Shifting Context: Navigating Change in DEI Work

February 14, 2024

In a rapidly evolving world, embracing change is essential, especially when it comes to the dynamic landscape of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Join hosts Justin Ponder and Deanna Singh on the latest episode of the Uplifted Perspectives podcast as they delve into the shifting context surrounding DEI amidst recent events and a pivotal Supreme Court case on affirmative action.

As current events continue to fuel discussions around DEI, this episode explores how these conversations influence the changing context in which DEI work is conducted. With societal dynamics constantly shifting, it is crucial to understand the role empathy plays in creating inclusive environments and navigating these dynamic landscapes.

Staying informed and true to organizational values becomes paramount in the complexities of social justice and DEI work. Our hosts shed light on the importance of staying abreast of these changes while navigating the challenges that come with them.

Recognizing change as an opportunity for growth, this episode concludes with an inspiring message of embracing change, not only as a means to adapt but also as an opportunity to boost personal and organizational development.

Listen to this thought-provoking episode to gain insights into the shifting context of DEI and learn practical ways to navigate these complexities. Be sure to share it with others who may find it valuable and subscribe to the Uplifted Perspectives podcast for more illuminating conversations.


  • Shifting context in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) space

  • Impact of recent geo-political events on DEI work

  • Implications of the recent Supreme Court case on affirmative action in admissions

  • Factors contributing to heightened volume and passionate responses to DEI work

  • Challenges of having open-minded discussions about DEI in the age of social media

  • The need for empathy and understanding in adapting to a more diverse environment

  • Overlap between social justice work and diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Importance of staying grounded in facts and organizational values

  • Creating a culture of inclusion that embraces change and diversity

  • Commitment to creating a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive


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