Being White in a Black Majority and Calling Out Unconscious Bias

This post has been brewing in me ever since I spoke at the kick-off meeting for the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of African American Human Resources Professionals last month, entitled “Let the Power of Diversity Work for Your Business,” that talked about diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage in a global economy,…

Activities to teach 5 year olds to stand up against prejudice and institutional bias, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

5-years-old seems really young to explain to a child about racism, prejudice, inclusion and exclusion.  Yet we know that even at that tender age our kids are already barraged by images and messages on TV and media and have possibly already experienced being left out or made fun of for being different themselves. Just ask…

Home for the Holidays: Why Diversity & Inclusion are Easier at Work than at Home

There was a story on NPR last month that showed that despite sharing the same genes, siblings can be completely foreign to each other from a personality perspective.  Not only do they share the same culture, they come from the same gosh darn family….and still sometimes can’t get along.  You’d think applying some of the…

Multicultural Kids…the New “Just Say No?”

A teaching moment arose the other day, where I was able to point out to Dillon the multicultural perspective on a particular show we were watching. “Awww, do we have to do the multicultural thing?” he asked.   It was as though he thought I was just sermonizing on “the right thing to do.”  Oh my…