DR. CINDY CALDWELL
Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
Growing up in Texas as a woman who identifies as a Lesbian, Dr. Cindy Caldwell experienced the horrific effects of sexism and homophobia. This fueled her desire to educate people about the issues surrounding those that are Queer, as well as those experiencing homelessness, poverty, a disability or all of these things.
Dr. Caldwell received her PhD in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology (Carl Jung psychology of archetypes and symbolism) from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her education in mythology seemed a natural springboard for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work. Her studies included research into Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Indigenous People and African religions, the understanding of which translates extremely well into DEI work. Dr. Caldwell is a certified Diversity, Equity and Inclusion professional, as well as a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory or IDI. The IDI is a well-known assessment tool that provides data showing the biases and cultural awareness of an organization or individual.
“I have a PhD in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology. At first glance, Mythological Studies may not seem to relate to DEI work, but this education gave me a basic understanding of all the religions and cultures of the world. I understand some of what it means to be Sikh, or Jewish, or Hindu, but I also know something about the 38,000 different sects of Christianity. This education gives me more insight into a person of a different culture or religion, which I then pass on to an organization wanting to develop better onboarding practices and an inclusive work environment. This leads to improved employee retention, productivity and satisfaction.
The name of my dissertation is “The Changing Myth of Mary Magdalene” and while it may seem that this topic may not pertain to DEI work, it actually elucidates the deliberate repression of women in Christianity. This translates directly to the systemic sexism, misogyny and patriarchal practices that abound in our world, country, state and city. My post-graduate work is a large part of my motivation to expose and dismantle prejudice in all its forms.”
— Dr. Cindy Caldwell