Diversity and Speech #33: Bi-Religious – by Carlos Cortés, Gary Cortés

Brotherly Perspectives on Religious Experiences A co-authored Interview Carlos: Last year I wrote a column about the tribulations of Growing up Bi-Religious in our religiously-mixed household in Kansas City, Missouri: Dad a Catholic with a Mexican immigrant father – Mom, a Reform Jew with a Ukrainian immigrant father and an Austrian immigrant mother.  I had to … Continue reading Diversity and Speech #33: Bi-Religious – by Carlos Cortés, Gary Cortés

From Conditional to Equitable Inclusion: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation – by Carlos Cortés

Keynote Address for Unidos: 2022 National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration of the U.S. Dept. of Energy Thank you for inviting me to join you for Hispanic Heritage Month.  And thank you for providing me the opportunity to reflect upon a very important idea: inclusivity. ________________________ In 1999, Mayor Ronald Loveridge of my hometown — Riverside, … Continue reading From Conditional to Equitable Inclusion: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation – by Carlos Cortés

Diversity and Speech Part 31: Health Equity – by Carlos Cortés and Adwoa Osei

In July, 2020, the two of us met for the first time as inaugural co-directors of the University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine’s new Health Equity, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism (HESJAR) curricular initiative.   Beginning with our initial conversations it became clear that addressing speech — physician speech, patient speech, medical school speech — … Continue reading Diversity and Speech Part 31: Health Equity – by Carlos Cortés and Adwoa Osei

Diversity and Speech Part 30: The Strange Odyssey of Racial Sports Metaphors – by Carlos Cortés

Woke people don’t stereotype, right?  And, of course, white men can’t jump.  Hm.  Consider the following. For relaxation, my wife Laurel and I attend a bi-weekly creative writing workshop.  For a recent assignment, our instructor Jo Scott-Coe asked us to write about chocolate.   Each of the other participants wrote about food.   Not me.  … Continue reading Diversity and Speech Part 30: The Strange Odyssey of Racial Sports Metaphors – by Carlos Cortés

Diversity & Speech Part 15: English Language Learners – by Carlos Cortés

It has become a truism that COVID-19 has widened the gap between America’s haves and have nots.  As the wealthy add to their corpus, the poor struggle to survive.  But beneath this master plot lie millions of disparity narratives, stories that repeat themselves over and over. So it is with the narrative of English Language … Continue reading Diversity & Speech Part 15: English Language Learners – by Carlos Cortés

Diversity and Speech Part 14: Health Equity – by Carlos Cortés, Adwoa Osei

Completing her second year as a pediatrics professor at the University of California, Riverside, Adwoa was focused on providing clinical training for her medical students.  A retired UCR history professor, Carlos had no way of imagining that he would soon be joining the staff of a medical school.  . Then the UCR School of Medicine … Continue reading Diversity and Speech Part 14: Health Equity – by Carlos Cortés, Adwoa Osei

Diversity and Speech No. 35: Rockin’ Diversity – by Carlos E. Cortés and Teri Gerent

Carlos:  Tell me, Teri.  How did you come up with the idea of teaching history through rock and roll music? Teri: I’ve always loved music.  From the time I became a history teacher in 1998, I thought of music whenever we reached the twentieth century.  Then it hit me.  Why not help students reconsider U.S. … Continue reading Diversity and Speech No. 35: Rockin’ Diversity – by Carlos E. Cortés and Teri Gerent

Diversity and Speech Part 34: Revisiting Privilege – by Carlos E. Cortés

Diversity language seems to wander through a series of predictable phases.  First, someone comes up with a new term like micro-aggressions, or retrofits an old dictionary word like violence.  A few terms catch on and become diversity specialist standard fare, then enter public lingo, sometimes celebrated, sometimes mocked.  Finally, after the heat dies down and … Continue reading Diversity and Speech Part 34: Revisiting Privilege – by Carlos E. Cortés

Diversity and Speech Part 32: Language Tensions of Speech and Social Justice  – by Carlos E. Cortés

Most public surveys about free speech and the First Amendment go something like this. “Do you believe in the idea of free speech?” Overwhelmingly yes. “Should group slurs be allowed?” Overwhelmingly no.. “Do you support the First Amendment?” Overwhelmingly yes. “Should hate speech be permitted?” Overwhelmingly no. What gives? Aren’t these positions inconsistent? Yes, in … Continue reading Diversity and Speech Part 32: Language Tensions of Speech and Social Justice  – by Carlos E. Cortés

Diversity and Speech No. 29: Brain-Based Strategy For Making a Difference – by Carlos E. Cortés and Shannon Murphy

Carlos: Shannon, I must confess that your book, Neuroscience of Inclusion, has deeply affected the way that I view diversity.  Now it’s great to be working with you in workshops on brain-based approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Shannon: Agreed!  That has been a highlight of my path, getting to collaborate with talented and wonderful … Continue reading Diversity and Speech No. 29: Brain-Based Strategy For Making a Difference – by Carlos E. Cortés and Shannon Murphy