In episode 7, friends Andrea Ramirez and Tito Livas bring their wit and charm while they look to the near future. They reflect on the current and long-term impact of COVID on their work, people of color and our relationships. We laugh about chickens and zombie dance-offs while acknowledging the tough road ahead.
The POTUS grounds us in the reality of the difficult days in the immediate future as we approach our treasured holidays, and encourages us to take the long view as we define what the beginning of the next year could look like.
This Week's Guests
Andrea Ramirez (she/her)
Dr. Andrea Ramirez (she/her/hers) is brown Latina anti-racist educator, scholar and practitioner devoted to creating systemic social change and addressing injustice and oppression in the workplace through consultation, coaching, teaching, and leadership development. She has a background in higher education, health education, public administration, Human Resources, Learning and Leadership Development, and government. Andrea is passionate about storytelling, being creative, crafting, avid reader and new puppy mama.
Andrea's family, passion as a change agent, and desire to improve how the world impacts the lives of others has inspired her life and educational journey. She approaches her work from an anti-racist philosophy and centers the voices of those most impacted as the driving force.
Her current work includes providing racial equity, antiracism and social justice consultation to improve equitable practices and project management through topics such as communication, implicit bias, identity, race, oppression, privilege, racial analysis, socialization, leadership, accountability, and power dynamics.
Tito Livas (he/him)
Tito is someone who hates bios. He feels like what they do, whether intentional or not, is make people try and fit all of their best accomplishments in a few sentences or paragraphs to impress whoever is reading them and that is just too classist, too comparative, and frankly just gives me the sweats.
So instead I'll just say I'm a father, a husband, and a performer. I grew up in Idaho, was bullied most of my elementary and middle school years, but less in my junior and high school years.
I've always loved the earth, the flora, the fauna, and everything in between. I now have chickens and geese and rabbits and a dog and two cats and lots of fish, both freshwater and saltwater. I cannot stand ignorance and hate the hypocrisy of people who claim to be Christians but act less Christian than atheists. I love Halloween, I love Christmas, I hate being in cold water, I hate eating tomatoes but I love growing them, I love running, I hate being shirtless, and I have a major shoe obsession. Aaaaand that's about it.