This refreshing handbook—equally useful in the boardroom, the classroom, and the living room—captures insightful lessons from personal encounters with diversity.
Award-winning author Dr. Joan Lester is a talented storyteller. Her generous voice sheds keen insight, humor and practical advise on the polarizing dilemmas of living with diversity.
Lester, co-founder and director of a national organization called Equity Institute, here collects pieces published previously in newspapers encompassing her superficial observations about society's inclusion and exclusion of African Americans, Native Americans, women, the physically imparied, gays and lesbians. She cautions against stereotyping groups or individuals, and against relating ethnic jokes. About herself, Lester tells us that one of her husbands, the father of her children, was black, and that she has been with a female partner for 13 years. She may have a message in these pages for those unsophisticated about multiculturalism, but she largely fails at her stated mission of ``turning isms into wasms .''