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A Farewell to Jerod

Ilsa, Caprice, Jerod, and Richard in front of a lake.

In the summer of 2018, we had the pleasure of interviewing Jerod Grant for the position of

Racial Equity Consultant. He immediately drew us in with his ability to connect to the audience

and his engaging presentation style. An exercise he introduced that day, incorporating music

and movement, is now a go-to for our in-person workshops. It would be just one of the many

ways Jerod made our team stronger over our five years together.

Those of you who have had the opportunity to work with Jerod know that he brings an

authentic way of connecting with workshop participants that is both kind and at the same time

challenges people to think critically through an equity lens. He has always held central to his

practice a concern for the wellbeing of People of Color and is skilled at holding space for

difficult conversations. One time, as we were welcoming people into a Zoom session, Ilsa

remembers Jerod asking them about details of their work and life he had seen in their

biographies. He took the time to research the people in this cohort not because it was a

requirement of the job, but because he takes a genuine interest in connecting with the stories

and experiences people bring.

As we’ve worked together over the past five years, we’ve seen him graduate with a master’s

degree, get married, and become the father of two children. We supported each other through

the pandemic and the global racial reckoning after the murder of George Floyd. We’ve

struggled, grown, critically reflected, and celebrated together.

At the end of the year, Jerod, our first employee, will be leaving Cultures Connecting. He will

forever hold a special place in our hearts.


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