Many Americans were awakened to the ongoing racial prejudices in this country after the murder of George Floyd by officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis in late May. Floyd’s last breaths caught on camera forced many to acknowledge the pain and the treatment that so many Black Americans face on a daily basis and have continued to face for centuries. This realization brought about a deep dive into the history of policing in this country.

In Colonial America, informal “night watch” groups were formed to keep order and prevent gambling and prostitution or to take on special requests by rich colonists…


In January 2015, Rashanda McCants and Devon Ramsay, former student-athletes at the University of North Carolina, sued their university for academic fraud and for not educating student-athletes to the level at which they were promised.

They claimed that their education was insubstantial, enrolling them in classes that were part of a “shadow curriculum” that required little to no work or were non-existent in order to elevate grades and provide schedules that would deem their athletes eligible to compete.

In seeking damages, the students wished to return to their university to take different classes and receive more substantial degrees to help…


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Since June, I have had many conversations with friends/acquaintances about increasing diverse representation in the workplace. Many of these individuals are white and are in senior management roles. While we have discussed various ways to recruit diverse talent, we haven’t had the necessary conversations about retaining and promoting diverse talent.

When I started as a first-year analyst working for a large investment bank eight years ago, I was encouraged right away to find a mentor. We were told that a mentor should be someone who we can model our careers after or who we could imagine ourselves in their shoes…


On Utah’s travel industry site, the tagline reads: “Perfect powder, rugged red rock, alpine lakes, and more. If Utah don’t got it, you don’t need it.”

Many Utah businesses highlight easy access to ski resorts, the lakes and water activities, and the gorgeous national parks as recruiting efforts to entice out-of-state job candidates. But as those companies look to recruit more diverse talent, it may take more than the outdoors to convince people to embrace Utah.

The outdoors weren’t always friendly to Black communities

In the summer of 1964, both the Wilderness Act and the Civil Rights Act were passed. The two may not seem related but for…


Below are the remarks I gave to the Temple Har Shalom of Park City on 6/19/2020. Edits have been made to provide greater context and for additional resources to be included. Thank you to Rabbi David and the wonderful people of Temple Har Shalom Park City. Your faith is radiant and I appreciated the opportunity to worship with you all.

I moved to Utah 12.5 years ago in January 2008 when I transferred to BYU. I was a new member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as of a year and was eager to make new friends…


I am a Black woman who has lived in Utah for twelve years. Utah is a state with a rich history that its people are immensely proud of. But for a people so enriched in the stories of their oppressed pioneer ancestors, I often wonder why it is so difficult for many to see the parallels between their own oppression and the deeply rooted, ongoing history of their minority neighbors.

The events of this week hurt, but this is the reality people like me live with every day. There are reasons why so many of us fear small towns. There…


I became quite familiar with the concept of self-sabotage through the many relationships I had been in over the years. Sometimes, the series of actions became so natural to me, that I foresaw the ending from the very beginning. As mentioned in Brianna Wiest’s post, Feeling Stuck Is an Illusion, she states that “If the first people who loved us also taught us that to love is to abandon, that becomes ingrained in our concept of a relationship.” And thus begins the never-ending cycle of believing the joy brought into my life is undeserved.

Except for this time, I truly…


I’ve read all of Brene Brown’s books at least once and her research on shame has transformed how I approach the trials in my life. Naturally, I find myself coming back to her books and talks as a reminder when those lessons seem to go out the window. Currently, I am rereading Daring Greatly and decided to follow along with the reading guide. It’s a great way to be able to fully digest the research Brene presents and make each lesson relevant to my life situation.

“Vulnerability is not weakness, and the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure we face every…


Right now I am sitting in a Starbucks in the back corner trying my first attempt at immersion. While I have been writing for years, creative nonfiction is new to me and so that means new exercises to get better at it.

Photo by Starbucks HK

In You Can’t Make This Stuff Up by Lee Gutkind, he spends some time discussing the need for a writer to practice immersion as a way to write a story “in a way that allows them to own it.” …

Liese Rodger

I am a Director in the finance industry & also a writer. I’m shorter than most 12 year olds, read 1–2 books a week, & consider pasta to be its own food group

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