Many theories, strategies, and approaches abound about how to create an environment that is more diverse and inclusive through culture change behavior and hiring/retention processes, in addition to fostering equity through measurement of health determinants and socioeconomic disparities. Few, however, center the lives and voices of people of color and their intersectional identities in understanding the extent of how racial trauma (Resmaa Menakem) has impacted them. Additionally, missing from the conversation is what and how safety can be created (Britt Andreatta), both on an interpersonal level and on a systemic level, and what is needed for individual and collective healing. How people of color (and other marginalized identities) experience physical and psychological safety has not been a primary area of study or axis point for theories of change. We need more research and praxis that highlights the unique voices and perspectives of those at the margins (Patricia Hill Collins) in order to be able to benchmark real and consistent change efforts.
Resonance is a therapeutic and consulting agency that seeks to center and improve the lives and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) via clinical counseling, personal coaching, and organizational consulting services. Resonance examines the intersection of organizational equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), the neurobiology of relationships, and racial trauma and healing work.