All posts tagged: diversity

Why Connect?

Originally posted on PRinspires:
One of Project Reverso, Inc.’s tenets is Connecting Communities, and sometimes we’re reminded of the importance of making a concerted effort to do so. But at times it can be difficult to find real-life ways to connect with others from other communities. Over the last few years I’ve personally made a commitment to be as uncomfortable as possible by stepping outside of the comforts of my own cultural status quo. By going on multiple service trips abroad to intentionally reaching out to persons in the LGBTQ community to become friends I’ve gained perspectives that I would have otherwise never had. This summer and fall semester I took the opportunity to host two English learning foreign exchange students; one this summer from Colombia and this fall from Japan.  Under what other circumstances would I have the opportunity to live with individuals from cultures and communities that are polar opposites from that in which I grew up in? One student even admitted to being afraid once he realized that I wasn’t a white male…

The Value in Diversity Visits

Originally posted on Applying While Black:
I have always defined diversity weekends as “mechanisms to trick prospectives/admits that an institution has more black people than it actually does.” Others have defined it as opportunities to “experience underrepresented communities at particular institutions.” Regardless, we attend to complete our touch points with respected institutions in addition to see if they pass our black test. You know the black test? It’s where you go and see “is this school black enough?” But what you may not realize is that these business schools are excellent students and have been preparing for your black test for months. I remember dialogue being initiated in June (three months prior) on the content of programming, lodging arrangements, and the structure of the two days. When test day comes, most schools do a decent job of keeping the pervasive conservatism in the closet. How so? Well for one, internally (students/residents of the MBA program), the diversity weekend isn’t marketed that well and a lot of the times, its just something Blacks, Hispanics, LGBT, and…

An Open Letter to Everyone

Originally posted on Black Millennials:
I am deeply in Love with Black People. And that makes me dangerous. My Love for Black People is not like regular love. My Love isn’t like the love I have for Harry Potter, hot sauce, or beer. My Love for Black People is something else entirely — rooted in an ancestral well of cultural traditions and decentralized mythologies that I will never have the capacity to holistically understand. My Love for Black People is a Love that I can’t, in this moment, explore with brevity, thoroughness, or accuracy. My Love for Black People comes from my Love of Blackness. Where whiteness is a system of destruction, Blackness is a celestial spirit of Connection, Resiliency, Resistance, Majesty, Artistry, and overall Cultural Craftsmanship. Blackness does not need whiteness for its ethereal existence, and thrives in spite of it. Whiteness relies on Blackness for its survival. Ironically, as Blackness thrives in its innovation and adaptation, whiteness adapts to encroach upon it. Whiteness takes the parts of Blackness that can be manufactured and…