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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 American History, African American History, and Black Studies. His research interests include the intersections of race, racism, and legality throughout pre-and-post colonial America. Dante currently serves as guest faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine (UCSF), as well as the Mayo Clinic. Dante is a historian, scholar, public motivational speaker, 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.

While working as a senior Human Resources Manager at the City and County of San Francisco (2016-2019), Dante designed and implemented a citywide anti-racism and bias training, Creating and Inclusive Environment: An Introduction to Implicit Bias. More than 20,000 city employees have received this training to date. Dante also managed and led the team of trainers who delivered the training to all employees and members of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). As a part of this project Dante provided consistent feedback and hands-on guidance and direction to the SFPD executive leadership team.

 

In early 2020, a confidential email written to SFPD Chief Bill Scott, appeared in the San Francisco Examiner. The email to Chief Scott highlighted the depth of anti-Black bias and racism Dante and his team experienced from many members of the SFPD, during the three years they provided training to the department. The feedback Dante provided to Chief Scott, led to Dante presenting his findings to the San Francisco Police Commission, as well as systemic programmatic and policy-oriented changes throughout the department.

In addition, Dante King founded the Black Employees Alliance (B.E.A), in 2019. 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 collaborated 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 keynoted and presented at annual conferences, such as the National Education Association's Annual Conference on Race and Social Justice (NEA), American Public Health Association (APHA), Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Brothers of the Desert Wellness Summit, Howard County's Champions of Change, Race Forward's Facing Race Annual Conference, California Prevention Training Center's Medical Mistrust Conference, NEA Minority and Women's Leadership Conference to Advance Racial and Social Justice, and a host of others.

Most recently, Dante was featured in the San Francisco Sun Reporter's 2022 Special Edition of the Talented 25. Dante 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.  

Dante will release his two additional publications in 2023; Second Edition of The 400-Year Holocaust, and an Antiracism and Social Equity Guide and Workbook for Transformative Leaders: Policy, Procedural, and Programmatic Development One Step at a Time. The former will provide a deeper and through look into America's influence on the Nazi Party's and Adolf Hitler's adoption of White supremacy laws and practices, as well as the amplification of the economies of White supremacy and Anti-Blackness. The latter will focus on Organizational Change and Development, introducing leaders to policy development examples and skills practices, as well as strategies and frameworks (i.e., Equity in the Center's Awake to Woke to Work, Dismantling Racism's Antiracism Organizational Change, etc.) that must be leveraged in order to sustain long-term institutional and systemic change. 

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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.

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