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Sandra Maria Van Opstal
on self care for people of color, dealing with disillusionment, Black/Brown Christians
Recorded July 10, 2020
At the time, Sandra Maria Van Opstal was Pastor, Grace and Peace Community
Can you share a little about your background and the work you are doing?
What are some principles you've learned in regard to diversity?
How have you seen white dominance recognized and addressed in organizations?
We often find that leaders of color are brought into organization in tokenistic ways that prevent their voices from having an impact. Have you seen that?
Can you share about the disillusionment that can be felt by leaders of color?
Are there times when you encourage a leader of color to leave an organization because it is an unhealthy environment?
What are your thoughts regarding current dynamics between Black and Brown (Hispanic/Latino) Christians and their different views on racial dynamics?
Can you share why you felt it was important to have a group that was only people of color?
How can people connect with you and the work you are doing?
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