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How Whites can talk about race…and why we need to: An intergenerational duo of White Women Reacts, Reflects and Acts (part I)

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By Susana Rinderle and Melissa Hahn (learn more about my smart, talented, passionate co-author on her website and LinkedIn) he Trayvon Martin incident in early 2012, the trial of his accused killer George Zimmerman in 2013, and the uproar following the “not guilty” verdict in July had a profound impact […]

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Hi, my name is Susana, I’m a “transcultural”

Identity, and identity labels, are a lifelong and very personal interest of mine. As a racially ambiguous, multilingual, culturally mixed person, I’ve called myself many things over the years. Learning the truth about my genetic heritage last year disturbed the newfound comfort of my emerging identity as multiracial. Words and […]

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Tips for Good White People*: Strategies for Improving Cross Cultural Communication (guest blog!)

[This week’s post is a guest appearance by my colleague Tama Seavey, Independent Consultant, who I met through my LinkedIn group, Diversity & Inclusiveness Hotline. Tama made some very insightful, compassionate comments there, so I invited her to share her voice on my blog. Enjoy, and please comment! ~Susana] Cross-cultural […]

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Tips for Good White People*: What You Might not Realize About the Trayvon Martin Case

The past is never dead. It’s not even past. ~William Faulkner Now is a critical juncture between overwhelm and apathy about the George Zimmerman trial and the “not guilty” verdict handed down on July 13th. Some of us have read so many articles, written so many online comments, and been […]

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TEDxABQ Women Takes Diversity and Inclusion Beyond Gender

Panels and podiums at industry conferences are often filled with White men. Some conference organizers struggle to put together a diverse slate of presenters while others may not even see the value of making the effort. A recent TEDxABQ Women event, held in Albuquerque, N.M this past December, illustrates the […]

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The Day After Trayvon: An Open Letter to African Americans from a White Ally

White allies

Since I got the news last night about Zimmerman’s “not guilty” verdict, all I can seem to do is clean my house and watch alien invasion movies where puny humans are toyed with and brutally dispatched by more advanced species. Both activities are therapeutic for me when I’m angry about […]

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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 […]

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