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UPCOMING DIVERSITY CONVERSATIONS - Members Only

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."

JUNE DIVERSITY MESSAGE


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

June is the month in Chicago when the Platonic Ideal of summer becomes reality. The temperature and days are perfect and we can snicker at our sweltering friends and colleagues in Arizona and Florida who laugh at us as we endure January.

June is also Juneteenth Freedom Day which is June 19, 2022. This celebrates June 19, 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas 2.5 years after it was officially declared in 1863.

This is certainly a wonderful day of celebration, but it should be seen as a beginning, not an end in itself. What has followed since 1865 - the undermining impulses of Reconstruction, Jim Crow laws, sharecropping, the horrendous terrorism of lynching, the rise of the KKK and now the mass shootings that happened recently at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, NY where eleven of thirteen people shot were African American by an 18 year old Caucasian who deliberately targeted this supermarket because it was frequented by African American shoppers is just the most current outrage.

I often hear from some of my Caucasian sisters and brothers about how society is becoming more and more “color blind” over time, but when “legitimate” news sources repeat such lies as replacement theory and white nationalism, I can become discouraged and wonder if things will ever really change.

In order to mitigate my own sense of discouragement and maybe yours too, I would like to quote from Daniel Gillison, Jr. who wrote on June 17, 2021 for Juneteenth Freedom Day on the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website:

“The wounds of historical, generational racial trauma run deep. And while confronting trauma is never easy, the willingness to be vulnerable and honest about it is always the first step toward healing. Juneteenth is an opportunity for us as an organization, as individuals and as a country to do just that. Some days may feel like three steps forward; other days may feel like two steps back. That’s ok. The important thing is that we don’t give up. That both together and by ourselves we keep striving, that we keep hoping, and that we keep building on the legacy of freedom our ancestors began. There is a saying in mental health: recovery is not linear. Healing is a work in progress. It turns out, freedom is too.”

RESOURCE LIST

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

FILM

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.

THEATER

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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