Diversity & Equity Newsletter

February 2022

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This February, we are focusing on expanding our understanding of Black History in the United States beyond the leaders we more commonly hear about. We are learning about inventors, activists, athletes, and other important people in history and current events.

When Did We Start Recognizing Black History Month?

Black History Month became a nationally observed month in 1976 under President Gerald Ford but has a longer, lesser-known history as an annual observance week. In 1915, Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) after frustrations in school with only learning history from specific group's points of view. This foundation would promote studying Black History, as well as celebrating the accomplishments of African Americans.


In order to help schools better organize their efforts, Woodson launched "Negro History Week" in 1926. He chose the second week in February since it encompassed both Frederick Douglass’ birthday on February 14 and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12. Much later, in the 60's, schoolbooks were still found to only mention two black people for the entire century since the Civil War and something further needed to be done. Universities and colleges started adopting Black History Month into their activities, and in 1976, President Ford declared it a national observance on the 50th anniversary of its first celebration.


Since then, each year Black History Month has had different themes. This year's theme is "Black Health and Wellness."

Celebrating Diversity Outside of Heritage/Awareness Months

People notice when they only hear about certain groups during awareness months, especially children that belong to those groups. It is our job as adults in their lives to share knowledge and role models with our children. While heritage months are incredibly important, it is also important to not only discuss topics during those months. Four ways we can continue to have these conversations throughout the entire year include:


  1. Consciously increase representation in your everyday activities.
  2. Learn about important historical figures all year round, not just in their corresponding awareness/heritage month.
  3. Model awareness and ally-ship
  4. Encourage cultural sharing
  5. Redirect and correct disrespectful actions
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Kay and Ev are presenting at the #NBOA2022 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Feb. 20-23. Check out their session "Difference as an Asset: Cultivating Neurodiverse Communities" on Monday, February 21st at 3pm. Check out the full conference agenda here: https://www.nboaannualmeeting.org/program.
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ASUA Presents: Bag Bingo!

Saturday, Feb. 26th, 7pm

493 South Bethlehem Pike

Fort Washington, PA

Join us on February 26 for our 21+ Big Bingo Fundraiser!


Tickets are $30 per person, or $275 for a table of ten.


Doors open at 6pm

Games start at 7pm


  • BYO food
  • Cash bar
  • Snacks available for purchase


To purchase tickets, contact Trish@AStepUpAcademy.org by February 22.

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ASUA Presents: Trivia!

Saturday, April 2nd, 7pm

493 South Bethlehem Pike

Fort Washington, PA

Join us on April 2 for our 21+ Trivia Fundraiser!


Tickets are $30 per person, or $275 for a table of ten.


Doors open at 6pm

Games start at 7pm


  • BYO food
  • Cash bar
  • Snacks available for purchase


To purchase tickets, contact Trish@AStepUpAcademy.org by March 26.

On The Spectrum Panels - Interest Survey

The Diversity and Equity Committee will be hosting panel-style workshops featuring adults on the autism spectrum. Please fill out this form so we can see what topics and questions you might like to have covered during these sessions.

Diversity Terminology & Language Glossary

Check out the Diversity Terminology & Language Glossary for current terms and language used to talk about diversity topics. This document will be frequently updated to keep on top of the ever-changing conversations about language usage.

Diversity & Equity Suggestion Box

Do you have a topic or issue for the Diversity & Equity Committee to discuss? Have you found a resource, tool, etc you think would be beneficial to our goals? Do you have any questions or suggestions? This form is anonymous.

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