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?
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.
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.
There’s a common narrative out there about “coming out”: that it’s a singular event and the truth shall set you free. But isn’t it more complex? How do we learn to discern when we choose to be open and when we hold information back? Grace Huang Ditsworth, as they’d describe themselves, is someone who is constantly coming out.
A new report from a hunger relief group says military families are relying more on food banks and emergency aid to get by. During the pandemic, some military spouses lost their jobs or had their hours cut, which put more pressure on their household budgets.
A mid-career gap year helped one woman take charge of her own life
Even though she had always wanted to take time off to travel, Amber J. Adams didn’t see many of her peers taking gap years. But being laid off from her job in New York was the sign she needed to pack her bags for a nine-month trip around the world.
Jacqueline Thomas has been running her busy day care business for the past 10 years, and she’s faced everything from insufficient government funding to long waitlists for her services. What’s kept her going? Her love of children — and dreams to go big.
What happens when demand for child care exceeds supply?
The lack of options for high-caliber, affordable and dependable child care has reached a critical stage. A small North Dakota town’s collaborative solution to the problem is attracting attention from other cities.
Traditionally, a number of Indigenous tribes embraced those who today might identify as LGBTQ or gender-nonconforming as valued members of the community. The Two Spirit movement aims to bridge the past and present.
In 2017, producer and radio host Robert Pilot launched a radio show on a local AM station in Minnesota to tell the stories of water protectors opposed to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Toxic positivity: Seemingly innocuous comments towards little people can be harmful
For people with dwarfism, trying to be accepted in society is a constant, uphill struggle. Though they may sound validating, toxically positive remarks can reinforce little peoples’ feelings of being misunderstood.
In the auto-repair business, outdated gender norms and misogyny are not unheard of. Women will tell you it’s a dirty job in more ways than one – but they are doing it, while training and mentoring others along the way.
New Jersey-based photographer Deirdre Ryan has been documenting women mechanics, racers and automotive hobbyists since 2018. Four women she’s photographed share some of their stories about their affection for cars and being “sheCanics.”
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.
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.
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.