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November 17, 2021 48 min

On today’s episode we’re exploring what code-switching is all about, and what happens when people feel the need to change their language and behavior to fit into certain environments. We’ll be talking about why code switching is practiced, the danger that exists when people feel that it’s needed, and what we all lose out on when people can’t show up as their authentic selves. As we continue to raise issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity, we hope you find this episode informative and actionable, as we believe these conversations are a critical part of the mosaic of all organizations and communities.

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In this episode you’ll hear:

  • The official definition of “code-switching”, plus why and how it happens [2:59]
  • AJ’s own experience with this practice growing up [3:36]
  • Stephanie’s views on code-switching from the perspective of a white person [9:04]
  • What it looks like to code-switch in Corporate America [12:02]
  • The tremendous losses that result from people not being able to be their full, authentic self [15:33]
  • How code-switching occurs in the school system, and what studies are saying about this [22:48]
  • A benefit that AJ discovered with the pandemic in regards code-switching [31:29]
  • How organizations can minimize the need for code-switching, and really promote greater inclusion for all [36:11]
  • Why there is so much power in representation [38:08]
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