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Keep Calm and Let It Go

Bishop Prince Singh | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Bishop Prince Singh

After the recent announcement of the Church of England Synod's decision to approve the appointment of women bishops, I couldn't help but say to myself, "Keep calm and hurry up already!"

It's Time for an Inclusion Revolution

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

From voter suppression laws being passed in the light of day in state houses around the country and the political assault on women's reproductive rights to the racial wealth gap, there are disturbing signs that our nation's baby steps towards political, social and economic inclusion could be stalling.

Authenticity Offers Its Own Beauty

John Friedman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
John Friedman

Authenticity is what turns a pretty picture into a priceless work of art. Likewise it is what people look for -- or should -- in their personal relationships. I believe this holds true for our relationships with businesses as well.

Dear Progressives, We're Not Doing It Right

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Jamie McGonnigal

When a science fiction convention is more affirming, less body-shaming, more welcoming and less sneering than a conference with 3,000 plus "progressives," we're doing something wrong. I loved Netroots Nation in Detroit this year, but we need to do better as a community.

Pimping Diversity

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

We have all bought into a social construct that permits us to feel good about perpetrating a fraud. Corporations, universities, government agencies, minorities and "good white folks" alike -- we are all complicit in pimping diversity.

What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Better Branding?

Michael Ramah | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Michael Ramah

As the sophistication and creativity of marketing communications increases, a message of inclusion resonates with tremendous impact and deep emotional connection. And as it does, it creates a powerful loop.

7 Ways Congregations Can Embrace People With Disabilities

David Briggs | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The larger society may be moving forward in its understanding and inclusion of people with disabilities. But the above stories reported in a study of more than 400 parents of children with special needs illustrates how far behind many religious congregations are in this effort.

Al Mohler Is Right About One Thing When He Says, 'No Third Way!'

Ken Wilson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

People who are gay come to churches as indivisible beings. Like the seamless garment of Jesus, they cannot be split into parts that can be included and other parts that can be excluded.

A Step in the Right Direction: New Commitments to Disability Inclusion in Refugee Settings

Sarah Costa | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Sarah Costa

Of the world's 51.2 million people displaced by conflict and persecution, an astonishing 7.7 million are persons with disabilities. While many of their disabilities are longstanding, many are new, like Zeinah's, the result of war-related violence.

Creating a New Normal: White Men at the Diversity Table

Colette A.M.Phillips | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Colette A.M.Phillips

White men could be the most important group to ensuring that diversity and inclusion truly works. By ensuring that they are engaged, interested and invested players in diversity and inclusion conversation America will forge a new normal.

Jobs/Transit, Hope on the Horizon?

Laura Barrett | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

With all the gridlock in DC, it seems impossible that anything fruitful or significant can really happen. But a few dedicated public officials are starting to push two very promising proposals that could affect millions.

Brit Shalom Families: Where's the Controversy?

Lisa Braver Moss | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion
Lisa Braver Moss

As a Jewish woman who opposes circumcision, it's true that families who say yes to circumcision will have support from the Jewish community. But what happens to those who decide to keep their sons "intact" (i.e., not to circumcise them)?

Change Makers Create Cultural Change on Campus: A Northwestern University Case Study

Alecia Wartowski | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Alecia Wartowski

From racial and ethnic diversity to an influx of "first generation" students and the challenges of being a low income student, most college and universities in this country have begun to recognize that the face of higher education is changing.

"Karibu:" Inclusion in a Word

Farah Mawani | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Farah Mawani

I often find it hard to express complex and intense emotions in words. But the word "Karibu" says so much. It captures the heart of Tanzanian and broader East African culture.

For My Daughter With Cerebral Palsy, "Tolerance" Just Isn't Enough

Patrick McClenahan | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Patrick McClenahan

Through her tears, she spoke about her son's intellectual disability and explained that her husband will not accept him because of his condition, "because in my country, the belief is that we did something wrong ... our son's condition is a curse."

Why I'm Petitioning My Favorite Company

Liz Jackson | Posted 07.27.2014 | Style
Liz Jackson

It's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But J. Crew, I want to change you. I love you most, so it's only you I'm asking. I ...

Affirmative Action and My Attachment to the Rainbow

Emily Dievendorf | Posted 06.22.2014 | Detroit
Emily Dievendorf

Affirmative action has helped to provide the diversity that provided truth, even if not perfectly. Until we had a more perfect route to telling the truth of who we are and who we could be as a nation we needed to have something else in place.

On Earth Day, Look to Women for Innovation and Impact

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

Here in the Gender Office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, we are excited by gender-based proposals to address climate change. Why gender-based? Because women have too often been left out of high-level decision-making on environmental threats and opportunities.

You Can Say "You Can't Say You Can't Play" at School

Laurie Levy | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

In all of our communities, we need to bring those who stand alone in from the shadows. If all kids simply understood that "You Can't Say You Can't Play" at school, it would enrich everyone's life.

Human Boundaries and Inclusion

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The ethical imperative of religious inclusion has its basis in the powerful role granted to the Kohein in the Torah, and to clergy and lay-leadership in today's religious communities. Outsiders are created by our categorization processes. Exclusion is a choice, not a mitzvah

One Out of 68 Kids Is on the Autistic Spectrum, and Who Will Educate the Educators?

Laurie Levy | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

In a just and truly diverse classroom community, every child belongs. To reach this goal, teachers need to have up-to-date training, or retraining, in child development for both typical and atypical children.

Power of Sport to Inform, Empower and Transform

Dr. Mary Hums | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Dr. Mary Hums

In August 2013 the United Nations declared that April 6 will now be recognized as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP). ...

The Little Preschool That Could: An Inclusion Journey

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.28.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

The teachers and I wanted to do more, so we began to develop a program to ensure that future children with special needs participated in a meaningful way rather than just pushing a car back and forth alone on the rug.

Expanding the Concept, and Reality, of Jewish Community

Jerry Silverman | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

This piece originally appeared in New York Jewish Week. Nate couldn't decide what he wanted to be for Purim -- follow his heart and dress as an alien...

The Conversations We Should Be Having About Special Needs

Dana Points | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Dana Points

More than ever, kids with and without a diagnosis are playing and going to school side by side. They seem to get along pretty well. But what about their grown-ups?