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Dr. Nathan J. Sessoms is the Principal & CEO of Success Beyond Measure, Incorporated, a Diversity & Educational Equity consulting firm that provides support to community-based and non-profit organizations, for-profit entities, and academic institutions interested in combating systemic racism and creating equitable outcomes for all. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he has conducted research on race relations at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, contributed to several National Science Foundation-funded reports, and published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Urban Geography, The Professional Geographer, and Kalfou. Dr. Sessoms is the former director of the Office of Black Student Services at Loyola Marymount University, where he also worked closely with the University’s Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Jewish, Muslim, and LGBTQIA communities while assisting the campus community in navigating the realities of race and racism. He continues to serve as a Clinical Assistant Professor in LMU’s Department of Sociology.
There is more to us than the color of our skin. But that does not mean that racial tensions and struggles do not affect us. In this 45-minute presentation, Dr. Sessoms will illuminate some of the pressures and mental health effects that dealing with structural racism, microaggressions, and racialized power dynamics can have on us. But there is hope, and this session will also instruct you in the ways that each of us as individuals can engage in anti-racist thought-work as well as how we can advocate for the just society we wish to live in.