Like many others in our society, I’m mixed or “multiracial” if we’re being politically correct. However, Black History wasn’t something I was accustomed to as I grew up. I never got to know the black side of my background -- I had a deadbeat father and my very white mother, aunt and grandmother raised me collectively. So, as I grew up, my blackness wasn’t something I claimed entirely. It was more like the silent elephant in the room.
When I was still in school studying for my masters in tech management I was one of very few female students. During my time, the faculty was predominantly male, however, I found comfort in one of my professors, a female electrical engineer. This professor worked closely with the US Navy and was a total badass when it came to development, design and algorithms. A true role model who succeeded in areas that many others didn’t even try. A true inspiration in a time where female engineers were considered to be an urban myth.
As diversity and inclusion enthusiasts, we often look to the Diversity Heroes throughout history for guidance - those who paved the way with brave hearts and true ambition to create change in the world. Today specifically, we’re honoring Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most historically pivotal leaders in the Civil Rights Movement and a true catalyst for change. Dr. King’s work and mission has echoed loudly and provided a moral and ethical backbone so impactful initiatives could thrive today. And, that's how we do what we do.
Let’s be honest, we all know how difficult hiring can be. Going through the process of sourcing quality candidates and placement in open positions can lead to feelings of anguish and despair. That alone can drive a hiring manager mad and we haven’t even mentioned retention. Aside from sourcing, by the end of the hiring process companies are usually out a pretty penny and many times miss out on great talent that simply wasn’t handled in the right manner.
100 years ago, National Veterans Day was established to honor those who have served our country fearlessly, and historically stands in honor of the veterans of our past and present.
When Halloween comes around each year, the scariest thing that happens without a doubt, is appropriation. Over the years, we’ve seen things like Black Face, moccasins and headdresses, sombreros and hijabs, gypsy costumes and more all being worn inappropriately to celebrate the masquerading holiday. Underrepresented and misrepresented groups have been experiencing costume-based discrimination for centuries and yet it continues to show itself right on schedule.
Since being introduced to the public in the late 1920s, television has been a mirror to societal shifts. TV has provided an outlet for society to take a step forward, implement change and alter the course of events.