In Celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

2020-05-28T13:01:13-04:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

  Have you ever been to a city that has a ChinaTown?  I remember visiting San Francisco for a business conference and walking through ChinaTown.  I was in awe of the architectural design of the buildings, the great smells of food and that the ethnic enclave was in the heart of the city.  Ethnic enclaves are composed of people typically of the same ethnicity, similar cultures and often languages living in close proximity to each [...]

The Centinel of the 19th Amendment: Celebrating Women’s History Month

2020-03-24T12:42:56-04:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

This is the 100th year of women gaining their right to vote with the passage of the 19th amendment. Imagine being a girl or a woman before 1920 and not having the right to vote, partake in political commentary and have people make decisions for you without regard to your input? That is what it was like for American women until the passage of the 19th amendment, which took place on August 18, 1920. As we celebrate Women’s [...]

Why do we have a Black History Month in America?

2020-02-05T12:09:03-05:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |

When I worked as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director I had a Caucasian student question an African American (Black) student about why we have Black History Month.  The first student (Caucasian) asked the other how he would feel if we had a “White History Month?”  As the African American student relayed the information to me, I thought, wow, is student number one serious, do they not understand why there is a need for “Black [...]

November is National Native American Heritage Month

2019-11-08T06:46:52-05:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Imagine being torn away from your family and placed with people you don’t know and who don’t necessarily even speak the same language as you?  That is what happened to Indigenous (Native) children beginning in 1860.  Our indigenous brothers and sisters have gone through hell and back all in the name of making them assimilate into a culture that was not one of their own choosing.  Children were taken from their parents and often placed [...]

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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