Tips for Good White People*: “How come they can say n—-r to each other, but I can’t say it?”

The recent uproar over popular southern food queen Paula Deen’s admitted use of the word “nigger” (yes, let’s trying saying it out loud — calling it “the N-word” doesn’t necessarily make it less painful or less powerful) has revived a common point of contention or confusion among White people: How come Paula Deen or I…

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The Greatest Threat to D&I: Binary Thinking

One of the most sinister and ongoing threats to D&I progress may not be what you think. It’s not lack of funding, lack of senior leadership buy-in, discrimination, hate groups or a particular political party. It’s binary thinking. Binary thinking is a way of organizing thoughts, and seeing the world, as either-or; either one thing…

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A New Conversation about Diversity…That Gets Results!

Would you like to talk about diversity? How about race? Social determinants of health? In some arenas like social justice and public health, these are usually not just safe topics, but ones we want to dive right into, head first! But how do you find others outside of these arenas react to topics like “diversity”…

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Interculturalism vs. Diversity: Why Both Are Critical to D&I Success

Do you know the difference between diversity and interculturalism? Do you know why you should? The answer to the second question is that wisdom from both fields is critical to the superior success of any D&I initiative, program or training, but few organizations or consulting firms draw on both. The first step to changing this…

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Guilt is good, Shame is not!

One of the reasons I believe the “diversity conversation” hasn’t gotten farther in the last 30 years is fear. I believe that fear comes from people’s negative experiences in the past with “diversity conversations”, and from anticipating negative experiences in the future if we find ourselves having those conversations. I’ve noticed that the heart of…

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