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More about Genevieve
I have a strong past in the Human Resources (HR) field. My organizational skill set and understanding of employment law has stayed with me; however, my heart always pushed me towards employee advocacy as opposed to employer. Throughout my career in HR, and while consulting with Jefferson County Workforce, LeaderQuest, and volunteering at Arrupe Jesuit High School and the Community College of Denver (CCD), I assisted job seekers with resume critiques, skills assessments, mock interviews, and professional training. These interests led me to my position at CCD’s Career Development Center.
While working as the Employer Relations Specialist at CCD’s Career Development Center, I was drawn toward working directly with the students and eventually transitioned into a role at the Student Life office. It was a demanding and incredibly rewarding job. I supervised 10 student employees and assisted in managing the office. Most of my time was spent working with and serving CCD’s diverse student body. Throughout my career I’ve always strived to promote learning and individual potential. CCD was the perfect place to do just that.
As a full-time stay-at-home-parent,especially in the beginning, a lot of my adult interactions, interests, and learning was done very publicly on social media. Around the time that Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were killed, I was compelled to act and started NE Denver Neighbors for Racial Justice. I have chosen a path of community activism. Currently, I am a leader in the Rename St*pleton for All initiative. With two young children who are my primary responsibility, involvement in their schools, and activism, it can be overwhelming. I always want to do more. My vision for Rename St*pleton For All is to address the apathy I see, among even the more liberal members of my community, in regards to white supremacy. Removing the name from places of honor is a great step in the right direction. We’ve got an incredible army of social justice warriors right here in Denver, who are doing great work. Together we can create much needed change. Join the conversation and take action. We’ve got work to do!
More about Michael
I am a scientist who runs a research lab at the local medical school. I was born in Colombia and am half-white, half-latino. I moved to the US as a toddler and grew up in Texas, where my skin color could have made me the target of stereotypes and discrimination. However, I had the privilege of being raised by a white father who ran his own research lab, and he gave me a “white” surname and access to opportunities to enrich my academic pursuits and pave the way towards getting into graduate school. In college, I had essentially a full scholarship based not on need or race but on academic success, but I was still strongly encouraged to apply for other, minority-targeted scholarships, and I had mixed feelings when I obtained them — weren’t there others more in need? When I arrived in graduate school I was very sensitive about any hint that I received special attention because of my race. I wanted to be judged on merit alone, since I didn’t think I’d had to overcome any racial bias, and I began to believe that all scholarships and admissions decisions should be based on merit or economic status, never race. Despite the fact that I was aware of it, my privilege blinded me to the very real hardships of others. Only many years later did I begin to understand systemic racial bias and inequity, and I became aware of that blinding effect of privilege. (It’s not about me! It was never about me.) I learned of the origin of the St*pleton name only a few years ago, and I quickly realized that the apathy shared by many of my neighbors’ is a manifestation of that same blindness. With a full-time job and two small children, I have little time and energy to spare, but I am determined to do what I can to make this name change happen.
Greg Diggs "Agitator in Chief"
Former Co-President: Community & Student Outreach
Editor & Lead on Renaming St*pleton Recreation Center in Globeville
Jackie St. Joan
Director: Legal Team Lead & "Denver Faces"
More about Jackie
I am a retired lawyer, Denver County judge, and law professor who has been fortunate to find a use for my background in law and policy to rename St*pleton for all. Following the visible rise of organized white supremacy in Charlottesville last summer, I followed the advice of a wise woman who said, “White people created white supremacy. Now fix it.” Changing the name does not end white supremacy, but it is at least an effort to correct mistakes of the past that haunts us.
My family and I have lived in Denver for 46 years. I knew about the KKK history of Benjamin Stapleton, so when the old airport became a real estate development that continued to use the name, I was very unhappy about it. Now I know that it was intended that the name fade away over time, but it has not, and without community effort, it will not. I am happy to have the opportunity to work with the community toward this common goal of renaming not only the Stapleton development, but also other public spaces that honor a shameful part of our history. I have two children and four grandchildren, and I enjoy dancing and singing as well as writing. I have edited and written four books—nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. www.jacquelinestjoan.com www.Mysistersmadeoflight.com
Eleanor K. Wedum
Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP
Legal Team & Lead on Renaming Stapleton Drive N & Stapleton S Drive
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