Blog Entries

Why Do We Choose Servitude in the “Land of the Free?” – Guest Blog by Sara Hughes

Why Do We Choose Servitude in the “Land of the Free?” It’s a controversial question, I know, but please hear me out. The most pressing issues of our time have a single common denominator- power. Who has it? How do they use (or, more often, abuse) it? What needs to be done to alleviate the suffering [...]

By | December 10th, 2020|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Why Do We Choose Servitude in the “Land of the Free?” – Guest Blog by Sara Hughes

Healing the Great Divide

Healing the Great Divide As the U.S. Election draws close, COVID-19 cases flare in new hot spots. Coverage of police misconduct gets greater prominence. As we witness greater demands to restore law and order, so, too, come calls to join demonstrations in support of those who protest racial injustice. We cannot deny that we are [...]

By | December 9th, 2020|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Healing the Great Divide

Flattening the Pyramids – Guest post from NCBI team member Sara Hughes

Flattening the Pyramids Note: Excerpts of my manuscript, Flattening the Pyramids: A Treatise on Hierarchy and Community, have been posted on the Ideas and Commentary section of this site but readers may prefer to read the book in sequence without other posts breaking it up. The book is still a work in progress and I’ll continue to add [...]

By | December 9th, 2020|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Flattening the Pyramids – Guest post from NCBI team member Sara Hughes

Everyone Wants to be Heard

Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone deserves to be heard. No one wants to listen. That's the gist of it. Hurts and fears are deeply ingrained in the human psyche. Those in power are defensive or immune to thoughts of losing power. Actions bear this out. Those who are targets of oppressive practices are tired [...]

By | August 11th, 2020|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Everyone Wants to be Heard

Rethinking the 4th of July

This year's 4th of July came suddenly, like a boulder crashing down a mountain. The mountain stands as a symbol of the hierarchy of power and privilege built over centuries in the country we call the United States. The myths of meritocracy and equal opportunity are falling, much like the statues of one time heroes [...]

By | July 4th, 2020|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Rethinking the 4th of July

This is a WAKE-UP Call

The excruciating death of George Floyd, captured on video and seen around the world has shocked people and institutions across the US. In Rochester and its surrounding suburbs come demands for police reform. We are face to face, however, with the reality that this is not just a police problem. Institutional racism is endemic in [...]

By | June 19th, 2020|Blog Entries|Comments Off on This is a WAKE-UP Call

Who is the “US” in the U.S. of A?

In the U.S. we take pride in looking after one another. That is, as long as people look like us, act like us, speak like us, and follow the rules we put in place to preserve law and order. In other words, maintaining our power and authority.   When people who don't look, act or [...]

By | June 2nd, 2020|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Who is the “US” in the U.S. of A?

A Week without Violence

The National YWCA is promoting a series of activities and events across the US October 15th–19th. The focus is on ending gender-based violence. Well before looking into the activities and posted talking points for the initiative, I began to look inward. I realized could spend the entire week without ever leaving home reflecting on my [...]

By | November 29th, 2018|Blog Entries|Comments Off on A Week without Violence

Becoming (Diversity) Inclusion and Equity Champions

Business leaders in the field of diversity, inclusion and equity think outside the box, envision what could be and inspire others to follow. In short, they make things happen. All three elements are building blocks, and the language used to describe and implement them constantly evolve as our knowledge base grows. The journey is both [...]

By | September 2nd, 2018|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Becoming (Diversity) Inclusion and Equity Champions

My Invisible Truth

When I was offered the opportunity to write for this NCBI blog, I agreed. And then I started thinking about what it means to write. The blog captures a moment. Will what I write stand the test of time? Will I read it later and regret my decision? What makes me afraid of committing my thoughts to paper? [...]

By | August 23rd, 2018|Blog Entries|Comments Off on My Invisible Truth