The Damaging Politics of Polarization

Public comments by politicians can bring issues such as anti-immigration and racism to the forefront in a powerful way. It’s easy to have an emotional reaction, whatever ‘side’ they’re on. However, it may help to understand what’s happening in an objective manner by looking at it through the lens of an assessment tool I often... Read More

Hiding Behind Unconscious Bias

The recent admission by the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that law enforcement officers are racially biased has been rightfully described as “unusually candid.”  However, no-one has called James Comey’s remarks “original.” Comey, like so many before him, is calling for “honest and open conversations” about race and law enforcement. It seems after... Read More

The Dream Explodes

[caption id="attachment_733" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)[/caption] In his poem Dream Deferred, Langston Hughes asked:  "What happens to a dream deferred ?"  Sixty three years later, we have found an answer in Ferguson, Missouri. Some people say the anger of... Read More

The Great Diversity Divide

[caption id="attachment_665" align="aligncenter" width="660"] The Grand Canyon and the Colorado River[/caption] There’s an ongoing war of words between the anti-oppression, diversity and inclusion and intercultural competence camps. It can be nasty sometimes. All sides have the same goal of eliminating discrimination, racism and creating inclusive workplaces, but their approaches are very different. After attending an... Read More

Eliminating Racism

Today is the International Day for the Elimination  of Racial Discrimination.  It is an odd day indeed. Do we wish each other "happy racism elimination day" or do we  express "condolences"? In 1966 the United Nations designated March 21 to commemorate the policing killing of 69 people (mostly unarmed students) at a peaceful demonstration against the... Read More

Diversity Disconnect

For many people the word "diversity" is an honourific term that denotes positive things in the workplace, on teams or in neighbourhoods: including more creativity, more innovation, less group-think and better problem-solving abilities. And for the most part they are right. Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of having diverse perspectives and backgrounds in organizations.... Read More

Coaching for Cultural Competence

Cultural Competence is a key performance attribute of successful organizations and will become increasingly important in the future.  Coaching is the skill to make sure that your team consistently communicate and reinforce this agenda. DiversiPro has developed a program that includes both parts of the equation in one package – the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)... Read More