Taking a Knee, Reconsidered: Hear the “Ouch,” Offer the “Oops,” and Adjust

As someone who has done diversity and inclusion work for the majority of my career, I couldn’t be a bigger proponent of calling out injustice, uplifting marginalized voices, and standing as an ally for others. NFL’s Colin Kaepernick most certainly got my attention last summer when he began to do all of that, by kneeling … More Taking a Knee, Reconsidered: Hear the “Ouch,” Offer the “Oops,” and Adjust

Think. Be Smart. It’s Hard to Heal a Wrinkled Heart.

  There are some things you never, ever, forget.   No matter who you are or where you grew up, you can probably think back to a moment in time that someone said something that made you feel…less. Might have been a sibling. That’s a cruel, but understandable part of growing up. Could have been … More Think. Be Smart. It’s Hard to Heal a Wrinkled Heart.

Spirit Day…ENOUGH of the horrific statistics and tragic stories

Today is Spirit Day…no, this is not some new holiday Hallmark created just to sell more $8 cards that play an annoying music loop.  Spirit Day began in 2010 after a string of LGBTQ-youth took their lives due to bullying, which got a lot of media/public attention.  On Spirit Day people are asked to wear … More Spirit Day…ENOUGH of the horrific statistics and tragic stories

Did you really just say that?!

I recently facilitated a Diversity & Inclusion strategic planning session and kicked off the convening with a typical run through of ground-rules/safe-space/brave-space/call-them-what-you-want guidelines.  You likely know the drill… this is where participants are encouraged to use ‘I’ statements, respect confidentiality, step-forward/step-back, etc.  I always ask if participants want to offer any additional suggestions, and on … More Did you really just say that?!