The Language of Diversity
6th Annual Workforce Forum brought to you in partnership
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The purpose of the 6th Annual Workforce Forum: The Language of Diversity is to help educate local businesses, human resource professionals, and services providers on Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. Dr. Marcus Lewis will be speaking on Inclusive Language in the Workplace and Amanda Goodenough will be discussing Harnessing Bold Leadership for Equitable Workplaces.
Dr. Marcus Lewis | Inclusive Language in the Workplace
Dr. Marcus Lewis is the founder and owner of Key Change Consulting, LLC, an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and an African American descendant of Cameroonian and Bantu peoples. He has worked in diversity and equity for nearly ten years. As a nationally trained Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) facilitator and education leader, Dr. Lewis has dedicated his career to working in educational administration, Native American education, and inclusive advocacy. He has presented at the national, state, and local levels about educational equity, social justice, and promoting inclusive excellence for business and education.
Amanda Florence Goodenough | Harnessing Bold Leadership for Equitable Workplaces
(she/her/hers) is a dedicated educator operating from a cultural humility framework to center and elevate historically marginalized voices, promote belongingness and mattering, disrupt structural inequities, and advance intersectional social and racial justice.
Leaning on 16+ years of professional experience in justice, equity, decolonization, and interconnectedness (JEDI) efforts within a higher education setting, Amanda engages in systems-change work and strives to speak truth to power as an act of love and liberation.
Amanda currently serves as a Team Lead for Social Responsibility Speaks™, LLC, a womxn-owned and BIPOC-centered consulting agency, whose mission is to create a culture of belonging and mattering through a focus on equity, inclusion, and justice. The Social Responsibility Speaks’™ team partners with individuals and organizations to commit to becoming better and stronger in the journey to prevent harm, confront bias, and seek justice.
Amanda is also a member of the Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council’s (GLADC) Speakers Bureau, and an independent contractor/facilitator for the La Crosse area YWCA Racial Justice workshops, Waking Up White Collaborative, and Creating a Healthier Multicultural Community initiative.
Previously, Amanda served as the Director of the Research & Resource Center for Campus Climate at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. For 15+ years, Amanda facilitated workshops, programming, and assessment, provided leadership for the award-winning Awareness through Performance, and guided the institution’s Hate Response Team. During her tenure, Amanda co-founded RISE UP (Racial & Intersecting Identity Symposium for Equitable University Progress) and the nationally-growing Hate/Bias Response Symposium.
Amanda’s personal and professional interest areas include: campus climate/culture, cultural humility, hate/bias response, mattering of black lives, racial justice, multiracialism, microaggressions, bystander intervention, student activism, social identity development, power/privilege/oppression, and healing centered engagement.
Amanda resides in Wisconsin, where she attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for her Bachelor’s degree in Communications, before heading to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to earn a Master’s in College Student Development & Administration. In her personal life, Amanda and her partner enjoy raising their multiracial kiddos and helping them to make meaning of the world.