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DEI: Bringing Everyone To The Table

In this episode:

This week on Untapped we were joined by Joahanna Garcia-Thomas who heads HR at Avalanche Studios New York & is the Head of People for Glow Up Games, both video game companies. Joahanna shared her expertise and knowledge from having worked in HR for 15 years and having the opportunity to focus on DEI in the past 5 years. Tariq and Joahanna discuss colorism, intersectionality & positionality, and how the pandemic shifted DEI work.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The impact of ‘what’s in it for me’ (WIIFM)
  • How intersectionality & positionality show up  
  • Why DEI work has a lot of resistance
  • The wheel of power/privilege
  • How the pandemic shifted DEI work
  • The reality of colorism

Our guest:

Joahanna Garcia-Thomas