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Discrimination and National Autism Awareness Month

In a little over a week, we will begin “celebrating” National Autism Awareness Month.  We will highlight children who have made unbelievable progress in spite of their “limitations,” inclusion at schools and in the workplace, awareness and acceptance, and parents … Continue reading

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Quality Teaching in “The Hood”

For more than four decades, I taught predominantly African-American students in downtown Baltimore.  I also happen to be a white guy.  My students, who attended Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), were amongst the poorest in the state of Maryland.  Given … Continue reading

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One in One Hundred

In the fall of 1969, I was a junior at Colgate University.  At that time, Colgate was an all-male liberal arts college of some 2,000 students or so.  Given its rural, isolated location, meeting women was a challenge.  So my … Continue reading

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Do We Talk About Race Too Much?

My mentor, Ira Zepp, once said, “You need to examine race, and then move on, but you can’t move on too quickly.”  Presidential candidate Ben Carson, among many others in the public eye, would ask that we de-emphasize race and … Continue reading

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Diversity Training and Police: Ten Success Strategies Part I

As someone who has conducted training for police in the field of diversity, I am well aware of the challenge of doing this effectively.  Increasingly, attention is directed at “divides” in the U.S., including those that evolve around race, ethnicity, … Continue reading

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Diverse Classrooms and the “Diversity Gap”

This fall, for the first time in our nation’s history, most public-school students are not White.  Rather, data from the National Center for Education Statistics indicate Latinos, Blacks, American Indians, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and biracial students will account for … Continue reading

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Santa Claus and the Race Question at Indiana University

Recently, IU’s CommUNITY Education Program thought that it might be a good idea to pose the question, “Can Santa Claus Be a Black Man?”  So they created a big poster with this very question and placed it just inside a … Continue reading

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Women’s Colleges Still Needed?

Recently, I read an article that addressed the challenges confronting women’s colleges, including their declining enrollment nationwide.  A small, small fraction of prospective female college students are interested in a women’s college.  When I started attending college in the 1960s, … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Tolerance

Think back to those teachers and lifelong lessons that have stayed with you over the years.  Forty-three years ago, a teacher walked into her elementary school classroom with an unconventional lesson plan, to say the least.  She was teaching a … Continue reading

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Speaking With Authority Part III

After almost a month-long hiatus due to end of school year stuff (grading, exams, papers…) and family issues, ready to resume my blog. Initially, I raised the question, “What background, qualifications, and experiences prepare us to speak with authority on … Continue reading

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