From the Desk of Diversity
Northwestern's Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter
History and Health Care
Agatha Tiegel Hanson (1873-1959) is our history champion of the month. She became deaf at an early age and went on to advocate for women's access to education and awareness of education challenges for deaf students. The National Women's History Project named her as one of the 2014 Honorees of Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment for her work. She managed to do great things for the deaf community and women, and her work even brought her to Minnesota for a number of years. We celebrate her unique contribution to equality and applaud her ability to serve multiple aspects of her identity. Every year the National Women's History Project sets the theme for celebrating women.
March 8 is International Women's Day. Women have traditionally shouldered the difficulties of child rearing, poverty, HIV, and lack of education opportunities in the world. This day is a celebration of the women of the world. When women are empowered, their communities become better places for them, their neighbors, their families, and the global population. The United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women will be reviewing progress for Millennium Development Goals from March 10-21.
The United States Office on Women's Health offers valuable information about an array of women's health topics including cardiovascular health, violence against women, diabetes mellitus, mammograms, breastfeeding, and cancer.
Thank you to the many women of the world whose dedication to their own rights and the rights of their sisters and daughters has created a changing world where gender equality is a basic tenet of judging the success of our collective human rights.
Nominate your Dignity & Respect Champion
Know about anyone in our university community that is shaking things up and changing the world?
Click here to recognize your favorite Dignity & Respect Champion by March 15.
In five minutes, you can 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!
Microaggressions and Speaking Out
Eliminating microaggressions will be tough!
It is nice to think that most people mean no harm with their microaggressions, but the simple fact remains that individuals on the receiving end are harmed. When our experiences place us in situations where we observe a microaggression or personally engage in microaggressive prejudices, we have a chance to stand up and speak out. We can apologize for our insensitivity and strive to think more fairly about the people around us. We can tell our employers, families and friends, instructors, religious leaders, and elected officials that we expect better from ourselves and each other.
When we permit microaggressions to remain unacknowledged as true inequity, we are passively endorsing discrimination that separates the diversities of our human experience instead of celebrating all of the possible intersections of identity.
To learn more click here.
Submitted by Beau Foshee
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Get Involved with Diversity & Inclusion
- Join our MN AIDS Walk Team
- Nominate a Dignity & Respect Champion by March 15.
- Diversity Volunteer Party: March 20 11-1 Fireside Lounge. Lunch on us.
- Next Book Club: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide
- Join one of our cultural clubs.
- Want to write for Desk of Diversity? Book Club book suggestion? Engaging diversity activity idea? Contact Dr. Dashe at firstname.lastname@example.org.