LLC on LDIR and Tools for Social and Racial Justice

Many thanks to Deborah Meehan and Leadership Learning Community for this shout out to LDIR!

Several years ago I had the opportunity to participate in StarPower a game simulation that was conducted by Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR). Without giving anything away I think that I can safely say that most of us thought it was a powerful and illuminating experience. LDIR hosted the session for leadership development programs so that we could learn from and about StarPower as an important tool for leadership programs that want to help participants understand how oppressive systems work and are perpetuated. I bring this up because Dave Nakashima has generously offered to conduct a session for leadership development folks in the Bay Area. You may wonder which leadership programs that would be most beneficial to. I would say all. Why?

In 2010 the Leadership Learning Community in collaboration with a number of people and organizations working on racial justice, came together to write and publish, “Leadership and Race” in an effort to encourage leadership programs to bring a more race conscious lens to their work. We encourage you to read the report if you haven’t yet. We hope to create more awareness that many models of leadership development are culturally biased and that the best intended leaders will not be able to address disparities that exist throughout society without understand the systems that produce them. One of the things we learned in the process of producing the report from a survey conducted by Sally Leiderman, who has done a lot of work and is developing curriculum for transforming white privilege, is that less than half of the leadership programs that responded to the survey had curriculum for introducing structural racism or white privilege. While StarPower focuses more in economics, there is a clear intersection between class and race and the systems that continue to perpetuate advantage and life opportunities that are often influenced by race and ethnicity.

We recognize that it’s not just enough to call leadership programs to bring a new awareness and tools without providing more resources.  In that vein we want to thank Renato Almazor, Director of Programs at LeaderSpring for his recent webinar, Transforming Privilege and Power now available for viewing.  Stay tuned for StarPower coming to the Bay Area Leadership Learning Community Circle this spring.

Click here to read the post on LLC’s site.

1/26/13 Come to a LDIR workshop at UC Irvine!

Asian Pacific American Awareness Conference

On Saturday, January 26, LDIR will be presenting an interactive workshop, “Activist Essentials: Becoming a Proactive Ally” at 11am and 2pm as part of the annual Asian Pacific Awareness Conference at UC Irvine.

It costs only $5 to register for the conference, so sign up and join us for some short, but sweet awareness and skills building.

Here’s the full workshop description:

Activist Essentials: Becoming a Proactive Ally

What does it take to be a truly collaborative leader? Whether or not we’re aware of it, we often come to collaboration and movement building with our own biases, stereotypes, and oppressive ways of thinking. This interactive workshop challenges participants to locate themselves and interrupt the urge to be passive about privilege and oppression, so that we can begin to figure out how to actively and meaningfully organize in solidarity with one another.

LDIR is looking for a new Program Coordinator

LDIR is looking for a new staff member for the position of Program Coordinator!

Position Summary:

Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator committed to social justice issues with a background in intergroup relations programming/processes and experience providing high-level training and technical assistance.  The Coordinator will provide programmatic oversight and direction for growing LDIR’s fee-for-service work, providing technical assistance, and creating and implementing innovative marketing.  Familiarity with the health sector and/or community-level health initiatives is highly desirable.  The ideal candidate will be an innovative risk-taker with a good sense of humor and not afraid of conflict.

The full description and how to apply can be seen on our website:

LDIRship for Social Change

Participants at the first weekend of LDIRship for Social Change 2012

We just completed our LDIRship for Social Change retreat this past weekend in California’s  Central Valley.  We had 22 amazing participants who bonded and connected behind our highest expectations.  We were very excited to have had a facilitation staff entirely based in the Central Valley and we are so thankful to, and proud, of everyone who participated and helped to make this memorable weekend possible. Stay tuned for some more in depth and exciting reviews and updates about this program.


LDIR Welcomes Bethany and Joyce to the LDIR Team!

Bethany Acevedo and Joyce Lee at APALC

Bethany Acevedo

Position: Social Media and Fundraising Program Associate
Age: 22
Ethnicity: Mexican-American
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Major: English

What do you do at LDIR?
As the new social media and fundraising program associate I am all about the PR! I keep LDIR connected with the online world and hope to help increase their engagement in the blogosphere, twitterverse and all online communities.

What do you do outside of LDIR?
I love reading anything and everything, going to the beach, finding the deals while shopping and losing too many hours of my day to Pinterest. (And of course follow me @bethany_acevedo)

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about feminism, and fighting for a society where all people are valued and seen for their inherent worth. I believe that everyone should know where their food comes from, and how to create a healthy lifestyle for their families and communities. Lastly, I am big on literacy and education. Knowledge is power!

Joyce Lee

Position: Outreach and Engagement Program Associate
Age: 22
Ethnicity: Korean-American
Hometown: Downey, CA
Major: Environmental Analysis

What do you do at LDIR?
As the outreach and engagement program associate, I connect with alumni and the LDIR community to keep them informed about events and LDIR-related activities. I am also trying to get LDIR’s name out there and increase its presence in the non-profit world.

What do you do outside of LDIR?
I like to run (sometimes). I love to read fiction and blogs. And…I like to watch movie trailers, especially horror films since I’m too scared to actually watch an entire one.

What are you passionate about?
I care a lot about personal identity development and I think everyone should spend a good chunk of their day in self-reflection. I care a lot about healthy communities; it’s important for people to be well physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I’m interested in learning more about the intersection of public health and urban planning, especially as it pertains to low-income communities of color.

LDIRs in Health 2011-2012 GRAD CEREMONY!

LDIRs in Health 2011-2012  Graduation Ceremony

Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) is proud to announce the graduation ceremony of our LDIRs in Health 2011-2012 cohort this Saturday, March 10th, 2012. For the last six months, the participants of the LDIRs in Health Program have worked towards promoting positive intergroup relations to address health disparities. Our graduates worked as a diverse cohort and in collaborative teams in order to develop community health projects that exist in the context of wider social and economic justice principles.

We will be hosting our graduation ceremony at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theater. Please join LDIR in recognizing our graduates’ commitment and hard work in making their communities a healthier place in which to live.

 For more info, please contact Antoinette Reyes at

Congratulations to our Graduates!

Aakash Kishore

Andres Rivera

Ashley Yang

Bernice Vasquez

Chrissy Lau

Christina Lay

Darcy Richardson

E. Jaye Johnson

Eric Sanchez

Gayle Palma

Harold Turner

Jashin Liberto

Jewelle Dela Cruz

Kali Shirley Johnson

Martha Escudero

Michelle Wong

Monika Vega

Myha Ngo

Nicole Dumaguindin

Ookie Voong

Sequioa Pearce

Sofia Teodoro

Viet Vu