Addicted to Race 68: Imus, hip hop, “queer

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
A brand-new episode (No. 68) of Addicted to Race is out! Addicted to Race is New Demographic’s weekly podcast about America’s obsession with race.
This is an all listener audio comment episode:

Frances shares her thoughts on the Don Imus controversy
Jeff weighs in on misogyny in hip hop
ME discusses the word “queer”
Tereza responds to […]

How to build your personal brand

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

What do people say about you when you’re not in the room? If you don’t know, it could hinder your career opportunities. Whether we like it or not, each of us has a personal brand. The question is: is your brand what you want it to be?
Here’s an interview I did with […]

Submit a post to the Carnival of Human Resources

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Susan M. Heathfield at About.com’s Human Resources Blog is currently hosting the 6th Carnival of Human Resources.
The Carnival, published twice a month, is a collection of blog posts on topics related to human resources, business and training. The idea is to get more people blogging and/or reading about these topics, but it’s […]

Watercooler: black = stupid?

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Watercooler is the section of the blog in which we share with you real-life horror stories from the frontlines of race in the workplace. This week, we have a story from Sullie:
Some background: I work at a company run by middle-aged white men; the employees are also white, are women, and […]

Racialicious! When Race and Pop Culture Collide

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
I’m excited to announce that New Demographic’s seminar, Racialicious! When Race and Pop Culture Collide, is now available in both audio seminar and e-book formats!
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From the neo-minstrelsy of Flavor of Love to the racial segregation on Survivor, from the race-swapping families on Black.White. to the fascination with interracial sex, from Gwen Stefani’s […]

Colour shouldn’t matter

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
One of our readers, Salina, spotted this ad on the blog I Believe in Adv:

“Tria. Colour shouldn’t matter.”
Student Organization Ethnic Discrimination Campaign
Agency: Volt, Stockholm, Sweden
Copywriter: Volt
Art Director: Volt
Account Supervisor: Volt
Advertiser’s Supervisor: Volt

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by Race in the Workplace special correspondent Erica
I Was a Diversity Hire - TIME
The author of a TIME article on research on workplace diversity programs speaks about hearing a rumor that the guy who hired her led the company in minority hiring. “I’d never gotten anywhere at all on my connections, which is rightful, seeing […]

Watercooler: When money trumps racism

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Watercooler is the section of the blog in which we share with you real-life horror stories from the frontlines of race in the workplace. This week, we have a story from Ariella Drake:
I’m a white/Chinese Australian woman who looks mostly white, so I tend to hear all sorts of racism from […]

Promoting diversity in American classical music

by Race in the Workplace special correspondent Adina Ba
Aaron Dworkin is the founder and president of the Sphinx Organization, a national non-profit founded in 1996 to overcome the dramatic racial inequalities in the field of classical music.
Today we have the opportunity to learn about the underrepresentation of Blacks and Latinos in the field of classical […]

When you’re too honest during diversity training

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
I’ve always thought this scene, from Comedy Central’s show “Dog Bites Man,” was hilarious. Watch the diversity trainer’s face as the woman describes the dream she had.

Go read the 5th Carnival of Human Resources

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Head on over to Evil HR Lady to read the 5th installment of the Carnival of Human Resources. She was kind enough to include a post from Race in the Workplace.
The Carnival, published twice a month, is a collection of blog posts on topics related to human resources, business and training. The […]

Recommended Reading

by Race in the Workplace special correspondent Erica
Minority Workers Less Likely to Say Promotions Are Based on Merit - HR.BLR.com (Business & Legal Reports)
61.4% of all employees, 56.6% of Hispanic respondents, and 58.2% of black respondents said they thought their job performance was the main reason for their professional advancement. That doesn’t seem significant to […]

Watercooler: The missing wedding invitation

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Watercooler is the section of the blog in which we share with you real-life horror stories from the frontlines of race in the workplace. This week, we have a story from Merq:
So there’s this guy, we’ll call him Frank, who is a first-generation Greek American. Now, Frank can only be […]

The HR department protects the company, not you

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Penelope Trunk is a career columnist at the Boston Globe and Yahoo Finance. Her syndicated column has run in more than 200 publications. Earlier, she was a software executive, and then she founded two companies. She has been through an IPO, an acquisition and a bankruptcy. Before that she played professional beach […]

Motivational video from Ernst & Young: Be happy or else!

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Wow. Either this is a really, really good spoof or Ernst & Young needs to get some fresh ideas for employee motivation.
I especially enjoy the “break it down” bit that starts around the 1:45 mark. It makes me want to hit the dancefloor! And then run back to my cubicle and […]

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by Race in the Workplace special correspondent Erica
I have a “great job,” lots of money, responsibility and respect. Why aren’t I happy? - Escape from Cubicle Nation
If your values and your current work situation don’t align, you probably won’t be happy. People spend a remarkable amount of time in jobs they don’t really like because […]

Addicted to Race 67: Don Imus

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
A brand-new episode (No. 67) of Addicted to Race is out! Addicted to Race is New Demographic’s weekly podcast about America’s obsession with race.
Carmen and Yolanda Carrington discuss the recent Don Imus controversy, and how those of us who do anti-racist work can get our voices heard in the mainstream media.
Guest co-host […]

Watercooler: When the chair of the anti-racism committee is a racist

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Watercooler is the section of the blog in which we share with you real-life horror stories from the frontlines of race in the workplace. This week, we have a story from V:
I work for a government agency which is charged with promoting community harmony and working to increase our city’s level […]

As “all-American” as apple pie?

by Carmen Van Kerckhove
The other day I was watching “The Agency,” an addictive new reality show on VH1 about the agents and models who work for Wilhelmina Models. The agents were pitching a new client, Bongo Jeans, and brought a few different models to the client to be considered for a new ad campaign.
I was […]

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by Race in the Workplace special correspondent Erica
Measuring the Gender Gap - New York Times
According to this study from Elle magazine and MSNBC.com, most women would still rather work for a man, most women still feel like they need to work harder than men to get the same recognition, and men are honing those “feminine […]