Diversity director encourages inclusion

first_imgEric Love, director of staff diversity and inclusion, presented to leaders and volunteers from nonprofit organizations Tuesday as part of the University’s Nonprofit Breakfast Series. The series, presented by the University’s Office of Public Affairs and the Mendoza College of Business, is designed to help nonprofit organizations learn from human resource experts to better manage employees. Love’s presentation was the third in the four-part series and focused on the benefits of diversity and how to better serve all constituents. “Inclusion is what we do with diversity,” he said. “If we really value diversity, if we really think it’s important, that inclusion is so important. We can only get the benefits of diversity if we give each other a voice and allow them to speak and share their perspective. “So together, diversity and inclusion are policies and practices of inclusion that promote understanding of cultural differences and encourage cooperation across the boundaries of diverse co-workers.” The benefits of diversity, according to Love, include enhanced critical and complex thinking, greater academic and work success and “greater engagement in the lifelong learning of understanding people and cultures in order to develop a more democratic community and equitable society.”“When we start working with people who are different from us, we start to care about them, we care about their communities,” he said. “We start to care about other communities outside of our own.”The first step to becoming more inclusive, Love said, is to focus on yourself. “I strongly believe awareness is the first step — the more comfortable we are with ourselves, the more comfortable we are with other people,” he said. “If you know who you are, it doesn’t really matter who someone else is, because you’re secure with yourself. You’re comfortable with whoever else someone might be.” When addressing organizations, Love said leaders should aspire to be “multiculturally competent.” “An organization is multiculturally competent when its members, majority and minority, have knowledge of, respect for and the skills necessary to interact with people from other cultures, within an international and domestic context,” he said. When striving for multicultural competency, Love said microaggressions, which he defined as “brief and commonplace” indignities that communicate “hostile or negative slights or insults,” are a crucial part of communication to be aware of. “They are reminders that recipients are not in the majority,” he said. “They can happen to women, to people of color, to people with disabilities and they add up to a pattern of exclusion. One microaggression is like a paper cut — it might sting a little bit, but ultimately it’s not that big of a deal. But multiple microaggressions every day, every week, over time can really start to add up.”While it is important to be inclusive, the fear of “saying something wrong” shouldn’t prevent important conversations from happening or questions from being asked, Love said. “Political correctness had noble intentions and it started to get us communicating in a more civil way,” he said. “But terminology changes and it can be hard to keep up. We all make mistakes; I’m the diversity guy and I make mistakes.”Tags: Diversity, eric love, mendoza college of business, Nonprofit Breakfast Serieslast_img read more

Robert “Moe” Homola

first_imgRobert “Moe” Homola 70, of Aurora passed away Wednesday August 9, 2017 at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. Moe was born Saturday February 1, 1947 in Lawrenceburg, the son of John R. and Pearly Frances (Lewis) Homola.He was a member of Dillsboro American Legion, Aurora Eagles and Aurora Moose. Moe liked to collect classic cars such as his 1920 Chevy Coupe and his 1957 Chevy Belaire. He liked to play cards being outside and spending time with his family.Moe is survived by daughters: Amy Homola of Aurora; Dawn (Luther) Harris of Hebron, KY; brother: Dennis (Pat) Homola of Hebron, Ky; Great-Aunt: Mary Perez of New Jersey. 3 Grandchildren: Austin Homola, Alexis Harris, Luke Harris. Dog, Summer. He was preceded in death by parents and one sister: Donna Cuneo; dogs: Rudy and Molly.Visitation will be 5-8PM Monday August 14, 2017 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home 12887 Lenover Street Dillsboro. Military rites will be conducted by the Dillsboro American Legion at the funeral home at 8PM Memorials may be made to Heart Foundation. Go to www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home, Dillsboro entrusted with arrangements. (812) 432-5480. Box 146 Dillsboro, In 47018.last_img read more

McDowell marches on, McIlroy out

first_imgGraeme McDowell produced another superb fightback, but Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose went out at extra holes at WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The world number seven won four out of five holes to lead by one after 16, but Harris, impressive winner over Lee Westwood in round one, replied to take the contest to sudden death. It was at the first extra hole that McIlroy’s touch deserted him as he failed to recover from a poor tee shot. He went wide to the left and could then only pitch into desert rough between a bush and a tree. From there he overshot the green and there was no way back. English said: “I had to bring my ‘A’ game to beat him. Rory really fought back hard, birdying 14 through 16. I knew I needed to make something happen on 17 and 18.” Reigning US Open champion Rose was beaten at the 20th by veteran Ernie Els after another tight contest. Rose’s undoing came as he failed to get his third shot to the par-five hole out of a bunker, while Els chipped superbly from just wide of the same sand to set up a birdie. There had been little between the two players throughout. Els eagled the third and birdied the fourth to take an early two-hole lead, but Rose won two of the next three to level and went ahead when the South African bogeyed the 12th. They were all square at the 18th tee after Rose bogeyed the 17th. Both players hit poor second shots as Rose found a bunker and Els saw his approach roll back off the green. Yet there were no nerves on display as both got up and down and then impressively birdied the 19th before the match concluded at the next. Top seed Henrik Stenson, the world number three, advanced no further as he was beaten 4&3 by Louis Oosthuizen. Defending champion Matt Kuchar came from one down with six to play to beat Ryan Moore one up. Sergio Garcia overcame Bill Haas 3&1 after winning four out of six holes in a strong sequence on the back nine. The Spaniard will next play Rickie Fowler, who won a high-quality match with this season’s form player Jimmy Walker one up. French Ryder Cup hopeful Victor Dubuisson saw an early three-hole lead wiped out, but recovered his poise to beat Peter Hanson 3&1. Bubba Watson, who led by three after just four holes, survived a late wobble before seeing off Jonas Blixt two up. Blixt threatened to make life difficult by winning the 12th and 14th, but short missed putts at the 15th and 16th and a penalty drop on the last ended his hopes. American youngster Jordan Spieth produced one of the day’s most impressive performances, beating Thomas Bjorn 5&4. Hunter Mahan, who will now play McDowell in a repeat of the decisive match at the 2010 Ryder Cup, beat Richard Sterne two up. But after coming from four down after seven – and three down with three holes remaining – against Gary Woodland on Wednesday, he was not fazed by a repeat scenario. He played steadily throughout and luck had been against him early on, most notably when Matsuyama chipped in from the rough at the second. Birdies at the eighth and ninth set up a tight back nine and Matsuyama eventually cracked when he missed a short putt at the 17th. The Japanese player compounded that error by putting his tee shot at the last into a bunker and McDowell parred to complete another fine fightback. “I was hoping to not expend as much emotion but that didn’t happen,” said McDowell. “It was another emotional day but I guess I am just happy to still be standing.” Fellow Northern Irishman McIlroy saw his bid ended by American Harris English at the 19th. McIlroy appeared to have victory within sight as he put aside earlier putting frustrations to hit form on the back nine. McDowell reprised his first-round heroics by coming from behind to reach the last 16 with victory over Hideki Matsuyama on the 18th hole at Dove Mountain. The Ulsterman had trailed by three after six holes and was still two down with four to play at the Arizona course. Press Associationlast_img read more