A two-time Olympic skier’s search for the smell of success
Many athletes have tried to invoke “the zone,” but when former freestyle mogul skier Michelle Roark was training for the Olympics, she turned visualization into a science. Roark concocted an original fragrance to wear and refocus her energy on the slopes, which would become her signature ski scent.
Racial awakening leads to organizational introspection, action
University of Maryland-Baltimore’s Chief Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer and Vice President Diane Forbes Berthoud sees her job as one that fosters strategies to generate empathy for others and benefits students, faculty and the surrounding community.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are not just about counting numbers
After racial uprisings last May, companies rushed to hire chief of diversity officers, making it one of the fastest-growing positions in the previous year. So how does this change lead to even more diversity from the executive level to the front lines?
Before the pandemic, a group of older Nashvillians founded a free line dancing class at the Hadley Park Community Center. The bonds they’ve formed there have helped them overcome the health issues and isolation that many seniors experience. And now, support from this community is giving the dancers strength to face the uncertainty of this year.
Steven Green became the center of attention when a photo of him modeling for Rihanna’s lingerie brand Savage X Fenty went viral. Steven talks about being in the spotlight and the importance of body inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry.
Differences big and small in BASL reflect Black culture, history
Languages reflect the groups that use them — sign language is no different. While some elements of Black American Sign Language adhere more closely to traditional American Sign Language, others arose from historical and cultural influences.
Strong but not silent: Black Deaf culture stakes its claim
Intersectional discrimination necessitated the birth of Black American Sign Language. But the vibrant culture that sprang forth from it continues to sustain a new generation of scholars, influencers and everyday people.
Casandra Xavier, who is deaf-blind, turned her frustrations around being marginalized into advocacy. She shares the nuances of Black American Sign Language and disability legislation she’s fighting for in Massachusetts.
Small town battles 50 years of unchecked flooding issues
Every time it rains in Centreville, Illinois, it floods. Residents’ yards fill with stormwater, toilet paper, and even raw sewage. Meet some of the people who are trying to do something about this recurring public health and human rights disaster — just a 15-minute drive outside St. Louis.
George MacDonald has been hand-making shepherd’s crooks at his farm, Ewesfull Acres, for the last 30 years using unique material like Scottish blackface ram’s horns, water buffalo horn, and hazelnut branches harvested on his farm.
More than 4 in 5 teens have either missed class time or know a classmate who missed class time because they did not have access to period products. Two high school students were on a mission to change that.
No More Secrets, an organization in Philadelphia, delivers three to five months’ worth of menstrual hygiene products to those who can’t afford them, including local residents and beyond. Video courtesy of “You Oughta Know” from WHYY-TV.
Growing economic inequality and dwindling school budgets are creating barriers for kids who want to participate in organized sports. A school in Houston is aiming to narrow the gap and give their kids a shot on the field.
Members of the Twin Cities-based comedy group FAWK (Funny Asian Women Kollective) Saymoukda Vongsay and May Lee-Yang, along with Chicago-based comedian Elizabeth Gomez, share how they created a space for Asian women comedians free of censorship and reflect on the recent anti-Asian violence.
This summer, Juneteenth became a national holiday. Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed’s recent memoir ‘On Juneteenth’ explores the holiday’s significance and her own childhood memories celebrating Juneteenth in Texas.
Symptom checkers can arm people with information before a doctor’s visit, but experts point to a downside: a high probability for misdiagnosis. Here are the highest-ranked online tools for finding out what ails you.
Alone and afraid, an American college student studying abroad turned to the internet for answers about a host of increasingly painful and alarming symptoms. At first, she concluded it was Covid-19. More searches, and a doctor’s visit, revealed the truth.
When a playground divided her family, this mom designed one herself, with kindness and inclusion in mind. In the process, she addressed the real needs of kids and parents striving to create a society that wants to play together.
Efforts to halt Native-themed names, imagery gain traction
The use of Native American names and imagery is under national debate. Many educational institutions and some professional sports franchises have abandoned offensive mascots, while some colleges retain official partnerships with tribes.
Ban opens door to education, conversation and healing
Washington state Rep. Debra Lekanoff talks about banning Native mascots in schools, the importance of bringing Native and American communities together, and educating others about Native American culture.
Highlights of the progress to rid sports of hurtful images
Decades of protest against racist stereotypes have led to mascot changes in high school, college and professional sports. In 2020, the Washington Football Team finally succumbed to the pressure to drop its controversial team name, in use since 1933.
Religious invocations render aid and comfort amid crisis
With public worship curtailed, personal devotions strengthen believers’ faith in the power of prayer to help them through these anxious times. ‘I’ve seen people’s spiritual lives deepen’ during the pandemic, noted one high-profile Christian author.
In this 'new normal,' these prayers encourage and uplift
During the pandemic, religious scholars and authors from myriad denominations provided words of prayer ranging from entreaties for overall well-being to specific themes, such as intercessions for nursing home residents and ‘the new normal to come.’
Man’s faith sustained him through dad’s Covid-19 battle
When Faran Ahmad’s father was hospitalized with the coronavirus, he turned to prayer for comfort, finding peace in his connection to Allah, and ultimately, to extended family members living in Pakistan.