27 Mar 2020

Riding into Headwinds – A Conversation About Diversity
Connect with people that are not like you, so that you can be more aware of what their life is like so you don’t miss them! Vernā teaches us that we must notice difference in order to create opportunities and move diversity forward. We have to notice who isn’t included at the table so that we can make room for them at the table. She teaches “difference conscious” and “differ...

12 Oct 2017

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Today was a big day! It was National Coming Out Day. It was the International Day of the Girl Child. It was also the day more and more women came out of the woodwork to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. I also realized that today is Wednesday, the day I pray for the girls/young women in my family. Every Wednesday, I pray for my nieces and great nieces and all t...

18 Nov 2016

If You Voted For Trump
By Vernā Myers. As a diversity and inclusion specialist who preaches the importance of understanding the perspectives of others, I started talking to a number of you who voted for President-elect Trump last week. Truthfully, I was humbled by Hillary Clinton’s defeat, and it kindled a curiosity in me about the nature of Trump’s supporters. Why would good people throw in with a man who ...

26 Oct 2016

American Election 2016
No matter where you turn, the news can be maddening. This election cycle has been the source of great distress for many: name-calling, taunts about a rigged system and media bias, constant Wiki-leaking, coded and outright declarations of racist and sexist ideologies, divisive language and targeting of immigrants and religious minorities. And this unreal circus is being conducted on a ver...

11 Nov 2015

A Crisis of Leadership at MIZZOU
I had mixed feelings as I watched University of Missouri President, Tim Wolfe, stand before the cameras and deliver his mild mannered mea culpa and ultimate resignation. I was glad that finally someone this high up was being made to account for an institution’s failure to listen to and take seriously the concerns of their black students. But President Wolfe’s lowered head, his measured a...

09 Nov 2015

Are Horrific Viral Videos
When the latest horrific act of excessive, out of control violence by a police officer against a young black girl at Spring Valley High School hit CNN and the social media loops, did you think about withdrawing from the fight, exhausted and overwhelmed by it all? Did you want to distance yourself from the pain and anger? Or did you ask yourself how you would have been able to deal with t...