We all need to think more deeply about who’s missing from our key conversations.
That was advice that Regan Byrd, the Bell Policy Center’s development and operations coordinator, gave Friday during her keynote address at the 22nd Annual Women’s Conference at the University of Denver (DU).
Byrd has a deep commitment to social justice, intentional inclusivity and coalition building. She’s a DU alum, has been named a "Woman to Watch" by the Denver League of Women Voters, and is the winner of the 2015 Lilly Ledbetter award from 9to5 Colorado. She’s been co-chair of the 9to5 Colorado board for five years. The group advocates on behalf of working women.
Byrd spoke to dozens of women about the need to think about identity. She recalled what it was like to be given white dolls as a child. Her mom, in contrast, gave all of Regan’s Anglo friends black Barbie dolls so they would think about race.
Today, Byrd intentionally considers how those who might feel excluded should be included. And she encourages everyone to tell their stories.
“Identity is at the heart of our experiences. Who we are in the world and being a black woman informs the stories I tell.”