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…

Gray Meets Brown: Older Whites and Young Diversity Boon for Intercultural Communications

  I saw an ad on late nite TV last night for a pharmaceutical promoted as critical to help men’s health as they age.  The patient was an older white man, and the doctor (also a man) was African American. According to a recent article by Ronald Brownstein in the National Journal Magazine, “The Gray…

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…

Intercultural Communications, Engagement and Inclusion as seen through Music

  I caught this version of Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” on the radio today, that she did with Eric Clapton, and it was great.  Her sultry tones complemented by his distinctive blues guitar were wonderful.  Each was able to bring her/his unique style to the table to produce a fantastic product in a spirit…

Why Anthropology?

The “olden days” of diversity training started with “the other.” It assumed a majority culture norm, and defined everyone else in contrast to the norm. “This group behaves this way. This group behaves that way.”  The anthropological approach gives each group ‘hegemony,’ the power to exist in its own right. It recognizes the inherent value…

Hugs and Handshakes and US Business Culture Norms

It’s funny that after presenting a workshop on communication styles, I’m obsessing about my communication style.  I think it’s because I’m more aware now that I’m an “emotive-intuitive” communicator (I speak passionately about things I believe in and like to throw out big ideas as they come to me) and the “norm” for the business…

Business Case for Diversity, c-e-o Networking and Diversity Workshop: Conscious vs Sub-conscious Review

The short version of this post is a summary of the workshop I presented today at the C-E-O conference for collegiate entrepreneurs in Chicago.  One person who arrived at the end had asked if there was anywhere to capture the information in the 50 minute workshop.  So, here is the “objective” short version: We covered the “Why”…