Bubbe’s Chicken Soup vs. Vó’s Brazilian Cha to Cure the Common Cold

Aside from the fact that Lucca’s Jewish maternal grandma is a vegan animal rights activist (which is a whole cultural group in it’s own), “bubbe’s” chicken soup has been trumped by avó’s (Grandma in Portuguese, for Lucca’s paternal grandma) Brazilian cha (tea), simply because it works better to fend off the common cold, or flu,…

Need for diversity and inclusion, implicit bias training with Police Departments

Cultural competence is defined as “the ability of individuals and systems to respond effectively and respectfully to all people in a manner that recognizes, affirms, values and preserves the dignity of each individual.” And while many may in theory aspire to this, changing national demographics, differences in communication styles and expression of values, as influenced…

3 Tips to Help the Reluctant (aka Nervous) Networker

I volunteered to man the water table at International Night at my son’s school the other night.  I joined the other parents lingering back behind the self-serve station.  For fun, I decided to spell “SAA” (acronym for the Science and Arts Academy) with the water bottles, and ‘voila!’, the quiet water station became a spark…