Qy'Darrius McEachern

Qy'Darrius McEachern

Qy'Darrius Z. McEachern is a Black, able-bodied, cisgender man from a low-income background who has committed himself to researching & educating people on the systemic oppressions impacting us every single day through an antiracist lens.

Qy'Darrius Z. McEachern is a Black, able-bodied, cisgender man from a low-income background who has committed himself to researching & educating people on the systemic oppressions impacting us every single day through an antiracist lens.

He earned his Bachelors’ degree in Psychology with minors in Social and Economic Justice and Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and attended Texas State University to earn his Master’s degree in Higher Education.  He is also a PROUD member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.  

Qy’Darrius is a national speaker + consultant who strives to support offices, organizations, workplaces, schools, and more in an effort to create equitable spaces and innovate justice for individuals of color. 

He aims to move people from “listening & learning” to ACTION & CHANGE.

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PROGRAMS

More Than Black Boxes: The Negative Impacts of Performative Activism on Real People

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual | Retreat

Remember that day everyone’s Instagram feed turned black? June 2, 2020 was called #BlackOutTuesday and it has been described as one of the most-widespread demonstrations of protest in the history of social media.

It made a lot of people feel good and like they were engaging in true activism.

Qy’Darrius (Q) reflects on this day and subsequent examples of online activism in this signature program and asks, “what if it was more important for Black people to be liberated from anti-Black racism than it is for you to be perceived as a good person?”

This question gets to the heart of a core issue of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; the appearance of allyship without true advocacy is hollow, dangerous, and creates toxic spaces for Black students, faculty, and staff.

This dynamic program is intended to challenge and inspire those who want to do good to truly do better.

Ideal Audiences

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Residence Life
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Initiatives 

Audience members will… 

  • Explore examples of performative allyship 

  • Identify ways in which people of good intention can fall into the trap of slacktivism 

  • Consider the short- and long-term impacts of performance on Black students, faculty, and staff

  • Develop strategies to move from performative actions to true activism for justice

Audience members will…

  • Explore the concept of microaggressions and how it impacts individuals and groups 

  • Dialogue about how language is a manifestation of power dynamics

  • Develop strategies related to fostering inclusivity and respect through the minimization and elimination of microaggressions 

[micro]AGGRESSIONS: A Discussion on Power, Privilege, and Culture

Workshop | Virtual | Retreat

There’s nothing small about microaggressions. Their impact and cumulative weight are more than any individual can and should endure. For too long these words and phrases have been used without considering their harm.

In this thought-provoking and interactive program, Q helps audience members to develop a deeper understanding of how language matters related to inclusivity. In doing so, he guides a dialogue on the dynamics of power and privilege through the lens of language, and how word choice can influence group dynamics. Through powerful activities and dialogue, attendees will better understand how to foster inclusivity and challenge themselves to lead and support students authentically.

Ideal Audiences

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Residence Life
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Initiatives 
  • Professional Development