From the Desk of Diversity

Northwestern's Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter

History and Health Care

February is a great month of history and health care. It is Black History Month and American Heart Month. Read below to learn how they are related...


On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks, an African American seamstress, refused to give up her seat on a bus to a White man. Nine months earlier, another African American woman, named Claudette Colvin, also refused to give up her seat. These acts of bravery started the American Civil Rights Movement.


The American Civil Rights Movement paved the way to understanding economics and health care racial disparities. African Americans are greatly economically disadvantaged because of racism. Consider the known social, economic, and health risks for heart disease, namely food access, stress, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. It is no wonder the Office of Minority Health reports that that Black men have a 30% greater chance of dying of heart disease compared to White. The risk is 37% greater for Black women compared to White.*


Although these statistics seem dismal, times are changing. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that African Americans prefer to see CAM providers. Health insurance for 6.8 million African Americans is more affordable now. The Twin Cities is a great place to make these changes. All it takes are acts of bravery.


*corrected from original publication

Nominate your Dignity & Respect Champion

Didn't get a chance to get a Valentine's Day gift for your favorite Dignity & Respect Champion? Well, here’s your chance!


Click here to recognize your favorite Dignity & Respect Champion by March 15.

In five minutes, you can publicly recognize your coworkers and colearners

for their effort in supporting diversity and inclusion at Northwestern.


Your Champion is featured in the Hall of Honor and in Northwestern Today. Read more about our Champions here.


Let’s make everyone a champion!

Safe at Northwestern Ally II Training

Monday, March 3rd, 2pm

Room L4

You don't want to miss this!


Ally Training II will explore the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, class, ability, age, faith and culture through a critical discussion of power and privilege.


Plus snacks are provided. Join us!


All trainings are recorded.

More training opportunities this summer.

RSVP from here or email adashe@nwhealth.edu

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Thanks for a great Chinese New Year Celebration

Once again, Northwestern put on a great party for Chinese New Year. Lots of music, food, families, Tai Chi, dancing, and all around happiness and luck. Many thanks to the Chinese New Year Committee for organizing and, of course, to you for making it a great celebration. Look for more celebrations to come!
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