Yesterday Starbucks closed most of its stores in the USA to provide anti-bias training for their staff. This was part of their response to the incident at one of their locations in Philadelphia where the police were called and two Black men were arrested as they waited for their friend. Starbucks … [Continue reading] Starbucks and Anti-Bias Training
Yes, I admit it! I watched parts of the Royal Wedding on the weekend. I wasn’t planning to, but then the thought of showing my 5-year-old a non-white princess got the better of me at 8pm. And I heard the commotion about the sermon by “the Black preacher”, so I had to watch. I was inspired by … [Continue reading] The Royal Wedding, Diversity, and Inclusion
I recently participated in a city tour of Toronto run by Peter Odle – a friend and colleague of mine (check out UrbanExpeditions.com). It was fabulous and I saw parts of the city I have never seen before, in addition to learning a lot about the city’s history. (By the way, Peter and I are running an … [Continue reading] “No Homo”…?!
Last week I was honoured to be part of the Pride@Work Workplace Summit 2018. Pride@Work is an organization dedicated to “building a nation where LGBTQ+ Canadians can achieve their full potential at work.” Why is Intersectionality Important? At the Summit, I moderated a panel about … [Continue reading] Intersectionality and LGBTQ+ Inclusion
Yesterday, a story ran in the Globe and Mail about an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruling for a restaurant to pay a Black man $10,000.00 in compensation. He and his (Black) friends were asked to prepay for their food. You can read the article here. It’s more evidence of anti-Black racism in … [Continue reading] What Does Anti-Black Racism Look Like?
Two weekends ago I was in Owen Sound Ontario (yes, in the snowstorm!) attending a workshop called The Mastery of Self Expression. It’s an amazing few days of getting to know ourselves better and challenging ourselves to be more of who we are. One of the things we talked a lot about over the … [Continue reading] What do you think you know?
In the wake of last week’s events where two Black men were arrested for hanging around a Starbucks while waiting for a friend, Starbucks has announced it will be closing 8,000 stores in the USA to offer anti-bias training. That equals about 175,000 employees. When you do the math, that’s a fairly … [Continue reading] Starbucks Anti-Bias Training – the tip of the iceberg
The cover of my journal says Perfect is Boring. I was at a workshop when I picked it, and the message has spoken to me many times since, in different ways. Today, it struck me as an important point when talking about the work of diversity and inclusion. Sometimes we don't know what to … [Continue reading] Perfect is Boring
I happened to be listening to G98 on the radio this weekend, and I caught an interview with Jully Black – the Canadian R&B singer. The topic was the Canada Reads and how it got “heated” between Jully Black and Jeanne Beker in the final episode. They played it on the radio, and I have since … [Continue reading] The Impact of Discomfort
Something a little different this week... I’ve been taking an improv class at Bad Dog Theatre company in Toronto. While I signed up for an 8-week course on the art of Improvisation, every week I am also learning a little more about myself, relationships, and emotion. And...inclusion! Warm-up … [Continue reading] What Improv is Teaching me about Inclusion