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Doing Diversity Right

Let’s Get it Right: Bigotry is Not Racism

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The word “racist” is getting a lot of air time lately.  From Donald Trump to Black Lives Matter and the latest police shooting of an unarmed Black man, accusations of racism abound.  But there’s an important distinction missing from these accusations that’s keeping us stuck and stoking anger: bigotry is […]

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6 Reasons Why “All Lives Matter” Is Neither Fair Nor Helpful

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One week: Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Dallas.  Finally, the number of White people moved to action against racism is reaching a tipping point, yet tired clichés like “violence isn’t the answer” and “we must unite” threaten to keep us stuck.  “All Lives Matter” is perhaps the kindest and least helpful […]

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Strategically Increasing Diversity vs. “We’re Too White”

One of the many positive effects of #BlackLivesMatter and the broader visibility of police violence against black people in the U.S. is an increased motivation among white people and their organizations to do something. I recently had yet another conversation with an organizational leader about “doing something,” specifically “increasing our […]

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6 Reasons to Not Say “Caucasian”

Much has been made about how to refer to members of racial and ethnic groups of color in the United States — even how to refer to people in color in general. I myself have researched and written quite a bit on what to “call” Hispanics/Latinos and why. Yet very […]

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Why Cultural Sensitivity Training Is Ineffective and Insensitive

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Lately I’ve been getting inquiries about doing cultural sensitivity training. Such requests usually rub me the wrong way and prompt my curiosity. What’s underneath is usually benign and sometimes inspiring, but requires some education and exploration. “Cultural sensitivity” rubs the wrong way because it’s ineffective, and even insensitive.  There are […]

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3 Surprising Reasons Diversity Training Fails

One of the most common requests that companies like mine receive from organizations is to do training. When done right and well, training increases knowledge, builds awareness and teaches effective behaviors. When done wrong or poorly, training is a waste of money at best, and harmful at worst. To be […]

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5 Steps for a High-Nutrient, Lean D&I Training Program

Susana Rinderle

Training is usually a staple in an organization’s diversity and inclusiveness diet. However, many fill their plates with generous servings of training that are nutrient-poor and high in empty calories. Ensure your organization feasts upon high-nutrient, lean training programs that provide an excellent return on investment by following these critical […]

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Six Commandments for D&I Leadership Success

Susana Rinderle

One of the tragedies of the diversity & inclusion (D&I) field is how quickly D&I professionals burn out, often right when their efforts are about to pay off.  D&I work is challenging, and can often be lonely.  Set yourself and your team up for success by following these six commandments […]

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7 Questions to Assess D&I Readiness: Is now the right time for your organization?

Susana Rinderle

Picture this: You’re personally committed to diversity and inclusiveness. You have a few allies in the C-suite. You’ve just returned from an eye-opening, inspiring conference with the fervor of the converted, eager to report back to the CEO who sent you there. You’re ready to hit the ground running and […]

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Diversity Problem, Communication Issue or Leadership Gap?

As an independent practitioner in diversity and inclusiveness and effective communication, I get a variety of calls. Some come from organizations that have a “diversity problem,” while others have a “communication issue.” I always do some assessment to uncover the root cause, and it’s not always what the client thinks. […]

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