Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, is a psychologist, university professor, author, and speaker on topics central to racial equality, inclusion, and mutual respect. She is most passionate about creating inclusive organizations and building peaceful communities. Debbie draws her energy from engaging others in workshop settings, in-home book salons, community classrooms, and through her writings and blog posts. As an academic, she continues her research on diversity metrics and cross-racial friendships while teaching and facilitating discussions forwarding a relational model for managing the dynamics of differences. She is the lead author in the design and development of the Diversity Engagement Survey (DES), a tool for measuring diversity and inclusion in organizations.

For almost thirty years, I have been a learner and facilitator of leveraging differences to advance the mission of organizations and achieve their business objectives. The work hasn’t gotten easier. In fact, as we embrace and act out of our multiple and intersecting identities, building inclusive organizations, enlightened educational institutions, and peaceful communities has become more complex. It may even seem impossible to achieve a "we." That is where this blog enters. It serves as a space where we can examine some of these complex issues and create dialogue on solutions for getting to that "more perfect union."

I’m a lovingly-nagging wife, adopted Mom, deep-thought sister, a go-to-aunt, devoted friend, dog and people lover (in that order), practicing psychologist, university professor, chief diversity officer, author, and speaker on topics central to racial equality, inclusion, and mutual respect. My professional CV is here.

Getting To We includes traditional long-and-short-form posts written by me and some of the best thinkers in the DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) space. I also include an occasional vlog post. And (drum roll, please), there are a number of micro-moment posts to satisfy your I-want-to-know moments. Micro-moment posts offer brief explanations about current diversity issues.

I am excited about how learning (yours and mine) will happen through these online conversations. Enjoy the blog and welcome to the conversation!

Onward and Upward,