2017 was the first time I started to feel the heaviness of working in DEI. At the time, I was helping colleges and universities across the US & Canada realize the importance of being inclusive and diverse in their public health practices and research. It was then I realized there wasn't a centralized space for DEI practitioners to be in community with each other and gain access to the resources we needed. I felt very isolated from other practitioners doing this work, and the heaviness of working in the DEI space was overwhelming. So much so that I tweeted about it.
Fast forward four years, I decided to conduct a qualitative research study to get insight into the needs of other folks working in the DEI space. It turns out that over 280 DEI practitioners shared the same experiences as I did. Folks across different industries, age ranges, racial & ethnic identities, and years of experience in the field were all facing burnout, compassion fatigue, being drained, and longed for a centralized community with educational resources, higher pay, and mental health resources.
While I, as an individual, couldn't do much about compensation, we as a community could create transparency about pay rates in the DEI and provide a centralized space for all the resources and support we need. So, DEI Offload™ born.
DEI Offload™ is a space for us to exist and talk about navigating life as a DEI Practitioner in a healthy way, to enhance the wellness of everyone working in the DEI space, develop a healthy work-life balance, and build genuine relationships in the DEI field while getting access to the professional resources we need.
Whether you're looking for a virtual space to connect with other practitioners, access to licensed mental health professionals, job postings, career opportunities, or just a place to access wellness resources and tips for maintaining a work-life balance – we're here for you! So let's do this together!
Dr. Samantha Rae a.k.a Dr. Sam
Founder & DEI Strategist
To centralize mental health & professional resources for folks doing DEI work across the globe.
To help folks woking in DEI gain access to resources, information, and community that will assist them in reaching their goals and enhance their mental health and professional well-being.