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Discerning Difference… Embracing Empowerment: Navigating Identity – An International Perspective

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit offices for my corporation in the Asia-Pacific region. During my trip, I observed interactions, learned about practices, and heard from residents of the countries I visited about their own experiences and perspective on identity, citizenship and diversity.  It was interesting to hear their experiences in comparison with my own observations and the overwhelming feeling of being an outsider in a foreign territory.  Depending on the personal background of my colleagues or the socioeconomic status – perceived or otherwise, I found some commonalities regarding dealing with one’s identity in the work place or within…

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Discerning Difference…Embracing Empowerment: To Protest or Not to Protest

I hesitated to post this first installment of my column. I wondered: Is this the appropriate forum and audience? Does this support my personal brand? Will it resonate with anyone? Is this topic even on point? It’s ironic to fear exposing a portion of my identity politics in a column about embracing one’s complete identity. Yet, here I am fearing just that -- exposure. Although so much of our identity is based on social construction and perceived realities, one’s identity is an extremely personal thing. It’s one thing to list your qualities, characteristics, and beliefs at a high level; it’s…

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Embracing Identity in the Profession

Identity theories have always been of interest to me. In college, critical identity theory served as a lens to how we interact with each other... how we come together... how we differ on issues... what causes people to connect and create community... what drives progress and change... During graduate studies and beyond, the personalization of the concept has impacted my contributions on my job, within the community and among friends and family.    So why mention it in a posting related to the legal profession?  Our personal identities are vital to our professional success. More directly, the embracing of and…

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