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My blog is a collection of reflections based on issues I’ve faced in my journey through working, living and teaching a life based on inclusion. It’s not always easy, and there are a lot of times where I don’t get it right. But, through commitment and a little bit of grace, I work toward creating my little part of the world, a better place.

  • Married Today, Fired Tomorrow: What's next for the Gay community?

       I was invited to write a guest column for What's Up Magazine discussing the impact of the US Supreme Court decsion in favor of marriage equality. Click here to see the original article. From the riots at Stonewall in 1969 that launched the modern gay rights movement to the recent US Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, there have been great strides gained for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) population over the past 30+ years.

  • Hi, I'm a Diversity Candidate!

    I was honored to be asked to co-author a blog for the Fox School of Business at Temple University. The topic was centered on minority recruitment in the private sector. Check it out!  Diversity Recruiting remains one of the hardest challenges in workplace recruiting and retention initiatives.

  • Here's What Bugs Me About Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair Cover

    First let me say congratulations. Congratulations to Caitlyn Jenner for her transition and for creating a larger platform for the general public to engage in conversations about the transgender experience. I am also excited that she has decided to use her celebrity status to continue the discussion and become a social advocate for this issue.

  • The Cleaning Lady

    Here is a story from my days as a grad student. Staying late in the office was a common occurrence for me. It was the best time to work on papers and such in a quiet environment.

  • Hi My Name is Clueless

    In honor my three year anniversary with Diversity Talks, I am republishing my first ever blog entry. My start began when Maura Cullen, Ed.D. was kind enough to feature me in one of her monthly newsletters.

  • The Woman Behind the Bun

    I wrote this article at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of UT El Paso's president, Diana Natalicio. I consider her a maverick and an advocate for creating access into higher education to a population that has been historically overlooked. OPEN LINK HERE: Diana Natalicio: The Woman Behind The Bun

  • Return of the Native

    This article was written about a college student who answered a call to defend his country and then returned to finish his degree. A true inspiration. OPEN LINK HERE: Return of the Native: One Man's Journey from Student to Soldier and Back Again

  • From Boots to Boas

    This article was written to describe the nature of being gay in the borderlands of Texas and Mexico. OPEN LINK HERE: From Boots to Boas: Gay Life on the Border

  • The Power of Stigma and Fear

    How Marginalized Communities Continue to Marginalize Others This speech was written for an event held by the City of El Paso Department of Public Health in observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. In this speech I examine the issue of stigma and fear of HIV and AIDS through the lens of sexuality and race. I have subsequently given this same same speech through the lens of religion and readings from the Bible.

  • Exploring a World of Change

    This is the speech I gave as the keynote speaker for El Paso Community College's diversity conference, Exploring A World of Change. EPCC recently incorporated sexual orientation and gender identity as part of their nondiscrimination policy. As a response, Human Resources put on this one-day conference for its employees to learn more about the LGBT experience.

  • Life Work Balances

    A friend/colleague of mine has taken up a new project, and it was a humbling experience to be asked to be a part of it. Conor Mclaughlin is conducting interviews from people all over the country about life-work balance, specifically those of us engaged in social justice/diversity work. Conor and I discussed a whole host of things including my days as a professional musician, and varying careers.

  • A Millenial's Truth

    I recently attended a slam poetry session at a local coffee house. I enjoy slam poetry since it can convey a very brutal honesty in someone's life. This session was no different.

  • Dating in a Cisgender Society

    Dating in a Cisgender Society This blog examines one experience I went through when presented with the opportunity to date someone who was not cisgender. The experience left me with more questions than answers, but questions that I think should be explored. 

  • Lack of Class Consciousness

    I had a conversation with a friend of mine over dinner recently about a fairly innocuous topic, introductions. Earlier in the day, I had introduced her to another friend of mine. We talked about how and where I had learned how to do that, and I shared with her that it was part of my upbringing.

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Speaking at a church about the significance and repercussions of the Marriage Equality debate and Supreme Court decision


Delivering a speech to the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy

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