Coming Together

And just like for an instance, all his life is just folding in on itself and it’s obvious to him that time is a lie, that it’s all happening all the time and inside every moment is another moment, all . . . you know, happening simultaneously. Jesse, Before Sunset I earned my bachelors degree from Columbia College, Columbia University.  Recently, we visited the campus … Continue reading Coming Together

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

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

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

We Are All Different

“Every single one of us is different.” Brad MeltzerFrom the children’s book, “I Am Albert Einstein” As a child, I attended seven (7) different elementary schools before “settling down.” My parents’ journey to provide the best for us involved a few moves, but I had a beautiful childhood filled with love and life-experience lessons on resilience. Some of these lessons involved always being “the new … Continue reading We Are All Different

To See Life As It Should Be

“Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is, and not as it should be.” Miguel de Cervantes This quote (my favorite) from Don Quixote has been cited, paraphrased and adapted countless times. Is it crazy to see the world as we would like to see it, or crazier to insist on seeing it “as it is”? Our … Continue reading To See Life As It Should Be

A Few Words on Biases

Implicit biases affect not just what we do and say, but also what we hear. Diverse in the City™️ Implicit or unconscious biases affect not just what we do, say and perceive about others, but also how we hear and perceive things about ourselves. We know that hidden biases can affect our perceptions of others and our actions towards others. But when we say we … Continue reading A Few Words on Biases

A City Girl’s Love Letter to the Cities She’ll Never Forget

Fling, Romance, or Love-Everlasting Some sights in nature have brought tears to my eyes with their beauty, but I’m a city girl through and through. My type of city is one where I can walk around for pleasure or walk to get around, where places are touristy precisely because lots of people dream of visiting them, and where there is a closeness yet respect for … Continue reading A City Girl’s Love Letter to the Cities She’ll Never Forget

“Culture Fit” or “Culture Add?”

Rather than choosing between “culture fit” and “culture add,” let’s choose the fit, that adds. Diverse in the City™️ “Fitting in” and “adding to” the workplace culture are not mutually exclusive criteria for selecting who to hire, promote, or choose to work with on a project. They are often treated as opposites, though, when talking about affinity bias. “Call out” your bias and “make a … Continue reading “Culture Fit” or “Culture Add?”