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Northwestern's Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter

History and Health Care

March is a busy month for celebrating heritage groups. We celebrate women's history, the Irish, and deaf history.

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

Microagressions are small snippets of language, behavior, and attitudes that express hostility and discrimination against someone that is perceived to be different from the person that is expressing the intolerance. They are both intentional and unintentional in nature, and the aggressor might not even be aware of the impact of their projected feelings. Microaggressions can be part of the subtle "us" and "them" dichotomy that categorizes humanity into varying degrees of status and subsequent inequality. They are symptomatic of larger scale discrimination. These are used against people on the basis of nationality, ethnicity, gender, differing abilities, health status, mental health, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, veteran status, and every single thing that any person could use to marginalize someone else.

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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Thursday, March 20th, 11am-1pm

2501 W 84th St

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Please come to our Diversity Volunteer Party. Learn about volunteer opportunities at Northwestern and in our community. Lunch is on us!

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