Black DSPs Matter Part One: Historical Overview

Sep 29, 2021 | Webinars

In 2020, the NADSP shared a statement of solidarity to those feeling the pain of systemic racism and marginalization. We categorically dismiss anyone or any system that discriminates against people and recognize that a large part of our mission is to promote system reform. With this in mind, we have worked to create programing and information that is presented by people of color and support direct support professionals in the intellectual and developmental disability service system.

The NADSP is committed to recognizing and enhancing the direct support workforce. The demographics of this workforce shows us that a majority of direct support professionals are people of color, particularly women. Our system of supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has historically relied heavily on this marginalized workforce. Over the next few months, the NADSP will present three in-depth webinars looking into race and the direct support workforce.

Our intention with this webinar series is to provide awareness and understanding of the experiences that black direct support professionals may face. The first session will provide a historical overview to understand what race is and its history in labor movements.

10/20/21
2:00pm  – 3:00pm ET

In the first session, Dr. Juan Salinas of the University of North Florida will explore the foundations of Systemic Racism in US society and culture. He will offer a critical analysis of structural, organizational, and individual forms of racism that impact the racial minorities in the US workforce. This sociological perspective engages in a critical analysis of racism and its impact on labor and wealth inequality. It will also explore the origins of race and racism, modern racial ideologies, and anti-racism solutions to improve workplace relations.

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