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

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 is a native of San Francisco. He is a historian, scholar, educator, facilitator, coach, and Human Resources professional, specializing in the implementation of anti-racist practice, anti-racist organizational development and change, racial equity, racial repair, racial relief, and inclusion strategies.  Dante also specializes in bias capacity building, both explicit and implicit, with more than 20 years professional and academic experience.  His expertise in the area of race and racism, through the lens of Whiteness and anti-Blackness, has been acquired through researching, learning, studying, designing, developing, and delivering a combination of retreats, classes, and seminars.

Dante has a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies, with additional focuses in Women’s Studies and Sociology; a Master's degree in Education, both from California State University, East Bay.  He also holds a Human Resources Management Certification from San Francisco State University, and has started doctoral work in the areas of Social Justice, Anti-Blackness, Whiteness, and White Supremacy Culture.

 

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Education

Dante has obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies (Ethnic Studies), with minor concentrations in Women’s Studies and Sociology from California State University, East Bay.

 

Dante obtained a master’s degree in Education, with a concentration on Curriculum Design and Development using Multiple Intelligence (MI) theory.

 

Dante also attended and completed a two-year extended learning Human Resources Management Certification program through San Francisco State University; and was recently accepted into a Doctoral program.

 

Dante is pursuing a Doctorate in Social Justice and Educational Leadership, through California State University, East Bay; with an emphasis in understanding and challenging cultural antiblackness.

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