Berthoud Consulting

Berthoud Consulting

Diversity Equity & Inclusion / Racial Justice

We’re in This Together

This year I extended my annual sampling of Martin Luther King, Jr. speeches and writing to his birthday week. I am taken this year by the “interrelated structure of reality.” As King says, All life in interrelated. We are caught … Read More

How Do I Come Across?

A white colleague is enrolled in a racism awareness course. His program features conversation with other white people about their experience of race and racism. He is frustrated that he is not learning about his whiteness from people of color. … Read More

Sabbatical Dispatches: 2021!

Impatience, relief, almost glee greet the turn of the calendar. Glad 2020 is over! Whew! Quick, get it behind us. It was a rough year—for the world. Yet the understandable impulse to get “back to normal” denies that the emerging normal … Read More

Sabbatical Dispatches: Post-Election Thoughts

The neighbors celebrate with pot banging and dancing in the streets. I join for a time, to be neighborly and because I share in the collective relief, the lifting of an incalculable weight on the spirit. We have earned a … Read More

Slow Murder

As the country (and countries) take up the call against police and extrajudicial violence in the latest examples—Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Christian Cooper—I have been thinking that it is almost too easy to be shocked and appalled by … Read More

Addressing Structural Racism—In the Moment

In a group addressing structural racism in organizational operations and programmatic work, we are reviewing proposals for action. A person of color notes some language used in otherwise sound ideas could unintentionally reinforce the separation the proposal seeks to address. … Read More

Thinking of Martin Luther King: Take Wise Action

How shall I be a citizen? What will I do to participate in the democracy I believe in? Friends, colleagues, and clients are grieving. The things we work for—living wages, decent working conditions, respect for and inclusion of the differences … Read More