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Newsletter: March 2024 Issue 1


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New Workshops from Dr. J.P. Anderson


New workshop list

We are excited to share three new offerings from our Racial Equity Specialist Dr. J.P. Anderson! The following workshops are now available:


Pushback, Roll Back, and Pay Back

Why Some People Want to See DEIB Canceled and Why DEIB Matters More than Ever


Pulled Over!

Why Racial Profiling Continues to Drive us Apart


Is Racism Natural?

Myths of Racism Series


Visit our blog to read full descriptions of each workshop. To find out more about how your organization can continue to develop its equity lens with these or any of our workshops, please reply to this newsletter or complete our contact form here.



 

March is Women's History Month & Developmental Disability Awareness Month


Women's History Month and Developmental Disability Awareness

Women's History Month has deep roots, originating in the mid-1800s with women's labor movements across Europe and North America. The United Nations officially recognized March 8th as International Women's Day in 1975. The day was eventually expanded to a full month in the U.S. in 1985 in recognition and celebration of the contributions of women. While creating gender equity in the workplace is the ultimate way to celebrate Women's History, here are some everyday ideas for the month.


Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month was established in 1987 to celebrate and recognize people with disabilities. More than 5 million Americans have developmental disabilities, including 17% of children between the ages of 3 and 17 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This month is an opportunity to create more awareness and inclusive practices. Visit the UW page for resources to learn more.


 

Learning Black History Inspires me to be a Good Ancestor by Kyle Mylius


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Kyle Mylius is our guest blogger this month. He is co-founder of Humanize Wealth, a wealth management company designed to fundamentally shift the way wealth owners think about, manage, and apply the full power of their resources as a force for good, for themselves and the communities in which they work and live. 


Kyle is a White cisgender male who has been working to have a more holistic understanding of American history and his role in it in the past, present, and future. He talks about the impact of joining White Men for Racial Justice on his anti-racism work, what it means to be a 'good ancestor,' and developing his understanding of how White centered wealth and power function in our country. Kyle writes,


"Black history teaches us that the U.S. economic and capital market structures and systems are built on a cultural foundation of what author Marjorie Kelly describes as 'wealth supremacy' - the rules, norms and power dynamics at play that overwhelmingly center and prioritize the needs of White wealth owners and business interests. Shifting from a regime of wealth supremacy to a democratic economy that serves the needs of people and the planet in a way that is equitable and just requires culture and systems change work." 



To learn more about Humanize Wealth, visit their website where you can subscribe to their newsletter or follow them on their socials at Instagram and Linkedin.


 

One more week to advocate for including AANHPI History in our K-12 Curriculum!


Make Us Visible, a nationwide effort to include Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) history in school curriculums, is underway. In our state of WA, they are asking us to support SB 6314 to require AANHPI history in social studies learning standards by September 2027 and to require instruction in grades K-12 beginning in the 2028 school year.


View the action plan about the bill to take some quick and easy steps to support this bill before March 7th when the legislative session ends.


 

Diversity Calendar Dates

It's the first of the month which means looking at the dates from our Diversity Calendar. Want your own copy of the calendar? You can download it here.


  • 14-31: Lenten Season (Christian) (Feb 14 - March 31)

  • 08: Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

  • 11-10: Ramadan (Islamic) (March 11 - April 10)

  • 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Irish)

  • 19-20: Nowruz (Bahá'I, Persian, Kurdish, Zorastrian)

  • 20: Ostara (Neo-Pagan)

  • 21: Int’l Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

  • 23-24: Purim (Jewish)

  • 24: Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)

  • 24: Palm Sunday (Christian/Orthodox)

  • 24-25: Holi (Hindu)

  • 28: Maundy Thursday (Christian)

  • 29: Good Friday (Christian)

  • 31: Easter

  • 31: César Chávez Day (United States)

  • 31: International Transgender Day of Visibility


 

Social Justice DEIB Calendar with calendar and pencil

Upcoming DEIB/Social Justice Events


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


  • 3/05: Centering Equity: Anti-Racism in Recruiting & Hiring

  • 3/05: NAMI BIPOC Support Group (every Tuesday)

  • 3/06: An End to Inequality with Jonathan Kozol

  • 3/06: SpeakOut From the Heart with Lakota Harden

  • 3/07: NAMI LGBTQ+ Support Group

  • 3/11: Transformational Conversations: Moving from Fear to Curiosity

  • 3/13: National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Conference

  • 3/14: DEI Foundations by FACE Consulting Collaborative

  • 3/14: Facilitation Skills Fundamentals

  • 3/14: Conservative Cross-State Organizing

  • 3/14: CARW Monthly Connection Circle

  • 3/15: The Tender Work: Acknowledging White Responsibility in a Racialized World

...and more!

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