Commemorating Juneteenth: A Conversation With Dr. Deborah Plummer, Internationally Recognized Psychologist, Author and Diversity Management Thought Leader
22 June 2023
In honor of Juneteenth, join us for a thought-provoking conversation with Deborah Plummer, Ph.D., accomplished psychologist, author, university professor and speaker on topics central to racial equality, inclusion and mutual respect. Dr. Plummer is the founder and executive director of Getting To We, Inc., and her cutting-edge work in the field is the subject of a forthcoming, highly anticipated documentary.
Juneteenth acknowledges and honors June 19, 1865, the date on which enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally received the news they were free. As a nation, we commemorate the date as an annual reckoning on race, and as an opportunity to enhance social trust as a foundational aspect of a culture of belonging and an informed citizenry invested in racial equity.
This presentation explores historical and present-day barriers to social trust and how we can come together in solidarity to achieve racial equity – one organization, one community, one neighborhood, one family and one friend at a time.
We hope you will join us for this insightful discussion.
Deborah Plummer, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of Getting To We, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to helping people understand their shared, core identity as humans and relate to each other without fear. Through her nonprofit, she creates learning communities, research-backed resources, digital tools, visual media, DEIB edutainment and competency-building learning experiences that create a better society for everyone.
As a psychologist, university professor, author and international leader in the field of diversity and inclusion, she brings her deeply humanist and Gestalt-trained skills to audiences and readers to examine themselves as social beings in relation to our programmed fear of “otherness.” Her work and writings introduce a relational model for managing differences that support the development of the competencies necessary to live authentically out of one’s core identity as a human being and master the challenges of diversity dynamics.
Dr. Plummer has held past roles as a staff psychologist and a hospital system chief diversity officer, and was the founding director of the master’s degree program in diversity management at Cleveland State University. She was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the Top 15 Chief Diversity Officers to Know.
Dr. Plummer currently serves on the board of directors of Facing History and Ourselves and Reflection Point. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, Michael Bussey. In her next life, she plans to come back as either a master chef (think Ina Garten) or a singer, dancer and entertainer (think Beyonce).