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Autism and “being the other”

In a poignant article about his life as an “other,” Arturo Madrid talks about growing up in a small village in New Mexico, going on to graduate school at UCLA, and then teaching at Dartmouth College.  As a Mexican-American, he … Continue reading

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Stereotype Threat Hits Home

For a long time, I have been interested in the idea of stereotype threat, its causes and consequences, and what I can do as a professor to lessen or eliminate it among my students.  Stereotype threat, which refers to the … Continue reading

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A Different Baltimore

As a professor of sociology at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) for more than four decades, I was pained to see the unrest that engulfed parts of the city in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death.  Additionally, I was dismayed … Continue reading

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The Wilding Incident: A Teachable Moment

25 years ago, a so-called gang of “wilding” youth supposedly attacked a female jogger in New York City’s Central Park.  There were racial overtones, given that the female jogger was white and the attackers were minority teens, four Blacks and … Continue reading

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Media, Minorities, and “Scoundrels”

I wonder if some people with mental illness, and their families, hold their breath when they hear news break about a terrible crime or a mass killing, such as the one that recently took place in Newtown, Massachusetts.  If so, … Continue reading

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Young Diversity Champions

Too often, schools, places of worship, and parents abdicate the responsibility of teaching children to respect and value diversity in spite of research that shows the development of prejudices, stereotypes, and race-specific attitudes often predates kindergarten.  And it can be … Continue reading

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Displaying Diversity Unconsciousness on Halloween

Diversity and humor often don’t mix, especially when they are at someone else’s expense. But when we do this on Halloween, it is somehow OK, at least to some of us. While Halloween is a time of playful fun for … Continue reading

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“Group of the Month”

For those of you without “Diversity Calendars,” we are in the midst of National Hispanic Heritage Month.  Next month is Disability Awareness Month.  However, it is also Polish-American Heritage Month.  November is Native-American Heritage Month, followed by _______ month (please … Continue reading

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Whites Need Ethnic Studies Just as Much, if not More: Part Two

Recent research by Peter D. Hart Research Associates found that employers are most apt to look for employees who can team and collaborate with others in diverse group settings.  Next on the list is the ability of employees to possess … Continue reading

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What Organizations Can Learn About Diversity from the Jeremy Lin Story: Part One

In recent weeks, Jeremy Lin has been the subject of intense media coverage, both here and abroad.  In case you have somehow missed this remarkable story, Jeremy Lin was a virtual unknown a few weeks ago.  He now is an … Continue reading

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