I often sit back and read the posts on my social sites to see what hot topic people are talking about next. It's interesting to hear different concepts and opinions on the same topic from people all over the map. Some comments are very ignorant and some very wise. Both useful.
I try to post things that excite me and topics I feel need more dialogue. It doesn't necessary mean I am for it or against it. Nonetheless, by all means I will always stand for love and the unification of humanity. There is enough darkness in the world that separates us by fear. It is toxic to feed into doubt and the insecurities of others.
The more tools we have to look at reality the more ways to lead to understanding.
We only see reality based on what we have been exposed to. We only see a fraction of the reality in front of us. Sometimes our shared reality is the biggest delusion of all. When we stay in our safe bubble we limit ourselves in knowledge and wisdom.
Your reality has been created in your own mind. Our illusions are more real than the physical world. Question your values and what sacrifices you make in your daily life just to fit in. Don't get caught up!
Be positive, smile at a stranger and keep hope alive-
Today, there are people who sit around and discuss solutions
and there are people who are the solution. Meet Rashida White, a young
professional who is intelligent, savvy and enthusiastic about the future of
technology. In the digital world, she is a junior instructor and creative
leader who is constantly designing new experiences. Rashida also spends a
significant amount of time mentoring underserved young adults through music and self expression. Our reality is based on what we have been exposed to. The more tools
we have to look at reality, the more ways to lead to understanding. Interactions and real life experience
is constructive towards awareness and cultural sensitivity.
Rashida's charisma and dedication to the arts and technology
is truly inspiring and most importantly defines her passion for community
empowerment. She has a simple yet profound view of how technology will
continue to advance successfully. Innovative technology in 2014 is about
rolling up your sleeves and finding not just new ideas but ones that are
effective in the real world. I believe human connection is the key to cutting edge resources in
#technology. Find out how Rashida White ended up making history at the White
Give me a little about your background.
I am a User Experience Designer, Teaching Artist and a
musician. I am passionate about bridging the digital divide and
empowerment through creative expression. Designing experiences that
model behaviors that exist throughout everyday interactions, both
digitally and in the "real world". In the day, I work for General
Assembly as a Junior Instructor for their User Experience Design
Immersive program. The rest of my time is spent mentoring low income and
underserved young adults (18-26 years old) for Koplin and Propati
Partners, providing design and technology education
and training to underserved communities through captivating our youth
and inspiring progress. I also work as a teaching artist for Willie Mae
Rock Camp for Girls (WMRC) and Brooklyn Arts Council, teaching music and
empowering our youth through creative expression. With that being said,
it is important for me as an educator to lead by example and empower
individuals with a supportive community to help achieve their dreams.
Thus, I am passionate about creativity, education, equality, equal
opportunity and cultural sensitivity.
How did you get involved with Out in Tech and why?
I got involved with Out in Tech researching different
technology networking events here in NYC. I thought it would be
beneficial for me to network and get to know people out in tech, and be
able to have my own community in the tech world.
I've heard some people say why is the lgbt community
drawing attention to themselves? Why do they need their own space in the
tech world? How do you approach this? I think for anyone, regardless or what career you are in or
lifestyle you lead, need connections and emotional attachments in
external sources. I feel it is important to build a perception of
yourself from your world view. In other words, building communities and
people who are empathetic to you and your needs makes life easier
because you exist in a network.
Why are organizations like Out in Tech important?
Organizations like OIT are important because it brings
visibility to our community within the tech world. With visibility comes
representation and opportunities to network with others. These types of organizations have made it possible to
tackle some of the issues within our community and solve it with
Congrats on being one of the few selected to go to the White
House. Tell me about your invite and what you where able to
accomplish at the first lgbt innovation summit. Out in tech sent out an email blast to past Out In Tech
(OIT) attendees with an opportunity to be a part of an inaugural LGBT
Innovation Summit sponsored by the White House Office of Public
Engagement and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Because of
limited spaces, they asked those who were interested to apply. I decided
to apply because there are things I am passionate about and would like
to meet like minds to partner with and build solutions for not only the
LGBT community, but for everyone. OIT had over 200 applicants and they
blindly selected 15. I was one of the 15 selected to represent OIC at
the White House. What we were able to accomplish was bringing awareness
to issues in specific communities within the LGBT community. We were then able to
utilize one another as resources to see if we could tackle these issues
with technology. Many connections were made that day and I’m excited to
see what tech solutions are going to come out of it.
In your perspective as a member of this organization, a woman and person of color, what type of universal wisdom will keep technology innovative?
Are these meetings open to allies?
Of course! Allies are always welcome and the White House
LGBT Innovation Tech Summit had a strong representation of LGBT allies.
How someone chooses to identify is none of my business, I am more
concerned with what you have to offer, what I can give to you and how we
can learn from each other.
What have you gained from your experience?
I realized how important it is to represent who you
are and offer your services to folks, as you never know who is in need
of your skills.
Do you prefer being called geek or nerd? Why?
I really don’t have a preference, but if I had to
choose one, it would be ‘geek’. I think they both have been reclaimed
over the years and have become more of a compliment instead of a put
Urban Soul Farmer is my Pseudonym for the health conscious farmer in me. I was raised on the West Coast but my parents were raised in the South where growing food was a lifestyle. I use the knowledge of my ancestors and mix it with a city version for smaller spaces. On this site I share the constant transformation of my urban garden in Los Angeles. I also post pics of other gardeners that inspire me to experiment with growing edibles. I love to make smoothies and enjoy finding recipes to share. I would like to host urban garden workshops in my backyard in the near future. Most importantly, I am an advocate for better health for people of color. The Urban Soul Farmer upholds a lifestyle and works as a vessel towards better health and sustainable living.
This picture reminds me of how connected we are with nature. The tree an extension of myself, helping me stay balanced and grounded.
I'd like to share what I've been practicing in order to transform into my better self. Perhaps you will find something helpful that will further your inner journey as well.
Practice compassion for those who have separated themselves consciously. Start by forgiving yourself for not being perfect. Love individuals that are difficult to love. Not just particular people, do it without circumstance or demand. Remain vigilant and conscious. Stay present. Be impervious to negativity. Take accountability. Do your inner work. When you know yourself, you trust yourself. The more trust the more self love and self acceptance. Stay connected with nature. I enjoy going to the beach or sitting under a blanket of trees in my garden. Listen to the rhythm of nature. Nature moves with purpose. A vision pulls you forward. Don't miss your vision and passion by becoming stuck in predictable, mechanical routines.
Faith without vulnerability and believing in the unknown is an extreme thought pattern.