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School awards should not treat student differences or struggles as punchlines

I remain dismayed over end-of-the-year student awards that are insulting to the recipients and wish schools would end the practice now.

If students want to informally present each other with mean-spirited or so-called joke awards, they can do so on their own time; it should never be allowed at a school-related event. 533 more words

News

Never Let You Go by Katy Regnery

Blurb:
Regret, betrayal, kidnapping, loss, madness, abuse, passion, love.

In this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, thirteen-year-old foster children Griselda and Holden escape from their abductor after three years of brutal captivity, and try to cross the Shenandoah River on foot. 844 more words

Reviews

Unlock the Vote: Restoring Felons' Rights

In April, I had the privilege of presenting a talk to the Boston College community as part of BC’s Graduate Student’s Association’s program GradTalks. It’s an annual event that provides a forum for a diverse selection of graduate students to present ideas that interest them. 71 more words

Law & Society

Ensuring inclusivity in the growing Portland Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality community

It’s no secret that the Portland startup community has more than its fair share of virtual reality and augmented reality activity. But it’s only going to be a truly interesting, compelling, and vibrant with a variety of voices and experiences. 149 more words

Oregon

Diversity: The “Readily Solvable Issue” That’s Not Getting Solved

Apple just hired its first vice president of inclusion and diversity. In announcing the appointment, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, called diversity a “readily solvable issue.” 437 more words

Workforce

We Can Be Better Together

Life will be more interesting if we all work together by appreciating each other’s uniqueness.  It’s not error that we are all different. There are various kinds of culture, custom, tribe, religion, profession and so on. 58 more words

Life