Hello and welcome all listeners around the world to On the Edge with Eddie: Detangling our Black Identities. I am your host Eddie Etsey.
I am excited you are joining our journey to explore all the different shades of black identities, have real conversations and discussions.
Our conversations, stories and discussions are not meant to degrade, discourage or prove a point. Exploring our black identities is about learning, empowering and giving people a voice to tell their stories. Some of my guests may get real and raw, while others may not speak freely due to fear of retaliation. YES, FEAR OF Retaliation!!!
Regardless of their comfort level to tell their story, all I ask is for you to keep an open mind and respect their perspectives. #THIS IS NOT about you!!!
My wish is to use this podcast as a safe space for folks to speak out, share their stories, struggles and simply what’s on their mind. I hope you will subscribe to On the Edge on Eddie – Detangling our black identities on your Spotify, apple podcast, google podcast, breaker or any of your favorite podcast channels.
I am looking forward to this journey with you and hope we all learn about black identities and much more along the way. #Not all black people are the same!
Edudzi T. Etsey, commonly known as Eddie, has over 20 years of Service Management and leadership experience. In his work, Eddie is known as a tirelessly positive individual who will go out of his way to offer assistance. His innovative and creative problem-solving skills have aided him in developing processes, designing workflows, improving efficiencies, and leading several key projects within the University of Iowa and its communities as well as internationally. His focus on bringing people together to solve problems and learn from one another helps make our communities a more welcoming place.
As the co-founder of The Coalition - Black Men in Technology at the University of Iowa, Eddie is dedicated to caring for the well-being of others, including colleagues, employees, and students. His passion for education and promoting diversity and intercultural awareness has landed him many nominations for awards, including the David J. Skorton Staff Excellence Award for Public Service and the Iowa Board of Regents Staff Excellence award.
In the community, Eddie works diligently to advocate for those without a voice and empowers the youth. His involvement in the community ranges from serving as a job coach for people with disabilities, serving on the Board of Directors for CommUnity (formerly Crisis Center), to leading groups internationally with his nonprofit organization Eddies Teddies Inc. for service projects such as setting up a library, providing school supplies and other basic needs to children and working with other nonprofits in Ghana, West Africa. In his work as an advocate and philanthropist, Eddie brings fun and energy to all he does.