Representing the Underrepresented

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  Diversity | Diverse These words have lost their gravitas. Watered down and plastered on flyers, corporate websites, and as buzzwords on job descriptions, resumes and cover letters. The original meaning of diversity held hope that people who lacked diversity would start accepting people who are diverse in their companies, communities, and economics endeavors. However, […]

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A Miserable 4th of July

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When I was a kid, the 4thof July was the focal point of the summer. My uncle would take us to buy fireworks, although they were illegal within the city limits. It didn’t stop us or any of our neighbors. We would barbeque any and everything on the grill – as southerners we used charcoal […]

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Bigots – They’re Closer Than You Think

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I have, for years, taught discrimination and harassment prevention courses for employers large and small. And I have, for just as many years, spoke my mind to participants in these courses who laugh and joke about the content. “If you think this is funny, you’re part of the problem” has been the message time and […]

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Pleasantly Plump in HR

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Often wonder what goes through someone’s mind when meeting another business professional for the first time? Some might not while others may wonder about their own appearance, is there a stain on their shirt or food in their teeth. When you’re considered a plus sized individual, do you wonder if your attire fits you just […]

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Stephon Clark: The Clapback and Aftermath

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After Stephon Clark was shot at 20x by police who suspected him of breaking into vehicles in a Sacramento neighborhood. Faith Linthicum was fired from Kaieser Permanente after posting on her personal Facebook Page the following “Yeah but he (Stephen Clark) was running from the police jumping over fences and breaking in peoples houses… why run??!!! He […]

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The Resistance of American Women

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It’s March! This means we celebrate women in history. Through the US Congress’ designation in the late 80s, this month offers a special opportunity in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities to recognize and celebrate the often-overlooked achievements of American women.  I’ll honor seven women with this post by sharing with you their stories. Heidi […]

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Burning My Bra

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I’ve been trying to write about #MeToo and my own brand of feminism for several months – it hasn’t come easy to me and I think I figured out why: I was still caught in the mindset of “it’s just the way it is.” It’s just the way it is – because that’s the way […]

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