Hi, everyone! My name is Dan Rice and my pronouns are he/him/his. I was born in Bay Shore, Long Island, to a white mother and Puerto Rican father. I also identify as a cisgender gay man. I love Ancestry.com and find it quite fascinating. Here’s my DNA breakdown:
I’d love to talk with others who have explored theirs. Some of my other identities include able-bodied, neurotypical, middle-aged, son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew and cat & dog dad. These are my furry four-legged kids:
I graduated from high school in Brentwood, NY. I completed my undergraduate studies at Wagner College in Staten Island, and my graduate studies at Western New England University in Springfield, MA. I approach Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) work from a place of cultural humility. I believe my marginalized identities do not negate my privileged identities, nor do they absolve me of any harm I have done to others with marginalized identities.I learn and grow by talking less, listening more and practicing a servant leadership style.
When we approach DEIB work from a place of cultural humility, it allows us space to grapple with the questions we often avoid asking. Have we done the work to create an environment where people of all identities can thrive? What harm have we done to the individuals with non-privileged identities who are currently in the environment and how do we begin a process of healing? What am I willing to change or give up to make space for the environment to be equitable? It is my strongly held belief that until we start having these tough conversations, we cannot truly say we have invested in creating just and equitable environments.
All of my intersecting identities have shaped who I am as an individual and how I move through the world. I have learned to use my privileged identities to affect change in the systems that perpetuate injustice. I have grown to be proud of the identities that do not carry privilege and have turned the pain I have experienced related to those identities into empathy and compassion for others. For the people with identities I do not share, I honor them by listening, learning about, and valuing their lived experiences. Talking less, listening more and lifting up the voices of all people with marginalized identities is how I will approach leading the DEIB work within GSAPP.