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What Makes Someone Latinx? Identity, Part 2

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Camila and Susana are two Latinx professional women.  Also, they are not Latinx – there is more to them than meets the eye or ear.  Camila grew up in Buenos Aires with an Argentinian mom and a Guatemalan dad, but as the Jewish granddaughter of European immigrants, she feels most connected to […]

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What Makes Someone Latinx? It’s More Than Just DNA

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Camila, a successful professional, grew up in Buenos Aires with an Argentinian mom and a Guatemalan dad. Her native language is Spanish, and she dances tango and sips yerba mate. But when asked about her cultural identity, “Latina” is not her first answer. “Because my grandparents are European Jews who […]

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Should White People Do Diversity Work?

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As a multilingual, culturally and racially ambiguous woman who’s been doing some form of diversity work for almost 25 years, I occasionally find myself having awkward conversations with potential clients about my identity. These conversations involve questions like, “Are you diverse?” or “Wait, you’re White?” or statements like “Thank you, […]

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Insensitivity, Entitlement, and Guilt: What Gaining Privilege Taught Me About Privilege

One of the reasons we love hero stories is because we see ourselves as The Hero. We are The Good Guys, destroying evil and vanquishing our enemies, The Bad Guys.  But who are The Villains if we’re all heroes? We are.  We all are. Or we could be. There’s good […]

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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 Treating Others With ‘Respect and Dignity’ Doesn’t Work

Susana Rinderle

My last blog post, “Why Cultural Sensitivity Training Is Ineffective and Insensitive,” got more attention on social media than my typical Diversity Executive posts. One of the feedback themes was “How about treating everyone with respect and dignity?” It troubles me that such comments all came from D&I or intercultural […]

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Cultural Competence: What’s in a Name?

Some believe that words are mere descriptors of reality, but there is evidence that words also create reality. Scholars such as Benjamin Lee Whorf, and more recently George Lakoff and Lera Boroditsky, (also here) make a compelling case for the power of language to actually shape our experience, thoughts and […]

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