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Eliminating What’s ‘Offensive’ Isn’t the Goal of an Inclusive Workplace

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There’s good news and bad news about our current preoccupation with eliminating offensive language and behaviors from the workplace. The good news is that the feelings and experiences of a wider swath of humanity matter more now. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants and folks with disabilities are no […]

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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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Ever Been Accused of Being an Activist With an Agenda?

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Being a change agent is hard. Being an organizational diversity and inclusion change agent can be extra hard because diversity and inclusiveness is often seen as a liberal agenda.  As a former D&I change agent inside an organization, many of whose seniors leaders were not only politically conservative but intellectually […]

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“No labels” is Part of the Problem

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American rapper and activist Prince Ea’s spoken-word piece “I Am NOT Black, You Are NOT White” is a gorgeous work of art with a powerful message: We are not our labels. We are not the terms that society assigns us. Who we truly are is deeper than how we look. […]

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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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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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Women, Stop Apologizing So Much

I notice it most when I’m traveling for business. Whether it’s navigating airport security, negotiating a crowd of wanderers, ordering food, squeezing into an airplane seat, accessing the overhead bin, or trying to pass a slow walker on the ramp when deboarding, women are constantly apologizing. I hear “sorry” in […]

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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 Raven-Symoné’s Label Rejection Isn’t a Sign of Progress

Much has been made of actress Raven-Symoné’s recent comments to Oprah about her identity. In an interview initiated by her public coming out in a tweet grateful for the U.S. Supreme Court’s support of same sex marriage, she said that while she is in a relationship with a woman, she […]

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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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