28. Courageous Discomfort: Conversations About Race and Racism



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About this episode

In this episode of The Intentional Fundraiser podcast, I’m talking with the completely marvelous Shanterra McBride.

She is an international teacher, speaker, author, and preacher with expertise in youth development, diversity and inclusion, and allyship.

In 2014 she founded Marvelous University, a social enterprise designed to meet the diverse needs of girls and young women as they navigate life. Working with young people from all backgrounds, Marvelous University focuses on life coaching, success planning, mentorship, and leadership development.

As part of these efforts, Shanterra trains adults who engage with youth to ensure that there are well-equipped and trusted allies in the lives of young people.

In September 2022, Shanterra and co-author Rosalind Wisemen published Courageous Discomfort: How to have Important, Brave, Life-Changing Conversations about Race and Racism (Chronicle Books).

An empowering handbook on how to have candid conversations around race and become a better advocate, written by a Black woman and a white woman who ask and answer 20 common, uncomfortable-but-critical questions about racism.

Many people struggle to have honest conversations about race, even those who consider themselves allies or identify as anti-racist. For anyone who wants to have better, more productive discussions, Courageous Discomfort is an empowering handbook that teaches you how to do just that.

Shanterra stays grounded through her faith, community of family and friends, and relationships with her mentees. These are constant reminders of her life’s purpose which is to mend, motivate and empower young people and those young at heart, to believe that they are, without reservation, completely MARVELOUS!

Shanterra lives in Dallas, Texas, and earned her bachelor’s degrees from Southern Methodist University in Sociology and Public Affairs & Corporate Communications and was awarded the Profiles in Leadership Award for having made a significant impact on the city of Dallas and on the quality of life for girls and women all across the U.S. She earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.


Our guest

Shanterra McBride, Founder, Marvelous University


"That's how white saviorism has been perpetuated and how some of the restrictions that have been put on gifts really showcase that the funder does not understand the community. Or those programs that need to be developed for and by the community."

- Shanterra McBride, Founder, Marvelous University


Resources mentioned in this episode 

Courageous Discomfort: How to Have Important, Brave, Life-Changing Conversations about Race and Racism


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