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Interview with Crystal Farmer, author of “The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization”


Join us for an interview with Crystal Farmer including live audience Q&A!

FIC Co-Director, Cynthia Tina, will meet with FIC Board Member, Crystal Farmer, for an hour-long session to learn about her new book – The Token, Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization. This is sure to be an advice-packed, timely and intimate conversation. You don’t want to miss it!
Join for free by registering above and consider making a donation to support the work of FIC. You’ll receive the recording in case you can’t make it on Tuesday, December 15th | 1-2pm pacific / 4-5pm eastern (See your local time).


About The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization

Meet the new Black friend you never had.
As a Black organizer, community, business, and organization leaders often ask: “How do I get diversity in my group?” The thing is, the work is real, but it’s a minefield out there. And even progressive leaders can still, perhaps unknowingly, be racist and uphold oppressive systems.
In The Token, your new token Black friend, Crystal Byrd Farmer, acts as the bridge between majority white organizations that are dedicated to social justice and “diverse” people in community they want to recruit, across identities of race, LGBTQ, education, socioeconomic status, and disability.
With a blunt style that pulls no punches, Crystal tells you how it is, calling you out on tokenism, while extending a hand to help your organization make real transformative change toward diversity and inclusion. Coverage includes:
  • What marginalized people experience and what they need to feel safe and comfortable in order to succeed
  • Doing “The Work” – how to have deep conversations with your membership about the reality of bias, privilege, and microaggressions
  • Practical exercises and discussion questions
  • How to choose appropriate meeting locations and establish ground rules, when to bring in outside help, and how to recruit support within your organization
  • Strategies on how to talk to friends who are resistant to progressive ideas.

This no-nonsense, provocative, humorous, and accessible guide is for all well-meaning people leading progressive organizations who acknowledge the need for diversity but don’t know where to start.



Meet the Author


Crystal Farmer

Crystal Byrd Farmer is a North Carolina native active in the cohousing and polyamorous communities. An engineer turned educator, she speaks and writes about ways communities can be more welcoming to people of all kinds of backgrounds. Crystal is the website editor for Black & Poly, an organization promoting healthy polyamorous relationships for people of color. She serves on the Board of the Foundation for Intentional Community and on the Editorial Review Board of Communities Magazine. Her book The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization was published in late 2020. Crystal is passionate about encouraging people to change their perspectives on diversity, relationships, and the world.

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