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Consult for businesses committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion around the rise of COVID-19 hate crimes and harassment.

1. Take a firm stand on Covid-19 Asian/Pacific Islander discrimination zero-tolerance policies. Make this a public announcement.

2. Emphasize the company’s stance on deracializing the coronavirus. Educate your staff on the American Medical Association’s statement about this.

3. Offer your employees resources to report and get help if they have experienced discrimination or harm. Give managers tools and guides on managing such reports.

4. Race-based trauma symptoms are mental health symptoms and emotional difficulties that can surface when experiencing racial trauma or…


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Open statement about the year-long series of violence and harassment towards Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States:

These acts of aggression are committed by both White and BIPOC individuals. There is no doubt that a significant number hold a white supremacist narrative fuelled by the former White House

About four-in-ten Americans say it is more common for people to express racist views about people who are Asian than before COVID-19.

Lateral violence and racial triangulation are things that uphold white supremacist power structures. It does not take one community but all communities to dismantle these narratives.

Even within…


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Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students’ cultural references in all aspects of learning (Ladson-Billings,1994).

We see this term used in the field of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. While it has worked to understand cultural humility and the importance of having cultural competence, its application has been overextended to LGBTQIA+ movements.

This is how the term may apply and where it may not. “Cultural responsiveness” applies if you see queer folks as having a particular ‘culture.’ In some ways, the shared experience of societal and familial oppression and persecution can be seen as shared…


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In diverse teams, employees need high levels of psychological safety for managers to harness the power of diversity itself. Here are some ways you can build safety in diversity now 💡

  1. ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICIES

Be clear that you believe in and are committed to holding the zero-tolerance policies around equity, e.g., sexual harassment, racism, etc.

2. CULTURAL HUMILITY

Understand and practice ‘cultural humility.’ Read this. https://hogg.utexas.edu/3-things-to-know-cultural-humility

3. DEEP LISTENING & VALIDATION

Validating is not agreement. It is accepting a team member’s point of view as valuable. …


(I+ U+ Planet+)

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This article is not peer-reviewed. Instead, this is an independent piece of work that is open to the public for review, discussion and comments. #freethenet #uncolonizeacademia

Abstract: This article applies Transactional Analysis theory in addressing the phenomenon of “Othering” as a transgenerational script that could have roots in hunter-gatherer and survival culture. It suggests that this script is maladaptive in the twenty-first century and a vehicle for third-degree games with catastrophic environmental payoffs. A script of “Inclusion” is introduced to avoid potential species extinction and environmental catastrophe. …


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Trump has banned Critical Race Theory (CRT) based Diversity Equity & Inclusion programs for federal employees. It has been thought to be “racist” and “un-American.”

I believe it would be overly simplistic to assume that a change of president would magically make CRT understandable to the masses. Yes, we (the educated far-left) have concluded that privilege blinds and keeps individuals from embracing CRT, from awakening or changing. But I fear that this is a much more profound misunderstanding.

So my question is this- how did CRT get so profoundly misunderstood by the Right-Wing? I think it’s an important question to…


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The human mind isn’t as complicated as we think. Sure, all the neuroscience today offers knowledge beyond our wildest dreams, BUT… not all of it is needed for sustainable transformation. If the subconscious mind is not sold that change is for optimal survival and pleasure, we can be sure that change will not last.

We subconsciously behave in ways that maintain systemic oppression. Generations of epigenetic adaptations inform the subconscious mind to perpetuate thoughts and behaviors that optimize resources or avoid extinction. Our collective participation maintains power structure.

So if we want genuine personal leadership transformation, our subconscious mind must…


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I’m going to talk about the book ‘White Fragility’. I have a mixed bag of responses to how this book has been sold out on Amazon and how this is now the mainstream language for dismantling systemic racial oppression. I agree with what the author describes. In fact, being who I am I have seen all of these racial dynamics take place and have (on a daily basis) been on the receiving end of these subconscious aggressions.

What is painfully awkward (and so obvious) is how so many racially oppressed groups have vocalized these exact observations and even described the…


When the bills have piled up, the keys are nowhere to be found and promises are not fulfilled the relationship can tense up quickly. The non-ADHD partner can feel resentful of “always” having to caretake without gratitude. It can feel as if it’s all about the ADHD person’s needs and their own needs get neglected.

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The non-ADHD partner can start behaving in parental ways…
1. Rescuing/ fixing and taking over.
2. Criticizing, judging and reprimanding

The ADHD partner can…
1. Feel child-like, infantilized, judged, controlled, or suffocated.
2. Start to over-rely on and take their partner for granted.

It, unfortunately…


Originally published on cherylleong.com, July 8th 2016

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“Black Lives Matter” began as a hashtag on Twitter in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death. As a therapist, I started asking myself questions about how the field of psychotherapy can support the Black community as it fights for change. While psychotherapists discuss issues of race-based trauma and resilience building, we may be missing an important piece. The bigger question is: How has the field played a role in marginalizing specific communities of color and, more specifically, the Black community?

There was a recent article by KQED entitled Mental Health Study: Sorry, I’m…

Cheryl Leong

Author of the forthcoming book “Leading With Consciousness: Cultivating Conscious Organizational Culture.” I am a leadership coach & psychotherapist.

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