Today, more and more of us are feeling this disconnection. Some of us are becoming increasingly aware of this disconnection as our neighborhoods and workplaces are becoming more diverse. A number of us want greater connection, yet we are unsure how to connect. We are reticent to make the attempt; being inhibited by the potential for unintentionally offending folks or worse, making a mistake and being labeled a 'racist'. Others, such as educators, social service providers, and healthcare providers, to name but a few, who are serving in communities becoming increasingly diverse by the year are also feeling this disconnection, perhaps even more keenly. For how many times have these professionals, good people with the best of intentions, had their efforts misinterpreted and their assistance rejected? The same questions apply to businesses, as they work to attract and develop more diverse staff, and work to serve ever more diverse partners, clients, and customers.
Dr. Klusky wrote “Reverse Integration” for white folks interested in learning to be with their brothers and sisters of color, though all readers will likely find something of value in its pages. “Reverse Integration” is part sociological study, part autobiography, Dr. Klusky first examines the sociological and psychological forces behind our disconnection, and its impacts on both Americans of color as well as white Americans. Then, through stories of the lessons he has learned as a white man serving in, and becoming a part of, the African American community in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Jay provides the reader with guides to creating their own paths to connection as we endeavor to make America a more just and equitable community.
Reverse Integration Presentations and Workshops
Meaningfully Connecting Across Diverse Cultures
Dr. Jay can help you build a stronger community and a more sensitive, effective workforce through laying the foundation for meaningful connections among people from diverse backgrounds. While the focus of his work is helping white professionals more confidently build connections with their team, peers, clients, and customers of color, many others can find somethings to take away from the work.
Other Areas of Expertise
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