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Strategies to Build a More Inclusive Workplace Culture

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

In my last post, I shared reasons why it's important that inclusive cultures become the norm rather than the exception, both in corporations and the w...

Catholic Church: It's Not Me, It's You

Kathleen Ferraro | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion
Kathleen Ferraro

There is a certain voicelessness that I associate with my experience in Catholicism--sure, I can talk about gay rights, premarital sex or saving the environment, but I am often met with a dismissive response or the assumption that I'm going through a progressive phase.

Making an Inclusive Culture the Norm

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

A growing number of leaders have started to recognize that what worked for them in the past is no longer effective given today's realities. There's an "underlying force" that's causing organizations worldwide to rethink their approach to planning.

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a Diversity Problem

Ray Leach | Posted 02.18.2015 | Money
Ray Leach

As I stepped to the stage at the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson's 18th Annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit to be part of a panel discussion about the need for more diversity in the venture capital industry, it was not lost on me that I am a middle-aged white male and that everyone else on the panel was white as well.

You Can Sit With Us: Teens Make Sure No One Has to Eat Alone

David Kudler | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
David Kudler

When Regina George's gang turn on her in Mean Girls and say, "You can't sit with us," it's comedy. When it happens to a real teen, it's a tragedy -- and not just for that kid.

Comp Me, Baby, One More Time

Reina Gattuso | Posted 02.10.2015 | College
Reina Gattuso

The way we structure community here doesn't just affect us in this place, at this moment. It affects the kinds of powerful, scarily driven, sleep-deprived, sometimes demagogic people we as an institution are putting out into the world.

Diversifying Hollywood About More Than the Academy Awards

Brennon Marcano | Posted 01.29.2015 | Entertainment
Brennon Marcano

Though we call it "entertainment" what we see in movies and on TV drives the broader cultural conversation and has an important place in our society. Now, more than ever, it's important that women and people of color are a part of that exchange.

Who Am I to Judge. BTW, Your Love Is Bad

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Our love is not bad. Our love is not destroying the world. The most significant threat to the family is failure to recognize all families. If the Pope truly wants to reach out to the marginalized, he should truly open his arms to everyone.

MLK Day: Changed Attitudes, Mindsets and Practices for the Greater Good of Everyone

Gary Pieters | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices
Gary Pieters

King believed that "intelligence plus character ... is the goal of true education." In this respect, King in both word and deed demonstrated many of the character attributes that are essential to building and sustaining great communities.

Is the Gay Community Scaring Away Our Straight Allies?

Mason Hsieh | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

When one of my new straight-male friends asked if he could sit in on a QSA meeting, I immediately said yes and took him to a panel on LGBT dating, hoping to show him how cool the queer community is. The discussion was mostly civil, until my fledgling ally worked up the courage to ask one simple question.

Freedom of Speech Is Divine: Westboro Baptist, the Gay Christian Network and Paris

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

God placed humans in the Garden of Eden and gave them the right to agree or disagree. One of the primary ways that we express agreement or disagreement is through speech. The most divine thing that we do on any given day is express who we are and what we believe.

Why Corporations Need to Pay Attention to #BlackLivesMatter

Andres T. Tapia | Posted 01.12.2015 | Black Voices
Andres T. Tapia

While some may say that the issues between the police and low-income urban youth are too far removed from the corporate dynamics facing college-educated professionals of color, scratch the surface and there are significantly more psychosocial links than meet the eye.

When Being Trans Is Not Trans Enough

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Let us not forget that transgender is an umbrella that encompasses all persons whose authentic identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female genders and assigned gender at birth. Male and female are increasingly being presented as two distinct states, with nothing between.

Why Are Animals With Prosthetics Upworthy When People Aren't?

Liz Jackson | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Jackson

Have you ever noticed how quick we are to celebrate animals with prosthetics when there are so few Upworthy photos and videos of humans in the same situation? I decided to turn to two of my most animal-loving friends to get their thoughts.

The Dreaded Christmas Concert

Sue Robins | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Sue Robins

Planning for success is all about perspective: it is a kids' Christmas concert, not a Broadway show. I need to take my own advice: most of all, relax and enjoy -- your kid is awesome just the way they are.

I'm A Person With A Disability And My Body Is Not A Mistake

Kristin Duquette | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Kristin Duquette

But as inner turmoil may come and go, I've come to realize that my body is pure, specifically designed, and not left to be abandoned. That my body is a dimension of myself, and something of power and strength.

From Intention to Action: Five Ways to Build Diverse Leadership Teams

Scott Morgan | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business
Scott Morgan

Across industries, diverse leadership teams drive high performance. They make better decisions, improve financial outcomes, create a competitive edge, compete more effectively for talent, and reduce employee turnover.

Becoming Willing to Tell Our (Tragically) Unflattering but Still (Super) Effective Stories of Trans Allyship

Jean-Marie Navetta | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Jean-Marie Navetta

I've been asked to write about my own journey as a gay woman who is an out-and-proud trans ally, and I feel not brave but kind of useless. Let me explain.

The Future of Sport

Eli Wolff | Posted 01.31.2015 | Sports
Eli Wolff

The future of sport is going to involve athletes with and without disabilities competing in sports together. Sports traditionally designed for athletes with a disability present a tremendous opportunity to also open up to include all participants -- both those with or without a disability.

Why I Weep

Micaela Connery | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

I'm generally optimistic, fiercely patriotic, and idealistically hopeful. But today, today there is a heaviness. There's a feeling that our country is at a worrisome crossroads.

The Diversity Deficit

Sylvana Storey | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Sylvana Storey

Diversity is a concept that persists in the daily lexicon of the press and in the narrative of organizations. A concept akin to a green ant -- gently nipping away at the top layers of the skin and trying its very best to get to the core!

Stroller Shopping vs. Wheelchair Shopping

Liz Jackson | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Liz Jackson

Upon reading the definitions for "wheelchair" and for "stroller," I started to feel like they weren't really all that different. They are both described as chairs on wheels, just intended for different people.

Inclusion Gone Too Far: Cal State and InterVarsity 'Derecognition'

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

In the massive California State University system, as at some other universities, new anti-discrimination rules for student groups mean it can no longer be required that the president of the Christian student fellowship is Christian.

The Frightful Mask of Prejudice on Halloween

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

On Halloween we have the opportunity to interact with the Christ in our midst as we extend radical hospitality to our neighbors and strangers. Will Christ be allowed into our neighborhoods this Halloween?

Is it Really a New Year?

Jay Ruderman | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion
Jay Ruderman

In the High Holiday prayers we say, "May we all blend into one community to do Thy will with a whole heart." We can never be whole unless we are one community, with everyone having an equal seat around the table.