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The mid-career workers pivoting to dream jobs
June 21, 2023

After roughly three decades in a career, Eric Vogelsang, director of the Center on Aging at California State University, San Bernardino, says many Gen Xers might have a sense that, if they’re going to make a change, it’s now or never. “Thirty years [in the workforce] is a long time,” he says. “And I think part of it might be that they see this as a final chance to do it.”

Millions of workers have changed careers throughout the past several years, beginning during the Great Resignation – professional pivots which some experts re-named the ‘Great Reshuffle’. And although young workers – particularly millennials – have largely led the trend as the workers most eager to re-direct their job paths, Gen X also reports undertaking career pivots:  for many of these more seasoned workers, the past few years have opened an opportunity to consider pursuing dreams. Many have decided to take the leap.

Report cites more than 350 anti-L.G.B.T.Q. incidents over 11 months
The New York Times
June 22, 2023

An article about increasing bias against the L.G.B.T.Q. community reported that an upcoming report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino shows a 52 percent increase in anti-L.G.B.T.Q. hate crimes around the country in 2022 and a 28 percent increase in the narrower anti-transgender category, according to the center’s director, Brian Levin. It also shows a 47 percent increase in hate crimes against gender-nonconforming people, which the report defines as including drag performers.

Historical data indicates that increases in hate crimes are closely related to increases in hateful rhetoric from politicians and other influential figures, Levin said, adding that he was very concerned about the current trend.

Politicians and activists also now regularly and baselessly accuse transgender people of pedophilia and “grooming,” resurrecting a campaign that was used against gay people for decades. That was the most commonly cited trope in the documented incidents of harassment and assault.

“It’s going to continue,” Levin said, “as long as this kind of bigotry is normalized and mainstreamed.”

Leadership inclusion theory: a grounded theory study on hotel executives
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

Michelle Russen (marketing/hospitality management) with external faculty from the University of Houston and Florida International University recently published a study that develops a theory that explains how organizations can create a more inclusive atmosphere on the individual, organizational and societal levels. The consequences of an inclusive environment were subsequently developed and explored.

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