Welcome to the 178th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. This month’s theme is all about poverty and systemic injustice and the link to mental wellbeing. To join me this week to discuss tackling social injustice in further detail is Jeri C Perkins from the USA.
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About my guest
Jeri Perkins is the CEO/Founder of Impact Action Network Advocacy Consulting Agency whose mission and vision are to “Educate to Liberate so that Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, & Justice (DEIBJ) is a systemic and institutional priority and not a checkbox.”
As a DEIBJ educator, Jeri provides educational advocacy resources so that Black/African American, Native/Indigenous, Hispanic/Latino/Latina, and Asian Pacific Islander communities thrive in every facet of life.
Jeri has a Masters of Social Work Concentration Policy, Administration & Community Practice from Arizona State University’s Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions where she served as a Jr. Inclusive Design for Equity & Access (IDEA) Scholar and the Founder of the BIPOC Student Network. Also, Ms. Perkins is a graduate of a Historically Black College & University (HBCU), Lincoln University (MO) with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.
While at Lincoln most notably Ms. Perkins hosted the Impact with Jeri Perkins talk show on JCTV Access to raise awareness of social issues in our local, state and global community. Ms. Perkins desires to pursue an Education Doctorate in Organisational Change & Leadership from the USC Rossier School of Education to amplify her work as a DEIBJ educator. Ms. Perkins is a Narrative Changer, Trailblazer and Visionary who passionately uses her platform as a Black female scholar to represent “culture as a strength and not a deficit.”
In today’s show on tackling social injustice
- About Jeri and what she’s working on at the moment. [02:53]
- How she got into the advocacy and justice space. [05:28]
- What the term advocacy means to her [10:29]
- How advocacy can help to change injustice and create social equity [12.13]
- Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [28:18]
Quotes on tackling social injustice
- Compassion fatigue is real, burnout is real!
- Trying to change the system, while navigating and living within the system, as a black woman, can be extremely fatiguing.
- Advocacy is a social responsibility.
- I have learned that it’s so important to validate my thoughts, feelings and emotions.
- My family is a great support network and resource for me and my community.
Connect with Jeri for more on tackling social injustice
- Jeri on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and LinkedIn
- Jeri‘s Website
- Jeri’s email: email@example.com
- Book: Black Fatigue HOW RACISM ERODES THE MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT By Mary-Frances Winters
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