The Workplace — Featured Episode

Chief change-makers

The role of chief diversity officer has become the latest addition to executive leadership. How does this change lead to more diversity in corporate America?

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Racial awakening leads to organizational introspection, action

University of Maryland-Baltimore’s Chief Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer and Vice President Diane Forbes Berthoud sees her job as one that fosters strategies to generate empathy for others and benefits students, faculty and the surrounding community.

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Chief diversity officers are facing the challenge of shifting corporate culture

More corporations are hiring chief diversity officers to increase diversity and inclusion efforts. Experts weigh in on what it takes for long-term success.

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Diversity, equity and inclusion are not just about counting numbers

After racial uprisings last May, companies rushed to hire chief of diversity officers, making it one of the fastest-growing positions in the previous year. So how does this change lead to even more diversity from the executive level to the front lines?

Identity — Featured Episode

The guardians of indigenous foods

Just don’t call it a trend.

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For nourishment, there’s nothing like ‘first foods’

Pre-colonization diets provide far more than sustenance for the body. They also fortify and deepen ancestral relationships among tribes and families.

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The foodways of America’s Indigenous people

Dishes and ingredients from Denver’s Tocabe and Four Directions Cuisine make use of traditional indigenous methods and values: using what’s available, abundant, in season.

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‘When you eat my food, you will know the journey’

Chef Elena Terry describes all the steps it takes to deliver a tasty plate to your table, filled with intentionality, nutrition, and deep connection to ancestral foods.

The Workplace — Featured Episode

Tools of the trades

Women are a small – but emerging – force in the skilled-trades sector.

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At work, women bring same skill, different experiences

As one of the world’s few female shipwrights, Juliana Inglish brings a new perspective to an age-old profession.

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Yes, women can also wear a construction uniform

When Genny Cornejo stepped into the electrician trade in high school, she had to self-advocate to her dad. She joined the trade and realized the need for more women in the male-dominated field.

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A construction site where it’s OK to ‘ask and learn’

In California, a nonprofit helps women and nonbinary people gain skills and confidence. It’s part of a growing effort to demystify an industry still largely associated with men.

The Workplace — Featured Episode

Untangling hair discrimination

Norms for hairstyles are evolving. Coifs once banned in the workplace, or frowned upon by mainstream society, are more visible than ever.

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Inch by inch, protection for natural hair grows

14 states have passed laws barring discrimination and, with passage in U.S. House, the CROWN Act advances one step closer to becoming federal law.

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Crowning glory: What a Black woman's hair says about her

Among women, hairstyles are intertwined with appearance and identity. For Black women, this is particularly true. In this portrait series, several Black women describe how their styles affect their experiences in the workplace.

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Where style and acceptance are of equal importance

California barbershop’s niche: Catering to clients who seek gender-affirming hairstyles.

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‘It’s a feeling unlike anything in the world’

After spending 16 years shunning her natural hair, Andradia Scovil now embraces it.

The Workplace — Featured Episode

Are empathy skills the key to DEI?

Empathy skills in the workplace are connected to huge benefits for both employees and employers. Empathy skills develop when you practice learning about other people’s life experiences.

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Why is workplace DEI important?

Ineffective diversity, equity and inclusion was cited as a key contributor to so-called ‘Toxic Culture’, acknowledged by researchers as the biggest driver behind the massive quit rates that drove The Great Resignation. Though they are part of the DEI solution, women and diverse workers were most affected by poor workplace culture. In this video, we’ll hear what research says about DEI, why this matters to you and how empathy can unlock a better result in the workplace.

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Race, health and empathy

Dr. Ofole Mgbako, an internal medicine doctor and infectious disease specialist reflects on his personal and professional experiences with racial bias.

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How companies win by leading with empathy

Organizations experience exponential success by creating cultures where diversity and empathy thrive.

The Workplace — Featured Episode

Accessibility for all

When the pandemic put the brakes on many in-person activities, such as grocery shopping and flying, online services grew to fill the void, creating new norms of accessibility long hoped-for and fought for by people with disabilities and their advocates.

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Pandemic augmented services long-sought by the disabled

If the pandemic has an upside, it is the expansion of services and online connectivity, from grocery delivery to closed captioning during meetings. Technology has ushered in welcome solutions to everyday challenges.

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AI tech provides new set of eyes for visually impaired

Companies like Aira Tech Corp are radically changing the game for people with blindness or low vision in the midst of the pandemic. Jenine Stanley, director of customer communication, explains why generating a more inclusive environment in the industry is crucial for people with disabilities.

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Adapting to life with autism during Covid

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives. For people on the autism spectrum, change can be hard. Technology is helping people adapt and find new ways to connect.

The costs of living in a child care desert


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Welcome to Mrs. Jackie’s Daycare
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What happens when demand for child care exceeds supply?
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For a Colorado farming town, child care is paramount to its survival

Two Spirit


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Two Spirits are reclaiming their history
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Navigating identity, traditions and legacy
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Bringing 'light to our stories'

A new day for indie radio


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The little station that could
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Indie programmer delivers a global goulash of music
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Wakanja Hari: A voice for indie Native radio

The unintended effects of toxic positivity


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Don't worry. Be happy.
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What happens when positivity goes too far?
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Toxic positivity: Seemingly innocuous comments towards little people can be harmful

Deconstructing superstitions and rituals in sports


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Don't turn away the goat
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How the strangest sport superstitions propel great athletes—and fans
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A two-time Olympic skier’s search for the smell of success

Challenging beauty standards


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Spreading acceptance, positivity on social media
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Acceptance of all sizes has become a rallying cry
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Representation in plus-size modeling

America's sanitation problem


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Clean water and sanitation problems plague Native and rural U.S. communities
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Cows — yes, cows — could help protect the water we drink
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Small town battles 50 years of unchecked flooding issues

Made by hand


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Unbridled passions infuse crafters' works of art
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The shepherd's crook
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More women are carving out a space in woodworking

Women in gaming


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Who plays video games vs. who's in them
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Bringing a woman's perspective to gaming
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Designing games with equality and impartiality

Currents

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Flipping the Script on Microaggressions
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Home, where mi corazón is whole
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Bookstores bind patrons as well as their owners
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Rural students face numerous obstacles on the path to college
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Kids in the finance biz
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With every stitch, makers of corsets persevere
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Casinos make dollars and sense for small towns in Colorado
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The gift of my grandmother’s songs
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Is there a price to pay for ditching junk food?
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A torn ACL and the new life that came with it
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Activists rally against 'fixing' infants' bodies
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Ghost kitchens are more than delivery services
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Unlocking the power of psilocybin with music
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NFL seeks to score in the startup game
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For the Ransomes, children's books are a family affair
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Identity intersectionality and finding power in being her authentic self
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At American flag-making outposts, there's work to be done
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A shared border, nations apart
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Women in music take lead in the executive ranks
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Newlyweds produced award-winning film on immigration while on their honeymoon