools that she gave us really just enabled me to start analyzing myself and dynamics in a much more nuanced, multidimensional fashion. My mind is pretty blown…”
“It CHANGED my relationship with conflict! Which is no small thing. It was so healthy to be in a space where we were having conflict or tension and learning with her guidance and prodding, how to use it to move the work forward that we are actually trying to collaborate on as a group...how to go deeper on a topic or get to a better solution by going through conflict, WILLINGLY, and getting it to be productive.”
“I was blown away with how quickly we were in the [race] work...I also experienced having a mirror held up to me in a way that I never have before…It also helped me to understand that some of the stories that I have about myself...the reality is that the rest of the folks in the room don’t experience me that way...that’s a story I tell myself that is just not true...”