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Alison Rose Jefferson, M.H.C.|Ph.D. 

Alison Rose Jefferson is a historian, heritage conservation consultant and third generation Californian. She uses her research interests in American history are focused on the African American experience, heritage conservation, spatial justice, and cultural tourism to reconstruct stories which have been left out or marginalized the telling of American history as a tool in the struggle for social justice.


Her recent book, Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era was awarded the 2020 Miriam Matthews Ethnic History Award by the Los Angeles City Historical Society for its exceptional contributions to the greater understanding and awareness of regional history.

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SLO Equity: Engaging Our Community One Person at a Time


Our new SLO Equity podcast dives into the origins of systemic racism, and unconscious bias in San Luis Obispo County. It tells the stories of the minorities affected by it as well as the stories of those people working to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in this predominantly white community.


Presented by the Diversity Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, we investigate how businesses, community members, local schools, and government are navigating conversations of diversity, equity and inclusion and how community members can get involved and become allies in the fight for equality.

Listen now: Episode #1 | Episode #2 | Episode #3


Find it at sloequity.org and anywhere you listen to podcasts.

In Memoriam

Rudy Xavier - President Emeritus


Our Mission

The Coalition provides educational programs and resources to facilitate and advance the efforts of our affiliated individuals and organizations in order to promote and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion.