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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.

Get Involved!

January 21 Get plugged in, join a club or organization, and be active in our community. If you do not see an organization that represents you, please consider starting one - at Noon in the Foyer

January 23 Office of Diversity & Inclusion (Diversity Commission) Meeting - 11:00-1:00 pm in L6, RSVP

February 10 Safe at Northwestern (Part II) - training from 2:00-5:00 in L6 - RSVP to

February 11 Chinese New Year Celebration - 5:30-9:00 pm in the cafeteria - information forthcoming

Community Events

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 for more information.

New Eyes Festival

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 12am to Sunday, Jan. 26th, 12am

2301 East Franklin Avenue

Minneapolis, MN

22nd Annual Festival of new Asian American plays

Fiesta Folclórica Multicultural

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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.