R.I.D.E.

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Radical Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (R.I.D.E.) is a Burning Man Project initiative for prioritizing, managing, and advocating for radical inclusion, diversity and equity (R.I.D.E.) across Burning Man Project staff, Black Rock City, and Burner communities in the US and internationally.

Projects

Stewardship Group

R.I.D.E. is being developed by the R.I.D.E. Stewardship Group, a cross-departmental team of key Burning Man Project leadership who hold pivotal roles across the entire Burning Man network, have interest and experience in R.I.D.E. work, and/or identify as people of color. The group is comprised of:

  • Bryant Tan (Level), City Planning and Placement Manager
  • Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley, Associate Director, Communications
  • Harley K. Dubois, Cultural Co-Founder and Chief Cultural Officer
  • Iris Yee, Head of Regional Network
  • Molly Rose, Program Manager, Burners Without Borders
  • Pedro Vidal, Director of People and Learning
  • Patrice Mackey (Chef Juke), User Success Manager and Department of Mutant Vehicles Council

Advisory Committee Members

R.I.D.E. is advised by an advisory committee of community leaders with expertise on racial justice to review and advise the R.I.D.E. Stewardship group on the content, processes, and systems Burning Man Project designs to help increase diversity, equity and radical inclusion in both Burning Man Project and Black Rock City. This committee acts as a checks and balance system for unconscious bias and demonstrates our intention for radical accountability.

  • Elida Margarita Bautista - Élida Bautista, PhD is the Director of Inclusion and Diversity at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She sets school-wide strategy for diversity and equity-related programs focused on students, and works to create a more inclusive school climate. Bautista earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. Before beginning at UC Berkeley, Bautista spent 15 years developing social justice and diversity training programs at UCSF’s Department of Psychiatry. A bilingual Chicana born and raised in Chicago, Bautista moved to Ventura County when she was 13. Themes of identity politics and what people have in common across cultures have always interested her. She first visited Black Rock City in 2002 and camps with Campo Santo.
  • Erin Douglas - Erin is an experienced travel, culture, and lifestyle documentary photographer, creative culture consultant, and founder of Black Burner Project- A multicultural movement driving diversity and inclusivity at Burning Man through photography and personal stories. Her mission is to tell authentic stories with a huge emphasis on inclusive stories, that bring joy, and encourage people to action.
  • Jayson Jackson - Jayson Jackson is a producer of Tony Award®-winning theater, Emmy Award-winning film, Grammy Award-winning music, and a veteran Burner. He is a charter member of the Kennedy Centers Hip Hop Council and Chairman of the NARAS Grammy Committee for Music Video and Music Film. Jayson is a Harlem New York native and a devoted Knicks & Yankee fan.
  • Kim Cook - Kim Cook creates: Impact. Stories. Community projects. Places. Experiences. Spectacle. She successfully builds urban, regional, national, and international projects that increase mutual understanding, advance civic well being, elevate cultural engagement, and further the aesthetic design elements of communities. And sometimes she does things for the adventure, the learning, the discovery, the fun. As Burning Man’s Director, Creative Initiatives, Kim works in the frontier of exploration for projects and collaborations that extend Burning Man culture into the world. Most recently she facilitated the team for “virtual Burning Man 2020” with 10 technology platform partners offering a range of digital, dynamic, and interactive approaches to the “Multiverse”.
  • Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams is a public servant and organizer skilled in leading the transformation of public institutions to center equity and create a more just world. He serves as an advisor on organizational and systems change initiatives that readily require the coordination of multiple stakeholders and perspectives to address and undo systemic racism. When cities and institutions want to work towards operationalizing racial equity in their policies, programs, and practices, he is who they call.
  • Neil Takemoto - Neil has been committed to self-organizing ecosystems for co-creating communities for three decades. As the founder of CSPM Group, he developed a program known as crowdsourced placemaking, giving a voice to local communities in their neighborhood’s revitalization. Neil is a four-time burner, a fan of Stealing Fire and car-free cities. and currently developing a cooperative of transformative change agents dedicated to building place-based ‘catalyst hubs’ of mutuality.
  • Nicholas Powers - Nicholas Powers is a professor, novelist, reporter, and poet. His books “The Ground Below Zero: 9/11 to Burning Man, New Orleans to Darfur, Haiti to Occupy Wall Street” and the vampire novel “Thirst” were published by Upset Press. Currently, he is writing a book on race and psychedelics for North Atlantic Books.
  • Prince Barron - Prince Barron has been an Executive Assistant for 15 years, where he is a strategic business partner to all he supports. Prince is the Camp Daddy at the Burning Man camp Yummy RUMInations and has attended Burning Man twelve times. In June 2020, Prince launched The Queer View, which brings the Oakland community a drive-in experience twice a month. He was married to his beautiful husband in the art piece they helped build & fund, The Shrine of Sympathetic Resonance at Burning Man 2019. His purpose in life is to Surprise & Delight and build a strong, loyal, and loving community.
  • Rachel McCrafty - Rachel “Crafty” Sadd, is an artist and organizer as well as the Executive Director of Ace Makerspace in Oakland, CA, working on equity in maker culture and medium scale PPE projects for under-resourced communities.
  • Shirley Strong - Shirley Strong is a compassionate social justice educator committed to greater equity and inclusion in higher education and beyond. She has spearheaded initiatives in the field of education, philanthropy, and social action. Most recently, Shirley served as the Chief Diversity Officer at Samuel Merritt University (SMU). Prior to Samuel Merritt, Shirley served as Dean of Students and Director of Diversity at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Before her more recent work in higher education, Shirley was with the Levi Strauss Foundation directing social justice initiatives that were effective in developing and supporting multiracial coalitions to dismantle discrimination and improve race relations in various employee communities in the United States. In her role as an innovator and leader, Shirley co-founded and chaired the Northern California Chapter of the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and served on the national advisory committee of the National Conference of Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE). Additionally, she is an advisor to the Structural Competency Working Group (SCWG) which conducts trainings on structural racism in healthcare in order to help develop a language and a set of interventions to reduce health disparities leading to improved health outcomes for vulnerable populations. Shirley uses the concept of building a Beloved Community as a touchstone for her life and work. She defines Beloved Community as an inclusive, interconnected world view grounded in love and justice, leading to individual and social transformation.

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