Colorblindness, Zuckerberg & Diversity and Inclusion

By |2016-05-12T07:58:53+00:00May 3rd, 2016|Diversity, Inclusion|

Our society is uncomfortable with difficult dialogues about race, stereotypes, and the salience of racial inequality and inequity. Beginning in our homes and migrating to our social spaces, faith-based institutions, city halls, schools and businesses, however, we need to talk about race and social justice. We need to engage in bold and sustainable dialogue that produces changes in our laws, curriculums, and corporate cultures. Our education and business leaders should play significant and visible roles in efforts to confront and eliminate racial stereotyping, exclusion, and the stagnation, joblessness, hopelessness, and violence they engender. Thank you, Mark Zuckerberg, for leading the way. Failing to follow his lead will put our all of our [...]

“Making America Great Again”: Diversity and Inclusion in an Age of Divisiveness

By |2016-05-12T08:00:16+00:00May 3rd, 2016|Diversity, Equity, Inclusion|

The world has heard much about “making America great again” of late, but more often than not, this message has been delivered in ways that do more to divide than unite us. The missive is usually fraught with racialized and xenophobic language that exploits ignorance and cultural incompetence, and inspires distrust and fear; fear of that and those which hold the most potential to lead us into new an more innovative era of harmony, productivity, competitiveness, and global leadership. Indeed, according to Sophia Kerby of the Center for American Progress, “as our nation becomes more diverse, it is crucial that institutions reflect this diversity. Our growing communities of color are America’s future, [...]

The Social Construction of Race and the Three C’s

By |2016-05-16T20:36:21+00:00May 3rd, 2016|Diversity|

Most diversity, equity, and inclusion consultants are good at defining these terms, drawing attention to homogenous educational and corporate cultures, and helping to build environments where diverse populations assimilate into a shared institutional “mission” and “vision.” However, our institutions still struggle with human multiplicity, especially in higher education and corporate American. This is due, in part, to our contemporary yet antiquated understanding of “difference,” particularly “race.” Institutions can formulate inspiring mission statements and visions, but this does not mean that they will be interpreted similarly. Individuals see the world through their unique ocular and cultural lens, and their distinct lens frames their observations and ignites, if they are appreciated and supported, or [...]