Diversity Diva

The passing year provided many lessons about diversity

As we look at a year almost over, we usually look at the forks in the road to determine what different routes we could have taken. When looking at national events, and thinking about diversity lessons to learn, there usually are many significant opportunities. A few observations and suggestions based on how 2014 presented itself.

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Racial tensions, callous reactions an unnerving mix

Usually this column tries to give pragmatic, fair advice on how to deal with differences in the workplace. But these days my heart is heavy and my mind is clouded with the pains I see in our society as we clash. And clash hard. So I’d like to share some more personal thoughts on what these days look like from my vantage point. If there is any advice in it, maybe it’s just hearing someone else’s vulnerabilities.

Diversity Diva

For workplace peace, leave politics at the voting booth

Discrimination and harassment lawsuits based on illegal activity — as opposed to inadvisable behavior — are almost always based partly on conversations people were having in the workplace. People do a lot of talking at work. Here are a few tips to keep Election Day in the workplace from sounding like an annoying political commercial.

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Geographic stereotyping has its own pitfalls

It can put down a neighborhood, a state or a whole region, but it all boils down to the same thing — people who think they can make decisions about others based on the address their utility bills go to. In some cases, the comments based on address also can be code for something else.

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