Intersectionality

Here are three reasons equal pay doesn’t matter

Here are three reasons equal pay doesn’t matter Published September 21, 2022 It’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day in the United States.  But we can’t talk about equal pay without talking about equal advancement opportunities. If Black women (or any underestimated group) aren’t getting a job in the first place, there’s nothing to be equally compensated for.  …

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Nonnegotiable Career Advice for DEI (and everyone else too)

Nonnegotiable Career Advice for DEI (and everyone else too) Published August 17, 2022 My friend once asked, “why are you giving these people all of your brainpower?”  At the time, I was working myself to the bone in corporate. I said, “that’s how I am. If I do something, I’m going to do it well.” …

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Why it might be time to leave your DEI role

Why it might be time to leave your DEI role Published August 3, 2022 “I feel like I failed at my job,” said Sarah. She was stuck in the paradoxical position that a lot of people in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) roles are stuck in: it’s your job to make change, yet your hands are …

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Land of the free? Home of the brave?

Land of the free? Home of the brave? Published July 6, 2022 Independence Day didn’t feel celebratory this year.  And not just because the Supreme Court just ruled that women and people with uteruses don’t deserve human rights. It’s that, plus the threat to LGBTQ+ human rights, plus mass murder of children and elders with legal weapons, plus racism and white …

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Why I don’t “celebrate” Juneteenth

Why I don’t “celebrate” Juneteenth Published June 22, 2022 Not long ago, I was asked to give a Juneteenth talk. I said “no.”  Break it down:  I didn’t know what Juneteenth was until a few years ago. My parents grew up in Guyana, and our family didn’t move to the United States until I was …

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The performative BS that blocks meaningful progress

The performative BS that blocks meaningful progress Published June 8, 2022 I think it’s a bunch of performative BS. 😬 That’s my honest opinion on companies that overlay their logos with rainbows for Pride Month.  Does that sound harsh? Does it give you a twinge of defensiveness? Let’s talk about it.  Break it down:  Rainbow …

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When are you going to start leading?

When are you going to start leading? Published May 24, 2022 This newsletter is called Simply Diversity for a reason. Every other week, I provide reflections and actions that are easy to say, easy to write and easy to do.  Unless, perhaps, you are in a leadership role. Then, for some reason, these simple demonstrations of humanity …

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How labels hide the real data on diversity

How labels hide the real data on diversity Published May 11, 2022 AANHPI.  Do you know what that acronym stands for?  If you live in the United States, you might recognize it. Or, you might think, that looks a lot like AAPI. But if you don’t consume much media from the U.S., AANHPI is likely meaningless. AANHPI …

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What I DO NOT understand about DEI

What I DO NOT understand about DEI Published April 6, 2022 When comments like this come across my desk, I rarely feel surprise.  I hear some variation of “DEI is only an excuse to give people jobs because of their skin color and not because they earned them” all the time.  But something about this YouTube …

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What to do when someone calls out your unconscious bias 😬

What to do when someone calls out your unconscious bias 😬 Published March 23, 2022 What started as a post about a child being bullied at school turned into an unconscious bias lesson for the ages. Break it down:  Take a look at the post on the left. What do you assume about the child …

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