The Table Podcast

Learning about our identities and the identities of others can be a messy and complicated process. That's why we launched The Table.

The Table with the Intercultural Center at UMB is a podcast that unpacks questions regarding race, ethnicity, culture, norms, and current events. New episodes will be released every month.  

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Latest Episodes

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Episode 14: The Past, Present, and Future of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

As a response to the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, many institutions, businesses, and organizations across various sectors in the U.S. dedicated more resources to developing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives within their organizations. In the two years since the protests, how are these EDI initiatives institutionalizing racial equity and social change?

In this episode Diane Forbes Berthoud, PhD, MA, UMB’s first chief equity, diversity, and inclusion officer and vice president (CEDIO/VP) joins us at the table. Together, we explore her journey to her current role, and her vision and philosophy for organizational change as it aligns with EDI. (Transcript: The Past, Present, and Future of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)

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Episode 13: Fat Isn't Bad, Anti-Fat Bias Is

As the end of the year approaches, we may become more aware of the messages from the media, our families, or ourselves that are centered on losing weight. The pressure to lose weight can be tied to negative perceptions of fat as evidence of a person's lack of self-control, laziness, or failure to care for themselves. These negative perceptions are what many fat activists and scholars are naming as anti-fat bias. We're dedicating this episode to unpacking the history and present-day impacts of how anti-fat bias and weight stigma, not solely fat itself, harms and dehumanizes people who are deemed as "overweight" or "obese" in our society. 

In this episode, you'll hear from three guests, Tierra Major Kearney, the prevention and outreach program coordinator at the UMB Student Counseling Center (SCC), Chaia Grubbs, LCSW-C a licensed clinical social worker and senior counselor at the UMB SCC, and Ariana Meinster, a final year student at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. They'll share their experiences and suggestions for dismantling anti-fat bias. (Transcript: Fat Isn't Bad, Anti-Fat Bias Is)

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Episode 12: Colorism in the Black, Asian, and Latinx Communities

“You’re pretty for a dark-skinned girl” and “don’t play outside in the sun, you’ll get too dark” are comments that are sometimes overheard in Communities of Color. They highlight the issue of colorism, which is a form of prejudice and/or discrimination that values lighter skin tones over darker skin tones, specifically within the same racial and/or ethnic group.

In this episode you'll hear from three individuals who speak to their respective experiences with colorism within the Black, Asian, and Latinx communities, Lisa Nicholson, a healthcare manager, Reina Pomeroy, MSW, a certified coach at Reina + Co, and Ayda Gonzalez, MS, a recent graduate student from Emory University. (Transcript: Colorism in the Black, Asian, and Latinx Communities)

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Older Episodes

Looking for older episodes of The Table? All episodes can found in our archive


Smiling woman Courtney Jones Carney, MBA, executive director of Intercultural Leadership & Engagement, director of the Intercultural Center, and program director of the Intercultural Leadership Post-baccalaureate Certificate in the Graduate School at UMB

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Rosemary Ferreira, MEd, associate director of the Intercultural Center


The Table is written by Rosemary Ferreira, MEd, and produced by Courtney Jones Carney, MBA. Our executive producer and editor is Angela Jackson, senior marketing specialist in UMB Student Affairs. Podcast artwork is by Sarah Jung.

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