Connie L. Johnson

Golden Lyfe LLC

Connie L. Johnson is the owner of Golden Lyfe LLC, a project based business that specializes in providing quality educational products and services that focus on the overall wellness of youth, families and communities. She is also the co-founder of Growing Into Greatness, a community focused nonprofit organization. Connie is the author of Beyond Measure. Connie's second book, a memoir titled Survivor's Song and her first EP, HOME are both forthcoming. She holds a B.A. in Child and Family Studies from Columbia College in Columbia, SC and a M.A. in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University Chicago.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Dismantling White Supremacy Culture in POC-led Institutions for Better Worker Engagement and Well-being

People of color with compelling visions for racial and social justice for underserved and vulnerable communities often find themselves creating and leading campaigns and organizations that mirror white supremacy culture. In these spaces, workers often experience unimaginable levels of stress and illness related to discrimination and institutional culture. This dynamic negatively impacts how workers relate to themselves, their comrades, and to the people and communities they serve. Unhealthy workplace culture + unhealthy workplace relationships = diminished effectiveness, sustainability, power and results.

Given the increasing socioeconomic and political challenges facing people of color-led campaigns and organizations, we need better solutions now to shift the unhealthy and harmful ways in which we do our work. During this session, experience a participatory, mini-design process that bridges the gap between good design, technology, art and social justice efforts to innovate solutions to this problem: how to support workers in POC-led institutions to de-escalate chaos and stress, build stronger relationships with one another and foster collective resiliency and power to address conflicts and stressful situations.

Speakers: Diana Marie Lee (DML), Connie L. Johnson