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Project Topics

Unity Day Anti-Bullying

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

International Day of Sign Languages

How to stay safe online

I Have a Dream - This Day in History

Disability Independence Day

Pride Supreme Court 2020 Update

Black History: Tulsa 1921

PRIDE Month

Global Accessibility Awareness

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Suicide Prevention

Unity Day Anti-Bullying

October 21, 2020: Today we celebrate Unity Day! (video of four people sharing view of orange sunrise)

  • History: Unity Day started in 2011 from the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center.
  • Purpose: "The purpose of Unity Day is to demonstrate that we are together against bullying. We are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion of all students." From stopbullying.gov.
  • Unity Day promotes respect and not treating people with disabilities as "less than." (image of man with prosthesis doing exercises)
  • The call to action is simple, wear and share the color orange! (image of woman in orange blazer)
  • Why the color orange? (image of woman in orange raincoat)
  • Orange represents safety and visibility. It is a warm, strong color.
  • Wear or share orange and use messages of "support, hope, and unity so that all students feel safe and supported." From stopbullying.gov.
  • We post in orange today to show unity!
  • Equal Opportunity icon with rainbow background with black and brown foundation bars. University West 116, Title IX and Equal Opportunity, 361-570-4835.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Did you know? "Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status." (Learn more at Break the Cycle [external link]).

Domestic violence can include the use of: physical or sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse or financial control.

More than half of all college students (57%) say it is difficult to identify dating abuse.

38% of college students say they don’t know how to get help if they were to experience dating abuse.

58% of college students say they don’t know what to do to help a person who is experiencing dating abuse.

(Learn more at Domestic Violence Hotline [external link]).

Resources: National Domestic Violence Hotline (online chat options and phone number) 800-799-SAFE (7233). National Sexual Assault Hotline (online chat options and phone number) 800-656-HOPE (4673). 24/7.

UHV Services. Equal Opportunity icon with rainbow rainbow and brown hand with words "Observe, Intervene, Notify." Title IX and Equal Opportunity.

International Day of Sign Languages

23 Sept. 2020: Today is the International Day of Sign Languages! Image of international flags at United Nations.

The International Day of Sign Languages began in 2018 during International Week of the Deaf. Image of people in circle demonstate signing "Interpreter" in ASL.

The day honors over 300 sign languages used worldwide by over 70 million people. Image of diverse group of young people.

Just like spoken language, sign language varies by country and region. Image of man looking at world map.

Sign languages are vital to “express oneself, connect with others and participate in all aspects of economic, social, cultural and political spheres.” - U.N. Secretary General António Guterres. Video of group communicating and gesturing to music.

Sign language increases inclusion of people who are deaf or partially deaf in society. Image of group signing "Help" in ASL.

A 2016 study found American Sign Language was the 3rd most popular language in college and graduate studies. Image of student in library.

The International Day also commemorates the anniversary of the World Federation for the Deaf. Image of United Nations in New York City.

Equal Opportunity icon with rainbow background with black and brown foundation bars. University West 116, Title IX and Equal Opportunity, 361-570-4835.

How to stay safe online

How to stay safe online (multi screen view of different ages, races and genders of people).

Protect your personal information (woman on couch using smart phone). Wait to share your real contact methods like your phone number, location or school. Set up a separate number and account. Make them dispoable in case someone abuses them.

Spammers operate on dating sites. It may be too good to be true. Don't share anything they could use to blackmail you (man at table using smartphone).

Meet up in public locations (young couple talking at cafe counter). Tell someone where you will be. Tell someone where you will be.  

Watch out for your Geolocations (woman walking on sidewalk with smartphone). Keep your GPS off social media. Only share GPS data with trusted allies.

Check for truthfulness (man typing on laptop). Think of ways to verify their real name, school, job and character.

Watch out for control tactics. The right person will want you to be safe and comfortable (gender neutral person outside at night on smartphone, smiles at end of clip).

Learn more about safety plans. Equal Opportunity icon with rainbow background with black and brown foundation bars. University West 116, Title IX and Equal Opportunity, 361-570-4835.

I Have a Dream - This Day in History

This Day in History – August 28, 1963. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gives his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Image of Dr. King. He called to end racism in the United States at the front of the Lincoln Memorial in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Image of Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Over 200,000 people attended his speech. The event also featured John Lewis and 16 other speakers. Image of the March. The March protested racial discrimination and supported civil rights legislation pending in Congress. Video of visitors walking the National Mall.

He proclaimed that the movement would not be over until people of color were no longer victim to "the unspeakable horrors of police brutality." Image of protestor holding sign “It’s a privilege to educate yourself about racism instead of experiencing it!!!”

He spoke not just of his dream, but of his faith that . . . "we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day." Images of civil rights leaders holding signs and hands in procession and current day observers with American flag.

The "I Have a Dream" speech became a symbol of the American civil rights movement and is one of the most recognizable speeches in recorded history. Image of Dr. King’s memorial. Listen to "I Have a Dream" today . . . and put his words to action. Image of Martin Luther King Jr. street sign in front of columned building.

Disability Independence Day

  • This day is celebrated each year on July 26.
  • It commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 29, 1990.
  • Why is the ADA important? The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.
  • The ADA provides protection from employment discrimination as well as better access to goods, services and communications for people with disabilities.
  • An individual with a disability has a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more major life activities, a history or record of such an impairment, or is perceived by others as having such an impairment. –The ADA.
  • Did you know? An employer cannot refuse to hire you because your disability prevents you from performing duties that are not essential to the job.
  • The CDC found that 1 in 4 (one in four) Americans have a disability. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/ncbddd
  • Equal Opportunity icon of admin building with rainbow background and black and brown foundation bars.
  • Audio and video made with www.Biteable.com.

Pride Supreme Court 2020 Update

This week, the United States Supreme Court protects LGBTQ+ workers in the new landmark case Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia

Did you know . . . gender identity and sexual orientation are already protected under our System and campus policies? Gender expression is also protected. 

Learn more at UHV Equal Opportunity page. Anti-discrimination protections and services. Options to report. Complaint process. Equal Opportunity icon and rainbow background on slide designs.

Black History: Tulsa 1921

Unravel discrimination. Teach Black History all year round.

  • 99 years ago this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma, "A mob destroyed 35-square-blocks of the African American Community."
  • The attack on the Greenwood community of Tulsa or "Black Wall Street" left almost 10,000 people homeless and hundreds dead.
  • "Some . . . in unmarked graves in a city owned cemetery and others . . . to unknown places in full view of the National Guard."
  • Despite the violence and destruction, "no white Tulsan was ever sent to prison."
  • Local officials passed an ordinance to prevent Greenwood from rebuilding. It was eventually overturned by the state Supreme Court.
  • Seeking restoration, "the black community filed more than $4 million in claims. All were denied."
  • "On June 1, 1921, Lady Justice was blind. Indeed, her eyes were gouged out." - Oklahoma State Senator Maxine Horner
  • Reparations for the community have never been approved.

Quotes from the report: "Tulsa Race Riot, A Report by the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921" published Feb. 28, 2001.

PRIDE Month

How we can support PRIDE everyday: Amplify LGBTQ+ voices. Use preferred pronouns. Speak up against bias and hate. Offer aid to targeted minorities. Share info on confidential resources. Showcase symbols of inclusion. Arrow points to Equal Opportunity Office icon (admin building on rainbow background with brown and black foundation layers). Don't forget intersectionality - represent people of color! Text appears on a background with a rainbow color pattern on wood panels.

Global Accessibility Awareness

Video "Innovation for Equality. Equality for Innovation" Part 1:

  • Bessie Blount Griffin: Physical Therapist & Inventor. Created an assistive device that helped disabled veterans eat. 1948.
  • Rachel Zimmerman: Space Scientist & Inventor. Created a software program to translate symbols tapped on a board into written language on a computer screen. 1984.
  • Jose Hernandez-Rebollar: Electrical Engineer & Inventor. Invented Acceleglove, a glove that translates sign language into speech. 2003.
  • Garrett Morgan: Inventor. Invented a breathing device, used to provide a safer breathing experience in the presence of pollutants. 1914.
  • Dr. Patricia Bath: Medical Doctor & Inventor. Invented a laser cataract treatment device, Laserphaco Probe. 1988.
  • Guillermo González Camarena: Electrical Engineer & Inventor. Created the Trichromatic Sequential Fields System, that turned television from black and white to color. 1940.
  • UHV Title IX and Equal Opportunity logo (rainbow hand with brown and black design and words “observe, intervene, notify”).

Video "Innovation for Equality. Equality for Innovation" Part 2:

  • Mary Beatrice Davidson: Inventor. Created a tray and pocket attachable to a walker, allowing people using walkers to carry items without using their hands. 1976.
  • Charles Richard Drew: Physician & Surgeon. Organized America's first large-scale blood bank and innovated mobile blood donation trucks with refrigerators. WWII.
  • Valerie Thomas: Scientist & Inventor. Invented and patented the Illusion Transmitter for NASA (also used in surgery practices and television). 1980.
  • Madam C. J. Walker: Entrepreneur & Inventor. Created the hot comb and pomade for African American hair. She became the first female African American millionaire. 1910.
  • Marie Van Brittan Brown: Inventor. Invented the first home security system and is credited with inventing the first closed circuit television. 1966.
  • UHV Title IX and Equal Opportunity logo (rainbow hand with brown and black design and words “observe, intervene, notify”).

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Series of videos for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2020.

75 years ago today, Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated.

Researchers estimate 1 million people were murdered at Auschwitz,  the largest Nazi concentration camp.

Nazis and their allies used approximately 44,000 camps (including ghettos) to detain, force labor and murder targeted persons.

Victims of the Holocaust included persons targeted for illness or disability, sexual orientation, political ideology, ethnicity and religion.

Today we share narratives of those who survived.

Adapted from the following narratives:

  • "Lasting Memory" by Erika Eckstut from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • "I Remember" by Charlene Schiff from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • "Tears" by Louise Lawrence-Israëls from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Images of Auschwitz, hands holding star in cloth, and candles.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention for #KNOWvember. Adapted from www.bethe1to.com

Sharing information and resources for suicide and self-harm prevention.

Suicide Prevention Step # 1: Ask and Listen. “Are you thinking about suicide?” Show that you are open to speaking about suicide. Express in unbiased, non-judgmental and direct manner.

Suicide Prevention Step #2: Keep them safe. Find out if they have attempted suicide before, if they have access to lethal methods and make sure there are security measures in place.

Suicide Prevention Step #3: Be there. Find ways to be there in person or by phone, or develop ideas for others who can be there. Lessen their isolation.

Suicide Prevention Step #4: Help them connect. Connect them with supports and resources from the community; find options that work for them. Develop a safety plan and a list of individuals to call when they feel suicidal tendencies.

Suicide Prevention Step #5: Follow up. Check in with them after you've provided them with the help they need. Studies show that even a simple form of reaching out can reduce their risk for suicide.

Reach out for a Lifeline. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255