In my spare time, I am searching for ideas and solutions to ensure real change for people with dementia and for why change has not happened, especially in terms of inclusion and diversity. Dementia taught me about ‘otherness’, as described by the late Dr Martin Luther King Junior, and what it feels like. It provided me with a first hand experience of stigma and discrimination too. Today, I am sharing the work of Janet Stovall, and although I have said this before, it still seems as if ratios of people with dementia in the workforce (paid employment) will need to be legislated too, for equal inclusion to happen.
In 1984, Janet Stovall, one of 50 Black students at Davidson College, decided to do something about racism on campus. She launched Project ’87, which called for increases in the numbers of Black students, professors, classes and deans. The college has made progress toward Project ’87 goals, but the work is not done. She has been single minded about abouy diversity and inclusion, and was recently quoted saying, “I want to see Davidson working—simultaneously—to deconstruct racism within Davidson’s walls and outside them, across the nation,” she says. “I’m ready to start on Project 2027.”
Perhaps we need more single-mindedness in dementia?