" REPLACING REJECTION, SUPPRESSION, AND OPPRESSION
WITH EQUITY, EMPOWERMENT, INCLUSION, AND RESPECT"
Dante is a native of San Francisco. He is a Workforce, Learning & Organizational Development professional, specializing in the implementation of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and implicit/unconscious bias educational training, with more than 15 years experience. Throughout his career he has gained expertise in designing, developing, and delivering a combination of retreats, classes, and seminars.
The primary focus of his life has been working to promote equity, inclusion, and equality of underserved, under-acknowledged, and underprivileged populations; specifically communities of color, sexual orientation, and gender minorities.
Dante’s goal is to ultimately help, individuals, organizations, and institutions understand and make connections between historical and current factors/influences that perpetuate institutional, systemic, and structural oppression in mainstream society.
Currently, Dante is the Executive Leader of Diversity, Culture, Equity, and Employee Experience for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). In addition, he is also partnering with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); providing education, leadership/executive development, and coaching; as well as staff support for the California Preterm Birth Initiative. The initiative is focused on closing preterm birth gaps of black and Latinx women, as they are significantly and dangerously higher than that of white and East Asian women. Dante is guiding the staff through a years-long journey to steepen understanding of structural, systemic and institutional white racism/privilege, anti-blackness; the ways in which both have been leveraged to consistently marginalize black and brown people historically into the present; links to inter/multi-generational trauma; as well as determining effective, tangible and meaningful ways to deliver services to these communities.
“But all our phrasing—race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the economics, the graphs, the charts, the regressions all land, with great violence, upon the body.”
― Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me