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12 Jul A Nation’s Story: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

As we continue to share our thoughts on the theme of freedom and independence and what to be free and independent means to the African-American community, I wanted to share the question that Fredrick Douglass once famously posed "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" This year the Fourth of July takes on even greater meaning than usual, as the country prepares to celebrate its independence and a measure of freedom - with more opportunities to safely spend the holiday with friends and loved ones. Indeed, the notion of “independence,” of freedom, is cause for celebration. Yet it is important to remember that in 1776 the newly independent nation, free from the tyranny of the British, still held hundreds of thousands of African Americans in captivity.  Please use this link to read excerpts from Fredrick Douglass's famous speech given July 5, 1845 at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York....

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06 Jul Fourth of July and the Cancel Culture. Is the Fourth of July the next to go?

As we wrap up the 4th of July celebrations, for the next few weeks, we'd like to share some headlines around the themes of freedom and independence.  What does the 4th of July really mean?  Who's independence and freedom are we celebrating?   Arthur Dobrin, D.S.W., who teaches applied ethics at Hofstra University, writes an interesting article about whether or not every American, today and in the past, takes pride on this American holiday. "While we struggle with the proper way to socialize around Fourth of July celebrations because of COVID-19, there are questions about what it is that we celebrate. Statues are dismantled, torn down, or moved and there is a reassessment of once-venerated and heroic figures. So what is it, exactly, that is being celebrated with fireworks and hamburgers? In part, it is the declaration of independence from Great Britain. But the holiday is also meant to honor the document to which people put their signatures and therefore their fortunes and their lives on the line." Arthur Dobrin.  Please click link for more.    ...

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15 Jun Juneteenth Day – An Important National Holiday To Commemorate The End Of Slavery In The United States

As St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said “It’s important that we all take the opportunity to commemorate the historic gravity of Juneteenth.  It’s a day to appreciate the changes that we have seen since the 19th century, while also reflecting upon how we can each play a role in the changes that are yet to come.” What is the historical significance of Juneteenth and why should we celebrate? Our team at data2Insight hails from many parts of the US and as we continue to fight for justice and equality for all Black Americans, we will be honoring this critical day in our history.  Please see below how some states that we are from are participating in this important day and why this day has become such a significant  celebration in their communities. Washington State Missouri Virginia Connecticut California Texas...

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07 Jun LGBT TIG Week: Becoming an evaluation ally to international LGBTI civil society organizations

Robin Lin Miller, Professor at Michigan State University, where she directs doctoral training in Community Psychology and is also Associate Director of the Masters’ Degree and Certificate in Program Evaluation.  In this article, Ms. Miller writes about an evaluation that she conducted of a multi-country human rights advocacy initiative to challenge barriers faced by gay and bisexual men and transgender women to accessing HIV services in the global south; specifically, impediments due to stigma, discrimination, and violence. The project countries all struggle to meet sexual health needs of LGBTQI people. Please click on this link to read more. Check out this space on Wed when our founder, Veronica Smith, will have her blog post about shining a light on LGBTQIA STEM professionals....

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02 Jun The Month of June We Celebrate the Pride of LGBTQIA

Pride is the promotion and self-affirmation, equality, dignity and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex and asexual or allied (LGBTQIA) people as a social community. Pride, as opposed to social stigma and shame, is the overriding outlook that bolsters most LGBTQIA rights movements. Pride has given its name to LGBTQIA-themed organizations, institutes, foundations, book titles, periodicals, a cable TV station and the Pride Library.  Pride Day is officially celebrated on June 28 every year and the entire month of June is also designated as Pride Month.  To read more about how Pride is celebrated please click on this link: https://isilanguagesolutions.com/2020/06/22/celebrating-pride-day-and-month/  ...

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23 May Gender-Conscious Programs in Higher Education

The National Women’s Law Center has to released Making the Case: Gender-Conscious Programs in Higher Education, a resource to counter attacks on gender-conscious programs and explain when such programming is permissible and why it’s still necessary today. Check it out here: https://nwlc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/final_nwlc_2020_GenderConsciousReport.pdf  ...

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17 May National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day

National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day was first celebrated in 2009 by Starr Valentino. He believed that good things happen only when people come together as a community and help each other during good times and bad. Valentino has worked selflessly for years and today he has over 500 proclamations for Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day. These proclamations have poured in from villages, towns, and cities across the U.S. and Canada. Starr Valentino founded this day of care and consideration 12 years ago. What started as an altruistic effort gathered a lot of recognition from local politicians and, today, over 100 cities in the United States recognize this day! Valentino says that the day is dedicated to helping and kindness and a day for Americans to express love and gratitude toward each other. The day is celebrated in neighborhoods by acts of compassion, sharing, and caring....

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10 May 4 Ways to Celebrate National Nurses Week

During National Nurses Week and throughout the year, let's elevate the role that nurses play in delivering high-quality patient and resident care. There are many ways to celebrate and show your appreciation throughout Nurses Week, but check out a few of these ideas to get started. http://education.healthcaresource.com/celebrate-national-nurses-week/...

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