Social Identity-Social Bias-Social Justice
Consultation, Training, Supervision, Counseling
“All of America’s diversity, old and new, does not add up to pluralism. “Pluralism” and “diversity” are sometimes used as if they were synonymous, but diversity—splendid, colorful, and perhaps threatening—is not pluralism. Pluralism is the engagement that creates a common society from all that diversity.” - Diana Eck, 2007
It is my pleasure to facilitate processes that improve inclusion, equity, and community by supporting clients in acquiring or increasing knowledge and know-how regarding social identity, social bias, and social justice. I am particularly interested in helping organizations exceed the pursuit of diversity and multiculturalism by achieving true pluralism.
I’m dedicated to paying attention to process and product - keeping our eyes on the prize/outcome while realizing that we won’t get there in a healthful way, if at all, if we don’t proceed in a manner that’s characterized by candor, compassion, and conviviality. I’m equally committed to achieving meaningful and measurable praxis. Gaining insight and raising awareness are crucial, but the true value of work in this area is realized when what we learn is translated into what we do to make our communities more inclusive, peaceful, joyful, and consistently reflective of our aspirations.
I employ multiple modes of information gathering (survey, observation, focus groups, and informal interaction) to gain an intimate understanding of the lived experience – including strengths and challenges – of my clients. Based on what I learn, I am happy to provide translations of my clients’ needs and desires into strategies, instruments, and models informed by my experiences across a wide range of environments. I believe in a process of co-creation that capitalizes on my fund of knowledge combined with the wisdom my clients possess as experts on their own unique circumstance.
I am always happy to engage directly with the populations relevant to the mission and goals of my clients. I love to work with children and adults, students and teachers, staff, administration, board members, and stakeholders of all kinds to achieve common ground, common purpose, and constructive action.
I hope the selection of examples of my work below and material contained at this site will provide a sense of my perspective and approach to issues related to social identity, social bias, and social justice. And I hope to hear from you if you feel that you or your organization might benefit from working with me to improve your practice in this area.
Recent speaking engagement:
Ending RACEISM: Why Defeating Racism Requires the Repudiation of Race: the Civic Role of Science and Scientists
Date: May 18, 2017 - 4:00pm Location: Byers Auditorium – Genentech Hall
The power and persuasiveness of science in the discourse on race has swung from infamous initial validation of racial differences to present day efforts to disabuse scientists of racialized conceptualizations of human beings.
The burgeoning scientific literature advocating the relinquishment of race as a valid lens through which to understand and navigate human population differences, however, consistently stops at the gates of the domain of science.
Geneticists, biologists, and medical doctors are increasingly
vocal about the lack of utility and actual harm that results from
employing race as a proxy for meaningfully distinct human
subgroups? but only within the bounds of their professional
realms, not in society in general.
Beyond the territory of their respective practices, scientists are reluctant to challenge the deployment of race, usually based on the perceived need to address racism by acknowledging the power and persistence of the social construct of race. This stance represents a misguided deference to a pernicious cognitive error that science originally empowered. It is time for science to be thoroughgoing in its recognition of the illegitimacy of race by taking a leading role in shifting society away from the racial worldview.
© 2013 The Regents of the University of California
Source URL: https://graduate.ucsf.edu/events/carlos-hoyt
My book, The Arc of a Bad Idea: Understanding and Transcending Race, inspired by my doctoral research on nonracial identity, is now available for purchase on the Oxford University Press OUP) Website, at Amazon.com and at other retail sites.
“About the Cover: Author Carlos Hoyt with his biological son Evan in a family photo taken in 2006. What race is Carlos? And Evan? Are they the same race, or different? Who decides? Can they refuse self-racialization? This book explores these and many other questions, and points the way beyond the racial worldview.”