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My TEDx Jacksonville Experience

2019-11-22T18:22:05-05:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Speaking|Tags: , , |

This past Saturday, October 19th, 2019 I along with several other amazing insightful human beings had an opportunity to share our ideas with the Jacksonville community.  The theme for TEDx Jacksonville 2019 was POP-while just one word, it entails so much more.  Topics included: Prison reform, the correlation between illiteracy rates and prison populations, building community identity, taking a seat at the political table, planting hope and many more.  All the talks recognized that we [...]

The Case for Cluster Hiring to Diversify Your Faculty by Carla Freeman

2019-11-08T06:43:45-05:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

The numbers are striking: Within just three years, the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University has more than tripled the proportion of faculty hires from underrepresented minority groups. How? We took many steps, but a key one was the increasingly popular, yet controversial, strategy of "cluster hiring." As a new hiring season gets underway across academe, we all are determined to diversify our faculties — both to meet student needs and to better [...]

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Hispanic Heritage Month

2019-11-06T06:40:11-05:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Diversity Celebrations|

Did you know that Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15-October 15?  Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the great diversity within the Hispanic community and to recognize the contributions they have made to our culture and country.  All too often I hear people speak of the Hispanic community as if they are monolithic, but the reality is, they are very diverse just like any other group.  Considering that our Hispanic population is [...]

Tammy L. Hodo, PhD – Where I’m from AND why it matters

2019-12-13T07:37:46-05:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

I am from Miller, Budweiser and Pabst, from the Great Lakes. I am a Midwesterner and have an appreciation of fresh water.  I am from tuna fish casserole, baked fish and homemade quiche.  I am from a woman who was disowned by her family because she fell in love with someone who didn’t resemble her family.  Whose bland food I remember as if I was eating it now and cooking it on my own.  Whose [...]

The Significance of Juneteenth Day to African Americans

2019-11-06T06:41:46-05:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Diversity Celebrations|

The 4th of July is right around the corner.  We will be celebrating our (America’s) independence from Britain, which is a major accomplishment considering we had to fight a war (Revolutionary) for America to gain its independence.  The thirteen colonies experienced taxation without representation, which was one of the driving forces behind the beginning of the War. Many considered harsh taxes through the Sugar and Stamp Act just to name a couple as justification for [...]

Personal Bias versus Institutional Racism

2019-11-06T06:42:19-05:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

Recently most people, to include myself, became aware of a racial bias allegation against Sephora, a beauty store chain, which sells multiple products for skincare and hair.  SZA, a Grammy nominated singer, tweeted about an incident in a California Sephora, where an employee called security on her because she wanted to ensure that she wasn’t stealing items.  This allegation shows how profiling certain people and making assumptions based on race, ethnicity, sexual identity or sex [...]

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