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Stay tuned for upcoming conversation information. We are creating our program and will post soon!

If you have questions or suggestions for topics, please submit to Tatyana Fertelmeyster

NIEAPA members shall seek to develop an awareness of their own personal and cultural values and beliefs as one way of appreciating the importance of multicultural identities in our own lives and in the lives of those we serve. NIEAPA members shall have and continue to develop specialized knowledge and understanding about the values, traditions and systems of all employees at the workplaces they serve."


Hello Spring! Many of us know that May is dedicated to Mental Health Awareness month, but did you know that it has been observed since 1949 in the United States? Forty years later, the Association of Labor and Management

Administrators and Consultants on Alcoholism (ALMACA) officially changed to the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA). Let’s continue to break the stigma surrounding mental health by addressing how stress impacts the workplace and our relationships with loved ones.
Also, Jewish American Heritage and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage is celebrated for the 
rich history woven into the fabric of our communities and workforce. If I can be fully candid in this message, growing up in Southern California many times I was perceived as a “perpetual visitor”. No matter where I went, my features signaled, foreigner. No one would know that I am a 4th generation Japanese American, and it is very humbling to have a month designated to my heritage. 

Needless to say, let us celebrate each other and continue to be self-aware as we journey through our life’s work as a son, daughter, parent, friend, neighbor, supervisor, auntie, uncle, EAP, grandparent, brother, sister, partner, and community member.


Following is the beginning of a list of films, plays, books, TV shows, music - any artistic expression more or less that touches on issues of diversity. If you have suggestions, please email them to the Diversity Committee via Scott Janson


Get Out - Directed by Jordan Peele
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling pointClick here for discussion notes.


HIR - written by Taylor MacEm Grosland, Amy Morton, Ty Olwin and Francis GuinanPhoto Michael Brosilow
After a dishonorable discharge from the military for drug-related offenses, Isaac returns home from Afghanistan, expecting to confront his abusive father, protect his mother and sister, and relax into his old bedroom. His expectations are dashed, as he walks into a different kind of chaos. Click here for write up of performance provided by Scott Cullen-Benson.

(Photo Information: 
Em Grosland, Amy Morton, Ty Olwin and Francis Guinan/Photo: Michael Brosilow)

Northern Illinois Chapter Employee Assistance Professionals Association (NIEAPA)

Address: 400 E. Randolph #2305, Chicago. IL 60601
Phone: +1 (312) 756-7756
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