Keynotes on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility Keynotes

A straight, old, white dude’s take

Wait. Isn’t Ben an old, straight, white dude? What the hell does he know about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEI&A)?! Well, his perspective is a bit unique.

Ben hesitated offering his DEI&A keynotes because he is, after all, the very picture of privilege. It was only at the urging of friends and DEI&A experts that he began offering his unique perspective to the movement. Here’s a little more to help you understand why….

Growing Up Ultra-White

Ben grew up in extremely white, upper middle-class environments. He recalls only a handful of visually diverse families among his high school graduating class of 500+ students. His family taught him right from wrong and to value all people. So he was never in danger of growing up racist, homophobic, bigoted, or otherwise outwardly morally corrupt. Still, he didn’t know what he didn’t know. As a result, he ran the risk of making unknowingly racist comments, such as:

  • “I don’t see color”
  • “Do we still need affirm