Simon Tam Keynote from Courageous Inclusion Conference 2017

My keynote speech for the 2017 Northwest Public Employees Conference, Courageous Inclusion, is available to watch on YouTube:


Culturally Competent Communications

There's a growing trend in the intersection between diversity, equity, and inclusion work and marketing: culturally competent communications. I've even delivered a couple of workshops on the topic. It's related to other fields of cultural competence -  understanding and appropriately responding to the unique combination of cultural variables and the full range of dimensions of … Continue reading Culturally Competent Communications

What Whiteness History Month is Already Teaching Us

In Portland, Oregon, a brave community college launched a new project that “seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems that stem from racism.” It’s called Whiteness History Month. And it has received equal parts scorn as well as praise. It should be noted that the endeavor itself isn’t “White … Continue reading What Whiteness History Month is Already Teaching Us


Give Racism a Chance

This is the text of my TEDxSpokane talk that I recently delivered. In light of the protests and events taking place across our country now, I thought it would be appropriate to share. When the video is available, I will be posting it here. In November of 2013, I did an interview with Travel & … Continue reading Give Racism a Chance


TEDxSpokane, NW Public Employees Diversity Conference, Shonen Knife

What an incredible past 4 days! Things kicked off on Saturday night in Portland, OR, when my band (The Slants) debuted our new lead singer and shared the stage with Japanese pop punk legends, Shonen Knife. It was an incredible show - many local friends joined us at the show and gave Ken (our singer) … Continue reading TEDxSpokane, NW Public Employees Diversity Conference, Shonen Knife