Dante King

Mission

Dante's mission is facilitating experiences for individuals and organizations to build capacity for valuing diversity; promoting equity and inclusion as the pathway to enhanced engagement and sustained success within an ever-changing society.

About the Work

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The primary focus of Dante's 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 to: 

  • Identify and understand racism as psychological, sociological, legal, and cultural as the main property and function of government/governance.

  • Examine racial sanctioning rooted in colorism, and the reasons racism was established and embedded into the legal, institutional, social, economic, and hierarchical fabric of U.S. culture.

  • Explore and examine personal life experiences; relationships to race, racism, racial power, and privilege; racial injustices, inequity, powerlessness, and oppression which underlie ongoing intergenerational racial traumas and triggers.

  • Highlight racial inequalities and inequities through the realm of anti-Blackness, the experiences of non-White people, and White people, to examine the ways in which racial power and privilege, as well as racial powerlessness and dis-privilege impact the humanity of all individuals in a racialized society.   

  • Realize the views held by every individual are informed by a combination of many life experiences which are all unique and subjective.  Understand the views we all hold as individuals are not equal, fair, or neutral; and they can never be rendered or validated in that manner.

  • Make connections about the ways perceptions inform how people relate to, and/or treat people from similar or different racial and ethnic communities; examining both explicit and implicit biases.​

  • Develop awareness and make connections about institutional, structural, systemic, systematic, and interpersonal racism (as White supremacy culture and anti-Blackness culture) its purposes and functionalities in our society; specifically, within the organizations, institutions, and communities where we work and live.

  • Identify and analyze the impacts of race across a variety of different aspects of identities (referred to as intersectionality) – sex, gender, housing, unsheltered/homelessness status, education, economics, healthcare, outcomes, sexual orientation, etc.; and deepen understanding about the ways in which racism magnifies misfortune across intersections.​

  • Build skills to combat explicit and implicit biases, stemming from racist perceptions, stigmas, and stereotypes to develop empathy for people who have different backgrounds and experiences.

  • Identify areas and opportunities where challenges prevent individuals from accepting and embracing feedback.  Establish  skills and processes to develop and build capacity to hear from others about the perpetration racial harm.

  • Incorporate racial justice, anti-racism, and racial and social equity into organizational change, including dismantling racial gaps and disparities in recruitment, hiring, pay, promotions, performance management, employee engagement and professional development, retention, and overall leadership competencies and abilities.

  • Focus on inclusivity and enhanced support of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian-Pacific Islander, and other people referred to as "People of Color".

 

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Bio

Dante King is a native of San Francisco, California. He is an author of the new book The 400-Year Holocaust: White America's Legal, Psychopathic, and Sociopathic Black Genocide and the Revolt Against Critical Race Theory. Dante is also a professor of African American and Black Studies, encompassing research interests that include race, racism, and the law in pre-and-post colonial America. He is a historian, scholar, thought-leader, facilitator, and coach.

 

Dante has worked and consulted for more than 15-years as a human resource management professional specializing in the implementation of anti-racist practice, and organizational development and change. 

 

In 2018, Dante partnered with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to develop and enact the City and County of San Francisco's Racial Equity Ordinance, which led to the first-ever citywide Office of Racial Equity (2019).

 

Dante was previously the Deputy Director for the Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity, in San Francisco, one of the largest public health organizations in the country with more than 8,000 employees. He led and directed the development and implementation of the department's Racial Equity Action Plan, which focused on improving both workforce and health equity outcomes. He also led the development and implementation of several highly impactful antiracism and racial equity policies and programs (i.e., Antiracism Recruitment and Hiring Policy, Healing Time Off, Respect in the Workplace, etc.). One of his most significant accomplishments, while at the SFDPH, was the implementation of the department's first ever Antiracism and Racial Equity Leaders Fellowship, a 12-week cohort which included more than 50 executive and senior leaders. 

 

Prior to assuming this role, Dante was the Director of Race, Equity, and Inclusion at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), one of the largest municipal transportation agencies in the country, with more than 6,000 employees. He led and directed the design, development, and implementation of the agency's first-ever Racial Equity Action Plan, focused on improving workforce outcomes. He also collaborated with his peers on the executive leadership team, which included the Human Resources Director, to develop and enact policies and programs which directly targeted racial disparities and disproportionate organizational outcomes.

In addition, Dante King founded the Black Employees Alliance (B.E.A), in 2019. Under his leadership, the B.E.A has advocated and sought justice for the City and County of San Francisco's more than 4,500 employees. The B.E.A consistently partnered with San Francisco Leadership (Mayor London N. Breed, S.F. Board of Supervisor President Shamann Walton, Hillary Ronen, Matt Haney, and Sandra Fewer), as well as department heads and senior leaders, to highlight and combat racial inequities and disparities. The group's advocacy was in direct response to racial disparities concerning Black employees across all departments, in the areas of recruitment and hiring, pay and promotions, recognition, and discipline and terminations.

 

Additionally, the Black Employees Alliance was instrumental in compelling and influencing Mayor Breed's appointment of Dr. William Gould IV, whose firm investigated the city's employment practices, issuing a comprehensive summary of findings and recommendations. The B.E.A partnered with Mr. Gould and his colleagues to produce information and data that led to many of the findings.

In addition to Dante's Human Resources Management experience, and public service, he has taught courses for Stanford Medical School, Johns Hopkins, UCSF, and the Mayo Clinic. He currently serves as guest faculty at the Mayo Clinic, and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where he teaches a course called Understanding the Roots of Racism and Bias: Antiblackness and Its Links to Whiteness, White Racism, Privilege, and Power.

 

Dante has consulted and consulted with organizations in the areas of human resource management, antiracism policy and program development and implementation.  Some of the organizations Dante has worked with include the San Francisco Police Department; San Francisco Department of Police Accountability; California State Public Defender's Office; San Francisco Public Defender's Office; Johns Hopkins University; Stanford University School of Medicine; University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine; Wikimedia Foundation; The Athletic; Oakland Unified School District; UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach; UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative; UCSF Alliance Health Project; California Prevention Training Center; and BATS Improv; to name a few.

Dante has presented at annual conferences, such as the National Education Association's Annual Conference on Race and Social Justice (NEA), American Public Health Association (APHA), and Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

 

He has been featured on Legal Lens with Angela Reddock-Wright (KBLA 1580)The Sisaundra Show, KPFA Radio, California Prevention Training Center Podcast, Intentional Conversations with Dr. Nika White, and a host of other outlets.

Amongst an array of many awards and recognition, most recently, in spring and summer of 2022, Dante was awarded 1st Place, by The Bookfest Awards, in the genre of Non-Fiction History for penning The 400-Year Holocaust. Dante also received the Dr. Huey P. Newton Trailblazer and Legacy Award, presented by B.H. Brilliant Minds, Inc., for his consistent leadership and advocacy on behalf of Black communities in Oakland and San Francisco, California, and abroad.  

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Education

Dante holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies, and a Masters degree in Education, from California State University, East Bay. He also possesses a Human Resources Management certification.

 

Dante has begun doctoral work in the area of Educational Leadership and Social Justice, with main focuses in challenging White supremacy and antiblackness, and their cumulative impacts on Black people.