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The EMG Perspective

Joelle Murchison Of EMG On Why Cultural Sensitivity Matters in Business
An Interview With Vanessa Ogle

In today’s globalized world, understanding and respecting cultural differences is not just a moral imperative, it’s a business necessity. Cultural sensitivity in business goes beyond mere awareness; it’s about actively adapting and responding to the diverse cultural landscapes in which businesses operate. This is crucial for building successful, respectful, and inclusive...

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Navigating Those Difficult Conversations During Thanksgiving
By Joelle Murchison

If your dear Uncle Bob is coming for Thanksgiving, but his political views give you heartburn, you may have chosen in previous years to avoid political talk over the turkey. However, if done right, you and your relatives and friends with different viewpoints can have constructive conversations that can lead to more understanding, respect and a better relationship...

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It's All About Access: SCOTUS Got It Wrong, But There's Still Hope
By Joelle Murchison

I am not surprised by the Supreme Court's ruling gutting Affirmative Action. It may be unsurprising that I disagree with the Court ruling that institutions of higher learning may not consider race in admissions decisions.


For months those of us with connections to academic institutions have been talking about and thinking about solutions to maintain the high commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the face of this decision. From my vantage point as a DEI practitioner, access remains the central issue.


Chief Justice Roberts asserts in his opinion, "The student must be treated based on his or her experiences as an individual — not on the basis of race. Many universities have for too long done just the opposite. And in doing so, they have concluded, wrongly, that the touchstone of an individual’s identity is not challenges bested, skills built, or lessons learned but the color of their skin."  Chief Justice Roberts is focused on the wrong issue...

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By Joelle Murchison with Judy Hartling

An answer to the opinion “What if Diversity Trainings are More Harm than Good,” Jesse Singal, New York Times, January 17, 2023

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