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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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We need a new understanding of loyalty to advance society

Susana Rinderle

Last month, there was a flurry of media attention on Matt Damon’s disrespectful response to Effie Brown’s input during “Project Greenlight”.  One of my colleagues in diversity and inclusion, a biracial White and African American woman, weighed in on her personal facebook page, calling Damon to task as she usually […]

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‘Not Judging’ Doesn’t Work: Mindful Discernment Does

Susana Rinderle

As a professional in diversity, inclusiveness and leadership, I often hear clients talk about “not judging” as a positive goal. I especially notice white people going out of their way to “not judge” others and to be perceived as nonjudgmental. As is sometimes the case with good people starting out […]

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We Will Not Be Deterred: Let’s Not Be Naïve

The summer of 2015 was truly historic — a snapshot of critical shifts and growing contrasts in American life. On one hand, we saw SCOTUS uphold the Affordable Care Act and legalize same sex marriage, Caitlyn Jenner bring the transgender conversation to more dinner tables, Bernie Sanders move corruption and […]

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Breaking Binaries: How to Partner Better with Allies

Last month, I wrote about why allyship is essential to advance the common good and creation of a world that works better for everyone. I described how allyship has been key to progress and social movements and how all of us can, and should be, allies to movements we (as […]

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Breaking Binaries: How to Be a Better Ally

In my last blog, I wrote about why allyship is essential to advance the common good and create a world that works better for everyone. I described how allyship has been key to progress and social movements, and how all of us can, and should be, allies to movements we as […]

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Breaking Binaries: Why Allyship Is Essential

It was three days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage. A transgender friend posted on Facebook: “WTF is with all y’all straight and cis folks making rainbow and trans flag profile pics? Don’t you already have everything else?” As a straight ally sporting my own celebratory profile […]

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Anger: A Powerful Force for Empathy and Change

Among Good People dedicated to social justice, progressive causes and personal growth, there is often a high value placed on self-awareness and authentic expression.  Being fully present, having feelings and being transparent about one’s experience and perspective are encouraged – at least that’s the intent.  However, I often find that […]

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Are You a Change Agent? Reason #4: Changing for the Wrong Reasons

What are the deep motivations driving you? What is at the very heart of your work? Sometimes I ask my clients “why?” to the point of irritation: Why is inclusion critical for your organization’s success? Why is fairness or equal opportunity something to strive for? Why do you want to […]

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Rachel Dolezal’s Transracial Deception: It’s Personal

For the last week, I’ve been unwillingly fixated on the Rachel Dolezal story. More people than normal have been asking my opinion and struggling with confusion. I’ve been struggling myself with writing this piece for days. Why? It’s personal. I could have been Rachel Dolezal. I am transcultural. Like Dolezal, […]

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