Keeping Your DEI Mojo Alive: How to Stay Motivated

April 23, 2024

Motivation is key to sustaining impactful work in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). In the latest episode of the Uplifting Impact podcast, hosts Deanna Singh and Justin Ponder delve into the essential factors for staying motivated in DEI work.

The conversation begins by emphasizing the importance of understanding personal boundaries. Deanna and Justin stress the need to recognize and respect individual limits to prevent burnout and sustain long-term commitment to DEI efforts.

They further explore the concept of creating safe spaces for dialogue within organizations. This involves cultivating an environment where open and honest conversations about DEI can take place, leading to greater understanding and empathy among team members.

The hosts also highlight the significance of establishing a core compass to guide decision-making in DEI work. By aligning actions with meaningful values and principles, individuals and organizations can stay grounded and focused on their mission to make a positive impact.

Moreover, the episode delves into the idea of developing "mini standard operating procedures" for when personal or organizational limits are reached. These practical strategies provide a framework for addressing challenges and recharging motivation within the context of DEI work.

Finally, Deanna and Justin offer practical advice for sustaining well-being in DEI efforts, emphasizing self-care practices and community support as crucial components of long-term success and impact.

Tune in to the latest episode of the Uplifting Impact podcast to gain valuable insights on staying motivated in DEI work. Share the episode with others who are passionate about creating positive change, and subscribe to the podcast for ongoing inspiration and guidance.


  • Challenges of staying motivated in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work
  • Personal and professional difficulties impacting motivation
  • Strategies for maintaining motivation, including finding a supportive network and creating safe spaces for honest conversations
  • Importance of listening, patience, and right-sizing expectations for sustaining motivation
  • Understanding one's boundaries and limits in DEI work
  • Recognizing thresholds and having open conversations about limits
  • Developing responses and "mini standard operating procedures" for tough scenarios
  • Establishing a core compass and decision-making framework based on mission, vision, and values
  • Creating a system of micro standard operating procedures and delegation strategy
  • Practicing self-compassion and self-care in the demanding work of DEI


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