"What It Means to Be Black in White Spaces"
In this powerful talk on identity and community, Julie Lythcott-Haims will share her experience as a Black and biracial woman growing up in white spaces. She found that even as she accomplished so much—graduating from Stanford University and Harvard Law School, working as a corporate lawyer and as Stanford's first-ever dean of freshmen—she still couldn't escape the grip racism, discrimination, and microaggressions had on her sense of self. In this talk, she will share how she found self-acceptance through the healing power of community. Her story is deeply personal, but its message is universal: people from marginalized communities will recognize echoes of their own experiences, and allies will learn how they can better show up, listen, and advocate for others.
In Lythcott-Haims' Real American: A Memoir, she writes a powerful and award-winning reflection of identity, belonging, and community, and details growing up Black and biracial in white spaces. She shares the role that racism, discrimination, and microaggressions took on her self-worth, and how she found acceptance through community.
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