Reverend Dereca Blackmon
Topic: “A Mother’s Love”
May 10, 2020
About Reverend Dereca Blackmon
Reverend Dereca Blackmon is a spiritual activist with over 25 years experience supporting communities in radical healing. She has a distinguished history of leadership and service in local and national organizing efforts on subjects as diverse as ethnic studies and police accountability. She currently serves as the Assistant Vice Provost and Executive Director of the Diversity and First Generation Office at Stanford University where she has introduced groundbreaking work on authentic engagement, intergroup dialogue, and first-generation and low-income student support services to over 15,000 students, staff, faculty and alumni.
Reverend Blackmon co-led the effort to organize the Bay Area community response to the murder of Oscar Grant III. After mobilizing thousands of protestors and holding countless meetings and rallies she began to question the strategy of organizing “against” rather than “for.” She entered ministerial school and has never looked back, becoming one of the nation’s leading speakers on spiritual activism to packed audiences nationwide.
She served as a nonprofit leader for 20 years, and has raised over $5 million dollars for urban youth. As a member of the Braintrust of Susan L. Taylor’s A New Way Forward Initiative she helped design their healing and mentoring work in Oakland, Chicago and Detroit. Her awards and recognitions include commendations from Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), The County of Alameda Distinguished Citizen’s Award as well as Essence Magazine.
She is the CEO and co-founder of Inclusion Design Group, which employs experiential training models that cut through “diversity fatigue” and allow participants to engage in deep, authentic and meaningful dialogues. For over 25 years, she has consulted with a wide variety of corporate, educational, nonprofit and community-based groups to facilitate “uncommon conversations” on issues of race, gender, class and social justice. Recent clients include Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Public Policy, Chevron, Bain, SAP and LinkedIn, among many others.