I recently had the opportunity to work with MBA students again this past month.It's a team building program my colleague runs at the beginning of the term, and it wisely includes a diversity session.We use that session as an opportunity to challenge assumptions and recognize our lenses, which is … [Continue reading] What’s in a name?
If you live in the Toronto area, Happy Pride Week! The rainbow flag is everywhere - a great opening to talk about LGBTQ issues. Even sweeter this week is the US Supreme Court's ruling on same sex marriage - making it legal in 13 US states and DC. There are 30+ states in which it is still illegal, … [Continue reading] Happy Pride Week!
Having blogged about the Biracial Cheerios ad, I thought it would be fitting to share the parody video.I think it speaks for itself.See more.Copyright 2013 Annemarie Shrouderwww.beeing.caAuthor, Speaker and Facilitator on issues of Diversity and Inclusion. … [Continue reading] Cheerios Parody – food for thought
About a week ago I read part of an article in the newspaper (which I can no longer find, sadly) about a restaurant owner who had made the decision to serve Halal meat in his establishment. He is not Muslim. But there are members of the Islamic community who live in the area of his restaurant, and … [Continue reading] A Great Example of Inclusion
If you're not a TV watcher, you may have missed the new Cheerios ad that is causing quite a stir. It features a biracial kid and her white mom and black dad - gasp! I would have loved to see ads like this when I was a kid - ads that showed a family that looked like mine. Never mind, I would love to … [Continue reading] Biracial Cheerios…?
Last week I did a D&I workshop for TAVA (Toronto Association for Volunteer Administrators). The focus was on managing a diverse group of volunteers with an eye to inclusion. It was a great group. One of the participants brought up a point that I hear often - that she focuses on the similarities … [Continue reading] The Similarities and Differences of Diversity
The recent census data is out. I'm sitting on my living room floor with the newspaper spread out all around me. There is so much I want to write about, I think I will have to dedicate a few posts to this topic. For today, two first impressions to provide some food for thought: - It strikes me as … [Continue reading] Considering the Canadian Census – part 1
Of course this week I have to write about Jason Collins. If you missed it, he is the first gay athlete to come out while playing. He is in the NBA and is now a free agent. His article in Sports Illustrated made me smile. It’s nice to hear someone talk about wanting to be authentic, how sharing more … [Continue reading] Coming out in Sports
One of the things that I hear about a lot working with organizations is how difficult religious accommodation feels. Passover begins next week and in the spirit of things, I thought I'd share a success story that I just heard about. B&H is a photo, video and audio company in the USA. They have … [Continue reading] Religious Accommodation
Ah Black History Month.... I have just returned from a vacation in Barbados with my family. There is an election going on and one of the newspaper articles while we were there was about why there were no White people running this time. In contrast, on our first day back I was listening to G98 on … [Continue reading] A Black History Month Insight