Addressing Racism Personally and Professionally [audio]

“Once a system has been working or functioning a certain way for long periods of time, we start to normalize the outcomes and the processes, and they become accepted as natural. Even if we can observe that people are suffering as a consequence. It doesn’t matter in some ways if it’s racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism – whatever the marginalization is that we’re talking about, we have to acknowledge that the disparities that we see by these different kinds of marginalizations are not natural. We have a responsibility to address these directly and without apology.” – Dwayne S. Marsh

In this episode, Dwayne S. Marsh discusses strategies and tools for addressing racism personally and professionally. Infinite Earth Radio is a weekly podcast that interviews visionary leaders, dedicated government officials, savvy businesses and forward-thinking individuals who are working to build smarter, more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities through social and economic inclusion that values the contribution of all citizens and seeks meaningful lives for everyone.


Dwayne S. Marsh serves as Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change at the new Race Forward. The new Race Forward is the union of two leading racial justice non-profit organizations: Race Forward and Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). He also serves Deputy Director of Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE), a core program of the new Race Forward. Prior to GARE/Race Forward, Marsh was, for six years, a senior advisor in the Office of Economic Resilience (OER) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he helped advance sustainable planning and development through interagency partnerships, departmental transformation, and funding initiatives managed through OER. He was OER’s principal coordinator for a $250 million grant program and led the development of capacity building resources that reinforced the work of pioneering grantees in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Under his leadership, OER prioritized equity as a foundational principal for its planning and investment initiatives. Marsh brings to GARE/Race Forward his expertise and considerable experience in coalition building for regional equity and leadership development for policy change. He provides technical assistance and capacity building knowledge to equitable development initiatives that address continuing disparities in affordable housing, transportation investment, and environmental justice.