As Dialogue on Race Louisiana has grown, so has our team! From Board members to staff to facilitators, we have a lot of talented people in our midst. If you are interested in learning about our team and what it is like to work with us, you’re in the right place. We hope this blog series is a fun way to tell you about our favorite memories, our least favorite chores, or what book we just can’t put down!
First up, we have Jasmine Pogue! Jasmine is our Facilitator Coordinator and an awesome human. Read on to learn more about her!
How did you first learn about DORLA?
To be honest, I don’t really remember. Maybe from Nextdoor. All I remember is finding out there was a series being held at a church around the corner from my house and I signed up!
What do you do at DORLA?
I onboard all new facilitators, get them scheduled for new facilitator training, manage the facilitation process for trained facilitators and get them booked for upcoming series. I also manage the monthly facilitator training process for trained facilitators to stay up to date on our dialogues. Occasionally, I work with the other DORLA groups to come up with ideas and work on other projects.
What do you like about working with DORLA?
I love that DORLA has a collaborative environment that encourages you to use your abilities to come up with ways to move the organization forward without being silenced. There is no “one way” to do anything here and everyone’s ideas are welcomed. That does not mean your ideas won’t be challenged to help them grow but you aren’t silenced here and that is refreshing.
What are your top three books?
My favorite books change as I do, but currently I am reading “America Will Be” By Vincent Harding and Daisaku Ikeda – it’s a book on Racism, Buddhism, and America – “Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace” by Daisaku Ikeda which is another Buddhist book on creating happiness and peace – and “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi which is an AMAZING fantasy book.
If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
Language! I really wish I spoke multiple languages.
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?
Korean Dramas! I am obsessed with them. I will pretty much watch any of them as long as there are no zombies! Hahaha
What’s your go to karaoke song?
Probably Total Eclipse of the Heart? Or Love Will Keep Us Together by Captain and Tennille? It actually depends on if I’m singing in a group or solo – group songs are my favorite!
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a detective like Nancy Drew or a Veterinarian.
What series have you binge watched lately?
Right now I am binge watching Star Trek: Discovery, but I just finished watching HBO/Cinemax’s Warrior – it was amazing.
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