How Diverse is Your Diversity?

Well, my friend Stacey told me that the average job search lasts six months. Depending on how you count it – I’m either in my sixth month or my fourth month. I’m not freaking out yet. I have faith that my 13 years of experience as an educator will be attractive to an Austin school. Or that my 13 years of working as a senior staff member in nonprofit organizations will be attractive to another nonprofit organization here in Austin.

In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about the word diversity. I think that people use the word ‘diversity’ when they mean ‘includes members of some minorities.’ I think people are trying to make diverse staff teams that include some black people or some brown people or some gay people.

I’m not black or brown or gay, but I bet your organization doesn’t have anyone like me. I’ve lived in New York City, Jerusalem, Northern and Southern California as well as Austin, Texas. I’m not just Jewish. I’m a rabbi. A woman rabbi.

So, I guess the question really is: Is there a great school or a great nonprofit that is diverse enough to need me?

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