Good Bye and Thank You, President Obama


I am a realistic optimist. Nine years ago I truly did not believe that I would see a black person as U.S. president until I was old and gray. Then Obama won in Iowa and I thought, “yes he can.”
I can’t describe how important Obama is to me personally and politically. He was a great president because he is a great man, compassionate and intelligent. He was not a perfect president and did things that I did not agree with but I always knew he was doing the best that he could and trusted his decision making.
To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, today I do not cry because it’s over, I smile because it happened.

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People Of Color Missing From High-Wage Careers


youngmenAfrican Americans, Native Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans adults are underrepresented in high skilled, high status occupations, such as management positions.

Researchers found African Americans employed in managerial professions at 40% the rate of White Americans (Bigler et al.). High concentration in low-skilled occupations and low representation in high-skilled occupations leads to lower wage earnings and wealth accumulation for members of ethnic minority groups.

>> Culture Plays Role In Hiring Gap <<

This gap in the number of ethnic minorities in high-skilled occupations will have a harmful effect on the entire workforce. Continue reading

Get Your GED For Free in Minnesota


Graduation cap and diplomaThe General Educational Development (GED) is a high school diploma equivalent that has lifelong benefits that include helping Minnesota WorkForce Center customers and other job seekers to be eligible for better, higher-paying jobs or start a pathway to a new career.

The GED tests usually cost $120. Now through the end of June 2016, GED testing is available at no cost to eligible Minnesotans. Check out the links below for more information:

MN Department of Education link with information about the free GED

Minnesota Public Radio news blog

Police Brutality Not Your Problem, Right?


A Facebook friend of mine recently posted this meme, presumably in reacting to recent community protests in Minneapolis and Chicago against two separate police shootings.

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I, too, used to think that police brutality was an issue only for those who were already committing crimes. Like the meme says, if you don’t want problems with law enforcement, don’t break any laws.

To be honest, a few years ago I might have posted or “liked” a statement like this. But I know better now. Continue reading

How To Recognize YOUR Privilege


We all have privilege.

There is something about you that gives you social, economic or political status. You might not be aware of the status you have — or it might not seem like a big deal to you — but you do have privilege.

What is privilege?

privilegeIt’s “a right or benefit that is given to some people and not to others.” Privilege is also defined as “the advantage that wealthy and powerful people have over other people in a society.”

But privilege is not just for the wealthy. You receive benefits in our society if you are able-bodied, or heterosexual, or from a certain cultural group, or speak a certain way. (Check your level of privilege here.) Continue reading