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

January 12, 2021

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."


Please take a couple minutes to read this beautiful message written by Carole Hoffman and the Diversity Committee.

January has some significant people and events related to diversity and inclusion. On January 1, 1863 President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which was to signal freedom of all the slaves. However, that did not really occur as the message was not given to all slaves. A day in the history of our country that truly marked the end of slavery was June 19, 1865. This is what many of us know now as “Juneteenth.”

A significant birthday in January is January 15. That is the actual birthday of one of the greatest civil rights activists in our country’s history, Martin Luther King, Jr.  Many people don’t know that as his actual birthday. Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday, and it is celebrated not on his actual birthday but on the third Monday of January. The date for 2022 is Monday, January 17.

I would ask that you go look up one of his most famous speeches that happened on the site on the Lincoln Memorial. “I had a Dream.”

January 4 is the birthday of Louis Braille. Who is he, you might ask. If you are one of the millions of visually impaired Americans, you might know him as the person responsible for braille. When we think of diversity and inclusion, people with handicaps need to be included. Braille is the tactile system that allows the visually impaired to read, to get off on the right floor in a hotel, and many other things.

The Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863

“I Have A Dream” — Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. 1963 


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)

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