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01 Jun Celebrating Pride Month

Pride is a celebration of LGBTQIA+ identity and the freedom, beauty and wonder that comes from simply loving who you want to love, no matter how you express your gender. LGBTQIA+ Pride is meant to celebrate the dignity and joy in representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, non-binary, non-conforming and pansexual persons, as well as anyone else who doesn’t necessarily fit into cisgender and heteronormative boxes. The term “pride” is a deliberate one, as it directly counters the feelings of shame and guilt, as well as the stigma that is often slapped onto LGBTQIA+-identifying people. (source) Pride Month, which usually sees calendars filled with festivals and in-person gatherings, offers the chance for millions within the community and their allies to gather and celebrate being out and proud. Pride will march on this year, just to a different tune. Thanks to a slew of events taking place online, the LGBTQ community will still be able to connect to celebrate its resilience, diversity and history.  (source) Join data2insight as we work to find new virtual ways to celebrate Pride Month.  Check out this list of some events from around the world....

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25 May Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, part 4

In celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, the Society of Women Engineers has been highlighting technical and industry leaders in their Asian Connections Affinity Group. The Society of Women Engineers is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. Part 1 of the series highlights Tuyet-Hanh Schnell (Lead Member Engineering Staff at Lockheed Martin Corporation), Vanessa Li (Technical Manager at Novelis, Inc.), and Priya Sumal (Senior Manager, GPUSW Test Engineering Mac HW). ...

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18 May Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, part 3

Data2insight is always looking for ways to help commemorate such a month.  We’ve searched the internet and found some great ways that you, too, can participate in celebrating the Asian/Pacific American Heritage: Insider staff at organizations that represent, support, and serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US provided their recommendations for must-read books sharing the experiences of AAPI people in America. Billboard can exclusively share the first details on Spotify’s plans for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month that launches today, May 4, with "Our Roots. Our Sound." The campaign kicks off with the Amplify: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month hub that highlights playlists, podcasts and other listening experiences from those established and rising in the community. PBS Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month with Documentary Series.  Produced for PBS, the series explores over 150 years of Asian-American history from when the Chinese first worked on the railroads to today.  Premieres on PBS on May 11. ...

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11 May Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, part 2

Every May during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share those histories and the continuing culture thriving in parks and communities today.  May 2020 Monthly Theme: Commemorating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history. NPS parks, programs, and partners can highlight the stories of the triumphs, perseverance, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as we also recognize how people of today continue to share and preserve their natural and cultural heritage. (source) Join data2insight as we check out the National Park Service’s activities in celebration of Asian/Pacific Heritage month....

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04 May Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, part 1

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island). (source) The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. (source) Join data2insight as we celebrate Asian/Pacific Heritage Month....

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20 Apr Celebrating Earth Day!

Earth Day is April 22 of every year. April 22, 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day.  The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. Check out the interactive map here to find out how you can join data2insight and help this year for Earth Day!...

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13 Apr Celebrating International Moment of Laughter Day

International Moment of Laughter Day is celebrated on April 14, 2020. The goal of this day is to get people to laugh, because "laughter is the best medicine". The unofficial holiday, created by humorologist Izzy Gesell, encourages people to forget the stresses of daily life and give into the healing and relaxing power of laughter.  Medical studies have shown that laughing reduces stress, increases blood flow, and lowers blood sugar levels. Some studies have found that people who laugh just before going to bed are much more likely to sleep better than those who did not.  Laughter is a way to spread joy and happiness and bring cheer in the lives of other people. Join data2insight as we look for ways to have moments of laughter to help us get through these tough times....

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06 Apr National Stress Awareness Month

Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.  Despite this running for nearly 30 years, we have got a long way to go.  (source) What can you do for Stress Awareness Month? Talk about Stress and its effects – lets work together to reduce the stigma that is associated with stress by talking about the topic openly and freely with friends, family and colleagues. Share your coping mechanisms – if something has worked for you why not share it. It might benefit someone you care about and in the meantime, it might help you take your focus off your own challenges. Be nice to those who are stressed and anxious – we are all undoubtedly going to experience stress and anxiety in our lifetime so treat others going through wit with compassion and empathy. Look after yourself – we all need to think more about self –care. Take time out of your day to relax or do something that you enjoy. Don’t forget to exercise and eat well, even when you feel too stressed. ...

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16 Mar Celebrating Women’s History Month!

Continuing to celebrate Women's History Month, let's take a look at two extraordinary women who have taken technology to a new level. Susan Kare, Iconographer. We don’t often think about the people who make our screen experiences work so well. But there is one iconic (ahem) designer that Ayogo’s Maddy Bazett chose as an inspirational woman in technology. Susan Kare is a digital designer’s designer. If you have used the fonts Chicago, Geneva or Monaco, you have benefited from Kare’s excellent eye. Her most well known icons include the Macintosh trash can, the scissors, the pointing “paste” hand, and the formatting paintbrush. What a legacy. Since 1983, Kare has designed thousands of icons for the world’s leading software companies. Utilizing a minimalist grid of pixels and constructed with mosaic-like precision, her icons communicate their function immediately and memorably, with wit and style,” wrote the Museum of Modern Art in New York.   Irene Au, Human Computer Interaction Designer.  Irene Au created her own program of study in human-computer interaction. She built exceptional design teams for Google and Yahoo before joining Khosla Ventures as an Operating Partner. Stacey Hagel, an artist and UX designer explains why Irene Au is an influence on her work: “Irene’s passion was to build technology inspired by people’s needs directed at solving real problems. She went on to be among the first designers with such a background in the consumer Internet space and began her career as an interaction designer. AND she teaches yoga!!!” Check out more iconic women here and celebrate Women's History Month with data2insight!...

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