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#ClouderaLife Highlight: Autymn Harris and Jonathan Sanford

For this month’s #ClouderaLife Highlight we did one thing just a little totally different. In celebration of Satisfaction Month, we sat down with two Clouderans who’re influential within the firm’s LGBTQ+ neighborhood: Autymn Harris and Jonathan Sanford. On this Q&A dialogue, we requested them about their roles at Cloudera and what the LGBTQ+ useful resource teams are as much as for Cloudera Satisfaction celebrations. We then obtained into an informative dialogue round essential points inside the better neighborhood to consider and counsel methods to take motion. 

So let’s care for some introductions. Autymn and Jonathan, what do you do at Cloudera and the way did you discover your solution to the corporate?


I’m a program success supervisor for Cloudera’s Range, Fairness, and Inclusion (DE&I) group. I work to advertise Cloudera’s DE&I initiatives each internally and externally.

Internally, I work with Cloudera’s many Worker Useful resource Teams (ERG) to coordinate occasions for the varied cultural and neighborhood heritage months. Externally, I handle Cloudera’s Provider Range Program. We consider an organization, guaranteeing 51% of the board has numerous illustration and/or is taken into account a Licensed Numerous Provider. Conversely, I be sure Cloudera follows swimsuit with correct certification.

I joined Cloudera this previous December. Previous to becoming a member of I used to be on the skilled providers staff at NetApp. Throughout my time there I participated in a program referred to as CEO Motion for Racial Equality, a fellowship to assist Black illustration and empowerment related to banking and enterprise. From this expertise, I knew that I needed a full-time function the place I might contribute to social change inside firms. I began searching for a DE&I function and located my present place at Cloudera, which matched my trade expertise. Enjoyable truth, Jonathan was the recruiter that I labored with when gaining employment at Cloudera!  


I’m a DE&I expertise specialist. As a member of the expertise acquisition staff, I create collaboration between expertise, the DE&I staff, and Cloudera Social Accountability. My background throughout a number of sectors: consulting (Booz Allen Hamilton), know-how (Fb and Twitter), and training (Tufts College), which gave me expertise throughout an array of enterprise capabilities, particularly recruiting, occasion planning, and profession advising. This, together with my ardour for contributing to optimistic social change, created a great match for my present function at Cloudera. 

How do you each assist the LGBTQ+ worker useful resource group? What kind of Satisfaction Month actions do you run?

Jonathan: I’m a co-lead for the LGBTQ+ ERG at Cloudera. Final yr I organized an hour-long panel dialogue, the aim of which was actually an training piece the place we centered on informing individuals in regards to the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, its historical past, the varied communities represented, shared experiences, and customary misconceptions. 

Autymn: I’m supporting my first Satisfaction Month at Cloudera, working with Jonathan and Cloudera Cares. New to this yr is our engagement with the Trendy Army Affiliation of America, which focuses on supporting navy veterans who’re additionally a part of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. 

Why is fostering consciousness round LGBTQ+ points so essential?

Jonathan: I feel constructing consciousness and educating is so essential. There are a selection of legal guidelines and proposed insurance policies on the market, for instance, which might be damaging to the neighborhood that persons are not conscious of. Subsequently, it’s our accountability to do some training round these points.

Autymn: Agreed, I feel it begins on the particular person degree. When individuals hear from of us inside the neighborhood about their tales it humanizes them and provides a better understanding of the neighborhood at giant and what they could have gone via. I’d add that constructing consciousness not solely exterior however inside the neighborhood is essential, too. As a result of LGBTQ+ is made up of many various communities with some extra marginalized than others. Everybody, even these inside LGBTQ+ organizations, want to pay attention to this.  

Jonathan: Most undoubtedly. The trans neighborhood, for instance, has traditionally been left behind the place the main focus for a very long time was on homosexual males’s rights, particularly. It’s essential to acknowledge that the LGBTQ+ neighborhood will not be a monolith of 1 trigger or one desired end result.

What can the typical particular person do to assist LGBTQ+ associated causes?

Autymn: So there are a variety of organizations the place the typical particular person can donate. There are a lot of advocacy teams just like the Lavender Rights Venture and the LGBTQ Freedom Fund, that present low-cost authorized providers and bail for LGBTQ+ individuals. Additionally, check out all the businesses you work together with for the merchandise you purchase or the providers you utilize. Discover out their stance on LGBTQ+ neighborhood points and both assist them or cease utilizing them, relying on what you uncover. 

Jonathan: Nice level about evaluating an organization’s stance on LGBTQ+ points. One other issue to take a look at is the place their political donations are going. Are they supporting energetic laws that can hurt these within the LGBTQ+ neighborhood? 

What does one have to remember when evaluating media round LGBTQ+ points?

Jonathan: I feel an essential takeaway when you’re watching information tales or studying articles is to be conscious of who’s telling the story. Observe if it comes from the angle of somebody within the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, a politician, or a journalist. With the final two, consider the place their biases could also be. In different phrases, think about the supply!

Autymn: Nicely stated. One nice supply is GLSEN educator assets, like this doc on utilizing pronouns.

Specializing in probably the most marginalized. An essential closing message.

Jonathan: Whereas it’s essential to assist the entire LGBTQ+ neighborhood, do not forget that it’s really made up of many smaller communities, some marginalized greater than others. I feel it’s tremendous essential for everybody to recollect to assist probably the most marginalized, just like the trans inhabitants. I feel Satisfaction is particularly essential this yr as a result of there are a variety of proposed state insurance policies that can be damaging to LGBTQ+ individuals. Deliberate misinformation and legalized discrimination hurt individuals in very actual methods; emotionally, mentally, and bodily. By higher understanding one another, we will all be certain that we deal with different individuals with the dignity and respect all of us deserve, and never fall prey to numerous the fear-mongering we’re seeing in the direction of LGBTQ+ individuals.  

Autymn: I couldn’t agree extra. I’d reinforce Jonathan’s level about trying on the most marginalized. I feel with previous advocacy teams and actions many instances they missed the mark by stopping after fast wins or reaching their targets for many of their neighborhood. In consequence probably the most marginalized, like Black trans girls, for instance, get ignored. We have to attempt to battle for probably the most marginalized and after we do this, points are corrected for everybody. As Audre Lorde, civil rights activist and author stated, “I’m not free whereas any lady is unfree, even when her shackles are very totally different from my very own.”

Thanks, Autymn and Jonathan for collaborating on this essential dialogue. Excited by working with others like Autymn and Jonathan? Take a look at our present job openings. 



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