Tune in via Zoom to watch the live recording of The Business of Being Inclusive Podcast!
Three inclusion leaders and activists Alethea Dumas (she/her/hers), Tamika LaMere (she/them/theirs), and Esteban Herevia (he/him/his) will share their expertise and discuss the importance of building a culture of inclusion. The guests will reflect on the diversity within the community and discuss how their work ensures existing structures don’t reinforce institutional or systemic racism.
We’ll also discuss the importance of inclusion as a business model and concepts of anti-racist work that need to permeate within the business and professional culture.
About the Guests
Alethea Dumas (she/her/hers) is the program manager of Equity and Community Engagement for Better Health Together. She leads and manages BIPOC healing spaces, Community Voices Council, Trusted Messenger work, and works to support and advocate for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ organizations. Alethea grew up in Spokane, attended Lewis & Clark Highschool, and furthered her education at WSU where she received a degree in Women’s Studies, and Critical Culture, Gender & Race Studies, along with minor degrees in Human Development, and Popular Culture. Alethea is passionate about equity and believes that equity is about learning how to love people better. On her spare time she enjoys singing, sunflowers, reading, thrifting and watching movies.
Tamika LaMere (she/them/theirs) is an enrolled tribal member with the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana. She was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana, lived in Spokane, Southern California, and moved back to Spokane back in 2016. She has a master’s in social work and has built her career in education for the past six and a half years, and now serves as the Native Education Coordinator for Spokane Public Schools. She also serves the larger community through various boards and committees with a focus on equity. For Tamika, equity is not just a pursuit but a responsibility that she does not take lightly.
Esteban Herevia (he/him/his) is the President and CEO of Spokane Pride – the organization that produces the Spokane Pride Parade and Festival. He co-founded Wonderfully Made Spokane, a non-profit entrusted with increasing inclusion and celebration of LGBTQ+ people in faith communities. Esteban is the Strategist for Health Justice and Belonging at the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. And, he was recently recognized in the Spokane Coeur D’Alene Living top 20 under 40 list for 2021.