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My 2019 Year In Review by Calvin Eaton
In August 2018 I took the scary leap of faith into the role of a antiracism diversity, and inclusion educator. Up until then I was full-time growing 540WMain (on no salary) and failing at making substitute teaching fit in just enough to pay the bills. I knew trying to fit both into my life was an exercise in futility and both endeavors would suffer irreparably at the attempt. I knew that I needed to lean fully into my journey as a non-profit leader while at the same time developing a consultant career that would be conducive to both paying the bills, making me fulfilled, and building a non-profit from the ground up.
The day I decided to move myself in the direction my mind and heart was guiding me still very clear. I remember it as a sunny warm day walking home from Ugly Duck Coffee. I had no idea how I would build my client list, what I would charge or how I would overcome the stifling pangs of imposter syndrome that swirled in my mind telling me I wasn’t experienced enough, good enough or smart enough to engage in such important and historical work. On that short walk home, I decided I wouldn’t let my inner self critic get the best of me and I told myself very firmly to consider what I had accomplished thus far and that I absolutely was worthy, able, and qualified to do this work. Fast forward to today and I can hardly believe all that I have accomplished not only with 540WMain but in my work as an antiracsim educator. Dozens of workshops, hours of reading, hundreds of conversations and connections and all that self-doubt seems so silly now.
“All that self-doubt seems so silly now”
What I Accomplished in 2019 by the Numbers
Blog posts written/published :
antiracism books read
# of boards I serve on
Instagram accounts managed
facebook pages managed
twitter accounts managed
LinkedIn pages managed
# of organization clients
classes/workshops taught in the community
panels spoken on:
podcasts I produced:
radio shows I produced (morethanisms radio):
radio shows featured on:
college classes spoken in:
health & wellness
What I’ve learned
I am ever grateful to have the privilege and ability to make a living doing work that is not only important but very dear to my heart. Work that envelopes me so completely that most days it hardly feels like work. I am ever happy to share the highlights of my accomplishments and very soon be able to share even more in a book that delves much deeper.
About Calvin Eaton
(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a community educator, digital content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, inclusion, equity, curriculum writing, and higher education.
Scale Up 2020 Campaign
540WMain will celebrate its 4 year anniversary with a party and extravaganza on Saturday June 18, 2020. In just four years the organization has become a pillar in the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood and a convener and curator of important and vital community conversations, classes, and programs. Your financial support helps us scale up this work in 2020 and beyond with a year long fundraising goal of $40,000