The protests spurred on by the deaths of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, have turned everyone’s attention to the serious racism pandemic in the U.S. and beyond. In the career development world, we’ve known for a long time about systemic biases and oppression that harm racial and ethnic minorities in general and Black Americans in particular, but change has been slow and profound problems seem entrenched. What are some things that those of us working in career development can do differently (or better) to support students or clients who are people of color? How can we work on a broader structural level to ensure that purposeful work is not only for the privileged few, but can be experienced by everyone? And how can people of faith, specifically, contribute? In this episode we welcome TaRita Johnson, MSW, director of the Career Center at Calvin University, to discuss racism, structural oppression, justice, and hope for a renewed world.
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