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

Revenge-minded USC ready for Pepperdine

first_imgAfter a three-year absence from the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament, the USC women’s soccer team is once again headed to the postseason, and will face the No. 4 seed Pepperdine in their first round matchup.Kickin’ it · Junior Jamie Fink was named an All-Pac-12 honorable mention Tuesday. Fink has six goals for the Women of Troy this season. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily Trojan The Women of Troy endured a tumultuous regular season, but thanks to a strong start and some impressive non-conference wins, as well as a convincing finish in Pac-12 play, they have fulfilled one of their main goals of getting to the playoffs.“For them to get us there [the tournament], I think it’s big,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “I’m really happy they get to experience this and change the future for the program.”In McAlpine’s first season as the head of coach of the squad, the Women of Troy are immediately showing progress. A respectable 12-win season and six conference wins have vaulted the team from an 11th-place finish in 2013 to a fourth-place finish in the Pac-12 this season.The team has looked confident, and the commitment to the style and coaching philosophy that McAlpine and his staff have brought to Southern California has reaped immediate results.“I’m really proud of the team,” McAlpine said. “We challenged them to continually grow throughout the year, and they’ve done it.”From the start of the campaign both McAlpine and the team echoed the fact that success would be measured by their ability to make the playoff tournament. Now, their primary goal has been accomplished and they are looking to extend their success for as long as possible.“Our goal is not over yet,” junior midfielder Jamie Fink said. “The main goal right now is to win an NCAA championship and that’s the next step.”They will get their chance to take their first step towards that goal against a familiar opponent, when they face the Pepperdine Waves this Saturday afternoon.The Waves came into their Sept. 21 matchup at McAllister Field bearing a single loss to No. 1 UCLA before facing the then-undefeated Women of Troy. After outshooting the Waves 19-13 throughout the match, the Women of Troy ended up falling by a lone goal, as their relentless second half attack and effort was not enough to net them the equalizer.Since then, this Pepperdine squad has only lost one of their matches, and overall, they have only been on the losing side once when playing in Malibu during their entire 2014 campaign. Thanks to Pepperdine forward Lynn Williams, who has amassed a total of 12 goals throughout the season, the Lady Waves are outscoring opponents 20-7 since their game against USC.That match was also a turning point in the opposite direction for the Women of Troy given that their first loss to the Lady Waves began the toughest stretch of their season as they went on to lose four out of the next six games.But the resilience of this squad that was evident early in the season — such as in South Bend, Indiana when the Women of Troy beat Notre Dame and Iowa State — resurged when they went on to win four of their final five conference matches en route to the tournament berth and this matchup against one of their California neighbors.For the Women of Troy, the explosive offense that was seen throughout non-conference play could not have come back at a better time. Six goals and four straight wins later, the offense seems to be firing back on all cylinders at the perfect time.“The experiences we’ve had playing through the conference will help,” McAlpine said. “We’ve played some of the top teams in the country.”Due in large part to senior midfielder Alex Quincey, whose 10 goals lead the team and whose minutes have increased throughout the season, the offense will play a big role in Saturday’s match. Once again, the Women of Troy will be facing a strong defensive team and being able to finish and score will be key. This time around they hope to find themselves in a superior position rather than in an early deficit compounded with the inability to finish and win.The Women of Troy certainly have their work cut out for them, but given the display they exhibited against the Waves in that early-season matchup, McAlpine believes a win is within reach.“There’s some familiarity in this game which gives them some confidence,” McAlpine said. “That will certainly help.”The mantra this team has adopted will continue on to the postseason, and their focus continues to be on only the game at hand.“We’re gonna take one game at a time,” Fink said. “But this is also a time to take on revenge and it’s a perfect opportunity for us.”USC gets its shot at revenge and a coveted ticket to the next round this Saturday at 1 p.m. in Malibu, California.last_img read more