From the Desk of Diversity
What's happening in January?
National Mentoring Month: January (annually)
National Mentoring Month honors people who mentor others to make a difference in someone’s life, inspire learning and achievement, and create social change from the ground up. There are a few organizations that champion this effort: Harvard University, Mentor, The National Mentor Partnership, and the Office of the President of the United States.
World Religion Day: January 19 (third Sunday in January annually)
World Religion Day is a Baha’i holiday that recognizes the beauty in humanity’s religious diversity. Typically, a prayer honoring God and all humans is recited on this day. Visit the Minneapolis Baha’i community if you are interested to learn more.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Day of Service: January 20 (third Monday in January annually)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday that remembers the social justice and Civil Rights Movement work that Martin Luther King, Jr. I provide for you here King’s famous speech, I Have a Dream. This day is also known as MLK Day of Service. What are ways that you can serve Northwestern? Your community? Your nation? Click on the MLK Day of Service link or United We Serve link to find opportunities in your community.
Chinese New Year: January 31-February 14 (follows Chinese solar-lunar calendar)
Chinese New Year is a 15-day long celebration, with each day having its own significance. There are a number of taboos and foods, like tangyuan (I might try the recipe that I linked there), which are sweet rice dumplings. This year is the year of the Horse. You can celebrate Chinese New Year with Northwestern on February 11 from 5:30-9:00pm in the cafeteria. Be sure to save the date!
More information on these dates can be found at the Diversity Best Practices website.
January 23 Office of Diversity & Inclusion (Diversity Commission) Meeting - 11:00-1:00 pm in L6, RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
February 10 Safe at Northwestern (Part II) - training from 2:00-5:00 in L6 - RSVP to email@example.com
February 11 Chinese New Year Celebration - 5:30-9:00 pm in the cafeteria - information forthcoming
NWHSU Diversity Initiatives in Action
Science Fusion at the Science Museum of Minnesota: In January and February, faculty and staff are being joined by students that represent all of the colleges at our school. We will seek to reach out to underrepresented student populations in our respective disciplines. There is still space available if you would like to serve with us. Please contact Alejandra Dashe at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New Eyes Festival
Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 12am to Sunday, Jan. 26th, 12am
2301 East Franklin Avenue
Fiesta Folclórica Multicultural
Scholarship and Dignity & Respect Information
Contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion
The Purpose of Diversity & Inclusion at Northwestern is to create a richer understanding of humanity, education, and health care.
Our Responsibility to Northwestern is to ensure that we have an inclusive, a diverse, and a safe environment for all members of the university community and communities we serve.
To fulfill the Purpose and Responsibility:
· We treat everyone with genuine respect and dignity.
· We foster cultural competency.
· We challenge unconscious bias.
· We cultivate local and global access to health care and education.
· We champion equity in all that we do.