Knowledge and Understanding

Anyone can google a concept. The trick is learning to apply it correctly. Diverse in the City™️ In one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes, New Yorker and comedian Jerry Seinfeld voices frustration when the rental car clerk acknowledges Jerry had a car rental reservation, but informs him they didn’t have the car he reserved: See, you know how to take the reservation, you just don’t … Continue reading Knowledge and Understanding

Critical Thinking

It’s always the right time to think for ourselves. Diverse in the City™️ Creative thinking, analytical thinking and critical thinking are different types of thinking that involve different processes and have different objectives. We likely engage in all three when seeking to understand a problem, find new solutions for it and decide on the best course of action. So what is critical thinking? I’ve noticed … Continue reading Critical Thinking

Authenticity and Inclusion

Who am I?  Always me.  But how much me, depends on thee. Margarita Diaz I’m always me. Wherever I go, whoever I’m with, I am always the same Margarita. Authentically, me. We use the word authenticity a lot lately, referring to being one’s true self. To me, this is as much about consistency as it is about honesty. If I’m being honest about who I … Continue reading Authenticity and Inclusion

Uncomfortable Conversations

We don’t need to have uncomfortable conversations. We need to have honest conversations. Diverse in the City™️ There is no doubt difficult conversations can be uncomfortable. I take issue with the recent mantra that we “need” to have “uncomfortable conversations.” I don’t know about you, but I’m more honest when discomfort isn’t a requirement. Even when all parties involved are equally open-minded, certain topics can … Continue reading Uncomfortable Conversations

Second Grader Wisdom

“I need a minute to sort out my brain.” My Second Grader What if I had said it instead of my second grader? What about if your least favorite person said it? We receive and value a statement differently depending on who said it. Authority Bias; Halo & Horn Effects I asked my son a question the other day and before answering, he paused, looked … Continue reading Second Grader Wisdom

I Am Latina Enough

We all might be a little too much for some and not enough for others, but most interesting to me is the “enough-ness” of our racial or cultural identities. I am Latina, half Puerto Rican and half Peruvian. Spanish is my first language and Latin music, particularly salsa music and dance, are my passions. I volunteer teaching salsa to elementary school kids to share this … Continue reading I Am Latina Enough

The Family Parrot

“So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.” Will Rogers How much of what really goes on in our homes would we feel comfortable exposing to the world? The craziness, the gossip, the candid conversations? Of course some aspects of life are just private, but if that privacy was breached, would we be able to stand by … Continue reading The Family Parrot

Seeing the Light

We don’t see the light by being beaten over the head with the lamp. Diverse in the City™️ When we seek to enlighten or persuade others to see things our way, blunt approaches aren’t the most effective. Even the most open-minded of us can be pretty tied to our beliefs, unless it’s an area in which we truly haven’t formed an opinion yet. So what … Continue reading Seeing the Light

Imagine

Imagine if we could talk about race the way we talk about cultures. 💭If we felt curiosity instead of indifference. 💭If we acknowledged more readily when something is foreign to us, rather than insist it’s the same. 💭If we got excited at finding out the similarities between us, rather than resentful that we even looked for them. 💭If we questioned why we use certain names … Continue reading Imagine

Country Love or Love of Country

This post was originally one of my responses to an expat challenge on Instagram. When I first saw the prompt, COUNTRY LOVE, I thought USA 🇺🇸. I appreciate my time abroad tremendously, but I love my country and there is no other place I would rather live. The U.S. is also my homeland, which makes my choice a patriotic one. This got me thinking about … Continue reading Country Love or Love of Country