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Articles by Editor of the American Diversity Report

2020 BOOKS FOR PEACE AWARD 

Deborah Levine  Editor-in-Chief of the American Diversity Report, and her 15 books have been honored with the 2020 International BOOKS FOR PEACE award. The award was born from a project of a group of associations with the aim of enhancing the books (through a literary competition), featuring culture, people, sport, art, dealing with the topics of Peace in the round, not only between peoples, but of peoples: such as gender-based violence, bullying, racial and religious discrimination, social and cultural integration.

Today, in it’s 4th year, the international alliances have expanded to include:

  • IODHR: International Organization for Democracy and Human Rights – Norway
  • INSPAD – Institute of Peace and Development – Pakistan and European Union
  • INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – European Union
  • AFRICAN NGOs DEVELOPMENT NETWORK  – Africa
  • GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO END CHILD MARRIAGE
  • MY BODY IS MY BODY – United Kingdom and USA
  • FAAVM – Federal association for the Advancement of Visible Minorities – Canada
  • IHRMWORLD – International Human Rights Movement – United Kingdom
  • NHRF – NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN FEDERATION – India
  • FUNVIC – FUNDACAO UNIVERSIDARIA VIDA CRISTA  – Brazil
  • INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION
  • MUNDIAL DE EDUCACION PARLIAMENT
  • INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DIPLOMATIC STUDIES- Norway
  • NAIFA MARUF FOUNDATION – Bangladesh
  • SOCIETY FOR GENDER EQUALITY, EDUCATIONAL, ADVANCEMENT & STRUGGLES – Nigeria
  • INTERNATIONAL ART FOR PEACE FESTIVAL – Iran
  • HUMANITARIAN INITIATIVE CO. LTD – Uganda
  • HOPEWORKS GHANA – Ghana
  • MAHATMA GANDHI GLOBAL PEACE FOUNDATION – India
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY OF PEACE – USA
  • PAKISTAN SAFETY COUNCIL – Pakistan

Books for Peace

Future of Diversity Amid Pandemic – ADR TOWN HALL

ADROn Sept. 14, the American Diversity Report (ADR), an award-winning digital multimedia platform, held an interactive virtual Town Hall featuring a distinguished panel of experts to discuss the future of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in education and employment amid COVID-19. We thank the many donors who made this event and ADR’s next year possible. CLICK to see List of ADR DONORS 

“For 15 years, the American Diversity Report’s dozens of writers from around the U.S. and the world has provided inspiration and instruction, trends and analysis expertise.  We recognize that the coronavirus pandemic requires a new perspective and innovative approach to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Deborah Levine, ADR’s Editor-in-Chief and an award-winning author of 15 books.

CLICK SEE THE TOWN HALL VIDEO.

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A STEM Woman’s Story – by Deborah Levine

Don’t Bother Trying to Fit In

Deborah Levine
ADR Editor-in-Chief Deborah Levine

When my family moved to America from British Bermuda, I was still in elementary school, having completed first form, the equivalent of first grade, at the Bermuda High School (BHS) for Girls. Uniform and uniformed, I marched in step with the other girls, just as my mother had done through her entire schooling at BHS. Yes, I did stand out as the only Jewish girl in the school, or anywhere on the island. But generations of my family were well known on the island, so the singularity was tolerable. Inserted into a New York City suburb, I was delighted to find that this particular oddity was completely irrelevant. For better or worse, I still stuck out and a confidence crisis set in.

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Tribalism and The Vote – by Deborah Levine

Some have called our “Me & Us First” politics as nationalism but I prefer to apply the label ‘tribalism’.  In this COVID-19 environment, racial lines, regional preferences, current events and heavy political advertising, are not shaping public opinion as much as the identity of a specific community and the resonance of a leader to that community. Communities are built on religious and ethnic values, family preferences, housing patterns, and health habits. Their political choices have always been shaped by those cultural traits. With the economic fallout and the growing disparities in jobs and  education, politics will become a complex mix of leadership styles that symbolize communities along with the body language, word choice, and facial expressions that resonate specific communities. Policy positions and biographical details will be less relevant as they are filtered through the lens of each group.

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Why Black-Jewish Dialogue Now – by Deborah Levine

A Zoom Dialogue in Chattanooga, TN

(Presentation for Mizpah Congregation) 

TRANSCRIPT: It’s a true challenge to talk about issues involving African Americans and Jews in these turbulent times. The murder of George Floyd and COVID-19 have put a spotlight not just on monuments and law enforcement, but also on festering issues of economic, social and healthcare inequities. The issues echo the 1960s civil rights era but with the internet, terminology, quotes, memes and comments are constantly morphing. And spreading. Two weeks ago, a Black-Jewish woman messaged me, worried about how the words of Louis Farrakhan were being blending with those of local White Supremacists. (See Farrakhan) Will the words of our nonviolent sixties icons, James Baldwin and Martin Luther King Jr., successfully counteract this trend? I hope that celebrating the life of the civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis will re-emphasize the impact of non-violent activism. (See John Lewis)

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Campaign: Boost the American Diversity Report

AMERICAN DIVERSITY REPORT LAUNCHES OUTREACH
CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY & INCLUSION,
CROSS-CULTURAL COMPETENCE, COUNTERACT HATE

ADR 
Free Online Resources Available to Improve Education, Communication & Training
  
CHATTANOOGA, TN — The American Diversity Report, an award-winning digital multimedia platform, announced a new outreach campaign to raise public awareness and enhance understanding of critically important issues of diversity, inclusion, cross cultural competence, and counteracting hate.
 
Those interested in supporting the online initiative – including corporate America, academia, philanthropists, advocacy groups and individuals – can visit Boost American Diversity Report GoFundMe Campaign to consider a small donation of $10, $25 or more.  Donors will be acknowledged on the ADR and at the virtual Donors Town Hall on September 14 at 7:00pm ET.  Subscribers will be invited to attend to hear from Deborah Levine and ADR Advisors: Carlos Cortes, Marc Brenman, Soumaya Khalifa, Simma Lieberman, Dr. Joseph Nwoye,  and Elwood Watson.
Be inspired to join us  – hear this video message from Editor-in-Chief Deborah Levine, who founded the American Diversity Report (ADR) 15 years ago and has single-handedly managed it despite chronic illness.


“My life’s work is helping people and organizations enhance diversity and inclusion, foster positive race relations, and improve cross cultural competency – all of which are fluid variables during these challenging times,” noted Levine, author of the recent book, When Hate Groups March Down Main Street: Engaging A Community Response. A book excerpt is available here.

 She added: “Vital support from the public will help optimize the ADR’s capacity, increase accessibility, and modernize the design for a broader reach and readership. Everyone can learn and benefit from the free educational resources available through the ADR. This is especially important in our increasingly multiracial, multiethnic and multicultural society.”
 
Levine has been a nationally-recognized diversity futurist and change agent for 30 years. She was recently named by Forbes magazine as a top Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazer. She is also an award-winning author of 15 books, as well as an opinion columnist for The Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper.
 
Among her many achievements, Levine received the Champion of Diversity Award from DiversityBusiness.com, the Excellence Award from the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, and the Chattanooga Award for Management Consulting. Her published articles span decades in journals and magazines including, The American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, The Bermuda Magazine, and The Harvard Divinity School Bulletin. A former blogger for The Huffington Post, Levine has been featured on C-SPAN Book TV and other media venues.

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July 4th Prayer – by Deborah Levine

Originally written for Generation 42 Global Reformers July 4th Prayer Service 

As we gather together virtually for the July 4th celebration, my first thought is to ask for the blessing of our Creator who has placed us all on this precious planet. Our faith leads us to a shared hope for a future where we can harmonize, not homogenize, at the intersection of race, ethnicity, religion, generation, and gender represented in this country. That hope was not a conscious one growing up in British Bermuda as the only Jewish little girl on the island. But I’m honored to now be recognized as a Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazer by Forbes Magazine. And I’m both honored and astounded to be an Award-winning author of 15 books on cultural diversity and the founder of the American Diversity Report where I’ve served as editor for 15 years.

I’m astounded because my early dream was to be a ballerina, forever in pink ballet slippers. But God had other plans for me. Perhaps that’s why, even as a youngster, I was surrounded by diverse cultures and appreciated their artistic expressions.
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To mask or not to mask – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press

I got a call from my cousin Lenny from a New York hospital telling me that they’d just admitted his elderly mother into the emergency room. He was upset because the hospital restricted his time with his mother as part of COVID-19 protocols.  But “Upset” didn’t cover his reaction to the receptionist not wearing a mask and neither a few of the medical staff. He made his objections loud and clear and took pictures on his phone. At that point, security was called and he got tossed out.  Picturing this kerfuffle over my aunt’s prone body, I’m taking the war over masks personally.

When I see headlines about North Dakota’s Republican governor Doug Burgum being on “brink of tears as he decries ‘mask shaming’, I’m horrified that the governor had to beg but encouraged that he had the courage to do so. It takes guts for a Republican governor to antagonize the anti-maskers when Biden says yes and Trump says no way. The battle’s begun in a presidential campaign fight to the political death.

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My Lifelong Journey as a Trailblazer for Diversity & Inclusion – by Deborah Levine

Why I created the ADR and
Why we need your support

When asked why I created the American Diversity Report (ADR), I’m tempted to answer that diversity is in my DNA. I was brought up as the only Jewish little girl on the 24 square miles of British Bermuda in a family that immigrated from Russian territories. When we moved to New York, I was bullied for my colonial British accent and found comfort in the music, dance, and folktales of diverse cultures. I played the violin, performed ballet, and wrote stories and poems to express my sense of exclusion. When illness prevented all other expression, reading became my world and writing became my voice.

Two decades ago, I had to resign my job as an executive director of a Jewish Federation because I’d almost died on a mission to Uzbekistan, diversity again surfaced as my passion. But this time, I wanted to leave a legacy that would change the world. I created the Women’s Council on Diversity along with a community Global Leadership Course and a Youth Multicultural video contest. But of all my creations, the American Diversity Report is closest to my heart.

I persevere in this endeavor despite ongoing health challenges. I’m now in my golden years and have endured major surgery resulting in my being unable to speak for years. Unfortunately, I’ve also suffered through mourning the deaths of every member of my nuclear family. May they Rest In Peace.

I’m grateful for my life and the ability to continue my father’s legacy as a U.S. military intelligence officer who liberated a Nazi death camp during World War II. In addition to being the founder and editor-in-chief of ADR, I have served as the executive director of Jewish Federations, created the DuPage/Chicago Interfaith Resource Network and the Southeast Women’s Council on Diversity.

While working in Tulsa, I was trained by the FBI in addressing and responding to hate groups after the tragic Oklahoma City bombing and destruction of the Murrah federal building by white supremacist domestic terrorists. I currently serve on the Tennessee Holocaust Commission and the Chattanooga Council Against Hate. My latest book is titled “When Hate Groups March Down Main Street: Engaging A Community Response”.

Deborah Levine at her book signing

In addition to being an award-winning author of 15 books — and being named by Forbes Magazine as a top “Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazer” — I am still humbled by the honor of giving people a voice through the ADR. It’s a privilege to engage every day with people of goodwill in tikkun olam (which in Hebrew means “repair of the world“).

The ADR has benefitted the workplace and communities locally, nationally and globally for the past 15 years. The ADR has always been free of charge as part of my lifetime efforts to help foster humanity’s understanding and acceptance of diversity, inclusion and related issues in our increasingly multicultural, multiracial and multiethnic nation — and, indeed, the world.

I’ve had no greater calling in my quest to shape a better future than the ADR. Not only does it deliver a vital message about the importance of diversity and inclusion, but it helps make our world a better place for all people. The ADR is needed now more than ever, as current events attest.

My goal is to ensure that the American Diversity Report will continue to provide a valuable public service as an educational and informational online media platform and training resource for a new generation of leaders — and for every generation.

CLICK to join the Boost the American Diversity Report Campaign.

The funds will be leveraged to expand the award-winning ADR platform, which hosts a diverse writers community of more than 800 articles, podcasts and community projects like ADR New Beginnings. The funds will also boost the ADR’s reach and readership of expert articles covering timely issues of race, color, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, generational differences, and thought leadership on diversity and inclusion.

The Fall edition if the ADR begins in September. Therefore, I hope to reach our funding goal by August 31 with your generous help and kind support. Please join me in my mission to Promote Diversity, Foster Inclusion and Counteract Hate. Together, we can make a real and lasting impact for the betterment of society during these troubling times and for all times.

I will thank all the ADR contributors in the September newsletter, but I can’t thank you enough for your kind consideration to make a lasting real-world difference by supporting diversity and inclusion efforts which are needed now more than ever.

Thank you and God bless you.

ADR Juneteenth Press Release

ADRFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2020
Contact: Deborah Levine:  Deborah@diversityreport.com
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AMERICAN DIVERSITY REPORT PUBLISHES
SPECIAL JUNETEENTH ISSUE
 
Includes Advisory Board Perspectives on Systemic Racism, Black Lives Matter, Diversity Leadership, Criminal Justice Reform, Recent Police Killings of African Americans
  
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Deborah Levine Enterprises, LLC today announced the issuance of a special Juneteenth holiday edition of the American Diversity Report (ADR), an award-winning digital media platform and educational resource, available at AmericanDiversityReport.com
The special Juneteenth edition (CLICK for articles) is comprised of exclusive articles and unique perspectives from ADR’s advisory board members and contributors, who represent a broad range of professional backgrounds, subject matter expertise, and thought leadership on issues of diversity and inclusion, equal opportunity, social justice, and related topics. Further information about the ADR team can be found at https://americandiversityreport.com/adr-team/
“During these challenging times when race-related issues are at the forefront of national attention, the American Diversity Report is pleased to share our insights with the public to enhance educational awareness, build mutual understanding, and foster constructive dialogue,” said Deborah Levine, Editor-in-Chief of ADR.
“It was 25 years ago when I was working in Tulsa that I observed Juneteenth and the 75th anniversary of the horrific Black Wall Street massacre,” she added. “While much progress has been made over the years and decades, much work remains. America must stay true to the promise of full equality for all citizens in our increasingly diverse society and workplace.”
In addition to being the founder and publisher of ADR, diversity futurist Deborah Levine is a leading management consultant, keynote speaker, award-winning author of 15 books, and an opinion columnist for the Times Free Press of Chattanooga. She was recently recognized by Forbes magazine as being among the nation’s top Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazers. Her latest book is titled, When Hate Groups March Down Main Street: Engaging A Community Response (co-authored with Marc Brenman via Roman & Littlefield).
More information about Deborah Levine Enterprises, LLC — including corporate webinars, online trainings, and other diversity management resources – is available at deborahlevine.com