Diversity Diva

Diversity Diva

Preventing a bad workplace environment takes work, tact, courage

Even in our modern workplace — well past Jim Crow, decades into employment law protection prohibiting discrimination — the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission still reported dozens of complaints regarding nooses in recent years. But what can one person do to prevent the sort of environment that would tolerate, let alone welcome, such an act?

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Progress toward workplace diversity can warp perception

Diversity is about positive strides forward, but not if we don’t know what we are walking toward and what concrete things stand in our way. Although things looked better — were better — when millennials were growing up, nothing in the past had really changed, and that past was still going a long way toward creating what we have right now.

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Careless labeling hurts — no matter which group is stereotyped

The increased, on-demand consumption of news means very little processing or filtering time exists before you express a reaction. Many times while we are sitting at our work desk. That’s left us often relying on lazy, knee-jerk words and images to describe people and situations — modern-day stereotypes used to reduce a matter to a quick and manageable bite.

Videos

Lightning may have caused this Overland Park house fire

Just after 4 a.m. Friday, Overland Park and Leawood firefighters were called to a house fire in the 8500 block of West 155th Street. All the home’s residents got out safely.
Overland Park Fire Department
Lightning may have caused this Overland Park house fire 0:38

Lightning may have caused this Overland Park house fire

Fire damages Lenexa apartment complex 1:18

Fire damages Lenexa apartment complex

Ten years later: Remembering Comair Flight 5191 7:33

Ten years later: Remembering Comair Flight 5191

At-risk youth build tiny house duplex for the homeless 1:30

At-risk youth build tiny house duplex for the homeless