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Newsletter: June 2024 Issue 1

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July is Disability Pride Month and BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

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July is already here and we have much to celebrate and bring awareness to important issues with Disability Pride Month and BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month.

Disability Pride Month

Disability Pride Month was created to commemorate the anniversary of the landmark 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Advocacy organization The Arc set the theme "We Want a Life Like Yours" this year to "reflect the disability community's dreams for life experiences that they are too often denied." The following are some resources to learn more about living with disabilities and ways you can commemorate this month.

BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month was formally recognized in 2008 and was originally called Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It was established to bring awareness to the unique challenges, including cultural and systemic barriers, People of Color face with mental heath. Bebe Moore Campbell was an author and journalist who struggled to get support for her daughter's mental illness and became a fierce advocate for BIPOC communities. Below are resources to learn more as well as links for accessing mental health care for BIPOC communities.

We also created a list to help you access mental health providers for People of Color which you can find on our blog here.


Have your registered for the next Train the Trainer workshop yet?

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The next Train the Trainer will take place on August 14-16th.

Participants will learn strategies and develop skills to take difficult conversations about race, privilege, and power to a deeper level and learn strategies for working with resistance.


Microaggressions E-Course Preview

We are currently offering two of the six foundational workshops as E-Courses. Microaggressions: What are they and Why are they Harmful? and Strategies for Addressing Microaggressions are available.

Whether you would like to offer this course as part of the onboarding at your organization or would like to take this course individually, E-Courses are an effective way to supplement your DEIBelonging learning.

Check out a preview below from Dr. Caprice Hollins' class Microaggression: What are they and Why are they Harmful? below. The classes are available to purchase directly on our E-Course site or if you'd like to offer this as part of your organization's learning for multiple employees, reach out to us for a group rate!


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It's a new month which means taking a look at our Diversity Calendar to look at significant dates to consider when planning meetings or events to create greater inclusion. New! Click on the name of the day to learn more!


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Upcoming DEIB/Social Justice Events

For details on these and other events, workshops, and conferences happening in the social justice space, visit our Events Calendar. If you have an event you would like us to share, please reach out to us!

  • 7/01: Study & Action for Palestine

  • 7/02: NAMI BIPOC Support Group

  • 7/02: Cultivating Ground: Foundations in Mindfulness

  • 7/04: NAMI LGBTQ+ Support Group

  • 7/06: Aware LA: First Saturday Dialogue

  • 7/09: Race Forward: Building Racial Equity: Foundations (Virtual)

  • 7/09: The Equity Consortium: Standardizing Equitable Complaint Systems

  • 7/10: Power Building for Racial Equity Virtual

  • 7/10: Begin Again: Mindfulness Techniques for Everyday Living

  • 7/11: Debby Irving: Transformational Conversations

  • 7/11: CARW: Monthly Connection Circle

  • 7/14: Conservative Cross-State Organizing: Lessons for Progressive Power-Building

  • 7/15: The Tender Work: Acknowledging white responsibility in a racialized World

...and more!


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