Conversations About Race: Understanding Privilege
May 14, 2021
May 14, 2021
Today, I am joined by two amazing individuals who are exceptional in their advocacy work, Julie Radlauer-Doerfler, and Ryon Coote. This episode is the second of the three-part series of conversations about race.
Julie Radlauer-Doerfler is a changemaker and a peacemaker. In every aspect of her career, she has focused on transforming individuals, organizations and communities. She specializes in utilizing evidence-based and researched practices to inform her processes. Her style of boldly embracing change in a warm and nurturing manner offers support to those she works with. Julie truly believes that we should “be the change we want to see in the world” and actualizes this value in her work and her life. Julie has published articles, reports and has facilitated hundreds of workshops, training events and presentations. Julie is a principal partner in the Ronik-Radlauer Group and the CEO of Collectively.
Ryon Robert Coote is the Chief Development Officer for the Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc., the largest comprehensive homeless services provider in Broward County. He was born in Jamaica and migrated with his family to the United States at a very young age. He is a graduate of the Steve J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University where he received a Master of Public Administration and a graduate certificate in Human Resources Policy and Management.
Ryon has a passion for helping people in need and truly believes in the Martin Luther King Jr. quote “Everyone can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t need a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”
Ryon is an advocate who champions efforts to improve living conditions and education for children and adults in underserved communities and/or in adverse situations. He has over 18 years of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors and has worked on several public projects involving community leaders, and local elected officials that have increased opportunities for disadvantaged children and adults.
Ryon is a devoted father and husband and is inspired by his family to make this world a better place. When he is not working you will find him spending time with his family, traveling, playing golf, fishing, and reading.
In this episode, Julie Radlauer-Doerfler and Ryon Coote have a dialogue about privilege. These two advocates share the importance of the profound meaning of privilege coming from their own perspectives and how privilege impacts the way we communicate with each other and the society as a whole. Julie and Ryon are hopeful that by listening to this conversation, people can glean something helpful and apply it in their own lives with the people around them.
“I think my takeaway from today is that as a white person, we have to recognize our privilege. And that’s really the first step is that self awareness. And once you recognize it and just own it, then figure out how you’re going to use it to create a more just society.” – Julie Radlauer-Doerfler
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