"Professor William Smith, a nationally renowned scholar in critical race and ethnic studies, is a phenomenal speaker. He brings both reality and hope, as he dismantles the centuries long structures that trap so many into systems of oppression and inequality. He is truly a national treasure."
-Rodney D. Coates, Ph.D., Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Miami University
"Professor William Smith is a thought‐provoking speaker and author. His ability to take viewers and readers alike, through historical topics covering centuries of racial oppression in America and tie those effects to impacts on mental health of people of color is groundbreaking! Through the work of Professor Smith, the term Racial Battle Fatigue (RBF) and its origin from micro aggressions, as well as other sources, has helped put a name on emotions that have been miscategorized and exposed the impacts of those actions on people of color. His talk with AAAA also helped create a turning point in the way conversations on recruiting and retaining Black or, African American talent in the Wealth Management Industry, takes place."
-Christian Nwasike, Association of African American Financial Advisors
"It was an immense pleasure collaborating with Dr. Smith as we created a multi-week training focused on Racial Equity and Inclusion for Utah's [Governor Herbert’s] Leadership Team. After discussing our areas of interest, he was willing to customize a session that considered the historical nature of race in America and the unique impacts of Racial Battle Fatigue. Dr. Smith facilitated the workshop with compassion, which encouraged participants to engage in transparent conversation that created a meaningful training experience."
-Nubia Pena, Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs
"Dr Smith is a trailblazer and an incredibly motivating and persuasive public Speaker. Our goal was to educate on racial justice in Utah and we were fortunate to have Dr Smith address our team. He is highly recommended and will make an impact!"
-David Blaber, Becton & Dickenson Medical Delivery Solution
“Dr. Smith made us think differently about racial inequality. His approach to weaving personal stories and experiences with data and research about racial discrimination made a compelling case for the need to take action in healthcare and beyond.”
-Arturo Polizzi, Chief Operating Officer, ProMedica
“Dr. Smith’s research highlights the detrimental effects that discrimination has on the body and mind. Understanding the biological and psychosocial effects of discrimination will help us continually improve wellness, inclusion and equity in our workplace, in the care we provide and in the communities we are part of.”
-Greg Braylock, Jr., Vice President & Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, ProMedica
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