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Forging Forward: The ‘How’ to Shifting Mindsets

Forge Forward. To make progress with something, be it quickly or slowly and steadily.  I’ve never understood why the human responses of potential negative connotation receive so much more attention. You know what I’m referring to . . . the instinct to fight, flight, or freeze. What about forging forward?  To better understand the option …

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vulnerability. The quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.  Panicked is an understatement, I could feel my face reddening as I wished myself invincible. From head to toe my body filled with adrenaline. My mind, my mind was spiraling in a wave of embarrassment.  …

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normalization. A tactic used to desensitize an individual to inappropriate behaviors. A manipulation of another human being to get them to agree to, or accept something that is in conflict with the law, social norms or their own basic code of behavior.  Have you ever noticed how we throw words around and everyone alters the initial …

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diversity erasure

diversity erasure. This approach focuses on de-emphasizing differences (Wolso et al., 2000; Apfelbaum et al., 2012). Often seen as denial of differences by emphasizing sameness.  After speaking at a conference for higher education professionals, a conference attendee reached out to me to thank me for what I had said. Specifically, for mentioning that there is a …

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rationalization. Some ideas about diversity emphasize the uniqueness and potential in each individual and posit that all differences across individuals count the same as long as they are “true to themselves.” The disconnect is that people often adjust their beliefs and desires to match concocted ones. It’s about how we transfer information between the different kinds …

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deficit view

deficit view. A view that individuals from some cultural groups lack the ability to achieve just because of their cultural background. There’s an underlying belief that the other culture is deficient in important ways from the dominant group. We are all called to contribute to the world around us. Read on for this reminder that we …

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