Finding cooperative solutions to organizational and interpersonal conflicts
Identifying challenges and creating solutions based on the unique needs of the organization
Dynamic DEI Solutions is committed to engaging in the process of organizational change to support more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces.
We are committed to creating environments in which all people feel seen, affirmed, and valued.
Assess the current state of the organization’s commitment to DEI work and identify a strategy and manner of implementation, using metrics to measure the success of the plan 3-12 months out
Build DEI knowledge, awareness, and skills among organization’s leadership to cultivate an authentic culture of equity and inclusion
Integrate DEI into the organization’s objectives, systems, and processes
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Organizations need simple interventions that are sustainable and measurable with clear metrics. For example, utilizing interviews with participants and focus groups, will help determine whether the diversity intervention has been impactful.
Diversity must be integrated into the unique culture of the organization, not be window dressing for advertising brochures and social media. That almost always backfires.
I have been, over the last 2 decades, an academic, activist, and educator. I established Dynamic DEI Solutions in the interest of supporting DEIB initiatives nationwide through meaningful engagement with change agent stakeholders. I see the critical need for a scaled approach to supporting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging work in various sectors. I meet each client where they are
A Philadelphia native and St. Louis transplant, I recently concluded a 12-year tenure at Lindenwood University where I was Associate Professor of French and English, and Chair of the Gender Studies Program. While at Lindenwood, I was as dedicated to serving my university community as I was to my teaching. As a member of the Lindenwood DEI Task Force and faculty advisor for the campus GSA (Genders and Sexualities Alliance), I supported several important policy proposals and changes and DEI improvements on campus, notably the establishment of a Title IX position, an inclusive university portal and canvas system wherein pronouns and chosen names can be entered, and the addition of several vital categories to the University’s Policy of Non-Discrimination such as gender identity and sexuality.
and offer customized and sustainable interventions that, when gradually employed, can elevate the collective consciousness of an organization.
I was honored to have received the MLK Leadership Award in 2020 for my unwavering commitment to advancing DEI initiatives in and around the University. I was also featured in the OUT in STL magazine as one of the top Queer Influencers of 2020, Heather Brown-Hudson: The Teacher.
I earned an M.A. in French Language and Literature from Middlebury College and a PhD in Comparative Literature with a certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York in New York City. I currently reside in St. Louis, MO.
In 2018, I delivered a TEDx talk on The Art of Persistence TEDxLindenwoodU: The Art of Persistence. In 2019, I secured my own TEDx license and curated TEDXRitenourRoad SpeakUp after Lindenwood University abruptly canceled the second planned TEDx event, More on that here.