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What’s the deal with pronouns?
October 19, 2021 •  Noon - 1:00 PM

Join us for the Diversity Conversation session focused on that very question. In many professional and personal spaces today, people are struggling to find a common ground on what pronouns to use and why. For some, it's an issue of identity; for others - respect; for yet others - a push out of what feels comfortable and "normal".

As always, in our Diversity Conversations led by members of the NIEAPA Diversity and Inclusion Committee, we don't offer you a "dos and don'ts" list but engage with you in asking questions in search for answers together as clinicians, service providers, and human beings living in a complicated society in complicated time.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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

December 14, 2021

If they 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 Ellen Stone and the Diversity Committee

October is: Global Diversity Month and National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Some other important dates:

  • Hispanic Heritage month which continues from Sept. 15th to Oct. 15th
  • October 1st is: Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day and Oct. 29th is Latinx Women’s Equal Pay Day.
  • October 10th is World Mental Health Day
  • Oct. 11th is National Coming Out Day, designating the date in 1987 when a gay and lesbian equality march to Washington D.C. took place
  • Oct 11th, 2021, is also a Federal Holiday which is going through some transformation in the way it is being designated and celebrated in this country.  This is the subject of this month’s message.

For years, there have been objections to Columbus Day being a federal holiday due to the exploitative nature of the first European Explorers in America.

Since 2015, the District of Columbia, as well as many other states and localities have attempted to rename Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, to recognize the Indigenous Populations that have been displaced and, otherwise, negatively affected by colonization.

Presently, Oct. 11th, 2021 is still a Federal Holiday, and most banks and federal government facilities are closed. For the past few years, however, there is much more variety in how local and state governments are approaching the holiday. In some cases one holiday is replaced with the other and in other places, both holidays are recognized.

Here are some examples of how state governments have changed their observations through legislation:
In Alaska, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Wisconsin and DC, the holiday is named: Indigenous Peoples Day.

In Hawaii, the holiday is named: Discoverers Day, and in South Dakota, since 1990, it is called Native American Day.

In Chicago there is a great resource: The American Indian Center (AIC) which provides information and education about the rich Native American culture and its’ contributions to the US and the world. This month, the AIC is hosting the 68th Annual Chicago Pow Wow on October 8th -10th, 2021. For more information on this and the Centers’ other programs and initiatives, please contact: info@aicchicago.org.


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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