Gestures in Different Cultures

What we’ve been taught about respecting people, particularly those from different cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds just doesn’t work well for us today. We must consider each person as an individual and give respect based on what is important to him or her. For example, when greeting a person, Neal Semel explains that he waits… Read More »

How to Run a Multi-Cultural Meeting

(1) TIME: How should time be scheduled? For example, avoid prayer time, holidays or fast days? Minimize conflicts with major holidays and fast days. Check an interfaith calendar. Consider prayer times and schedule accommodations including break times as well as a place for people to pray. (2) COMMUNICATIONS: What are different communications “styles” that may… Read More »

Diversity Friendly Meeting Tips

Know your audience including their language, ethnic and religious backgrounds, genders, disabilities and ages. For example, if necessary, schedule breaks around prayer times. Make sure the aisles allow for mobility accessibility (space between aisles and tables.) Use names rather than pointing to people. Prepare for emergencies by testing routes prior to the meeting. Look for… Read More »

Overcoming Gender Barriers: Women Are Fighting Pirates and Firing Mortars Women are making inroads into formerly male-dominated occupations By Lisa Petrillo 3/21/2016

Overcoming Gender Barriers: Women Are Fighting Pirates and Firing Mortars Women are making inroads into formerly male-dominated occupations By Lisa Petrillo 3/21/2016 Permissions 2015 was the year women broke into two of the most powerful boys’ clubs in the world: the National Football League (NFL) and the race for the U.S. presidency. When the Arizona… Read More »

Reflections on Ferguson

The current rhetoric on social media, with very little factual information is a good place to start dialogue on the role of policing in social unrest and social media. I am not by any means the expert, or the go to person on the subject but, as an African American female with twenty six years… Read More »