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Months ago, while we were tracing down rumors of arts funding being given to the RDDC, we learned about their plan to create a Business Improvement District in Downtown Rochester, NY #roc ๐Ÿงต
It sounds innocuous right? A "Business Improvement District"? Kind of like FHA loans and the GI Bill. Sounds good but when they started, they didn't help everyone. (first saw @shane_wiegand at @540wmain's Gentrification Conference )
They provided the opportunities to create wealth to only the white population. While eventually the civil rights movement pushed them to include everyone, decades of a head start, and decades of disinvestment has led us to the major disparities in wealth we have today.
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Sheโ€™s at #CAAAmplify yโ€™all! (Shout out to @franklinleonard)
An independent McKinsey study co-sponsored by the McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Empowerment, the entertainment industry is among the worst performers on DEI of any major American industry. #CAAAmplify
According to Sheldon Lyn from McKinsey, there is progress in the industry, but it's Black professionals creating opportunities for other Black professionals. #CAAAmplify
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Honored to be in this montage, created by Dr. @ebolivera. RT if you believe #RepresentationMatters, that #ImmigrantsBelongHere, that kids need role models who look like them, and that a diverse workforce improves healthcare.
Thank you, in advance, for helping to amplify this beautiful display of Latinx diversity in healthcare. Here at your service. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ
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Another look at the risk to AP designation if the CRT Ban passes from the @ocregister @roxanakopetmanโ€ฆ
Let's review what CRT is, in light of the fact that proponents of these bans think ANYTHING that mentions race or equity is CRTโ€ฆ
Recognition that race is not biologically real but is socially constructed and socially significant.
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Encouraged by a very + response to the "RFA" for our new Summer Research Institute (SRI) Heart +Lung +Blood Program (CHP2SRIP) for undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds, funded by @nih_nhlbi (R25 HL158295) and now part of the SRI Program at @ChildrensPgh 1/3
Indeed, we had 67 undergraduate students from groups URiM apply to the @ChildrensPgh SRI Program this year, compared with 5 such applicants last year (a nearly 14-fold increase)! Very grateful for the leadership + help from Drs. Sunder Sims-Lucas + Michelle Manni in our team. 2/3
Very appreciative of help from friends at @PittTweet, other institutions, + @atscommunity for "spreading the word". First step of a long journey, but looking forward to the future! @NHLBI_LUNGDir @PittPediatrics #NextGen #RepresentationMatters #HealthEquity #Diversity #SiSePuede
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Professional Update: This is my last week in the Prime Ministers Office & in the ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Government.

As a Kid from #Scarborough, my 16 year old self would not have dreamed this ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿฝ
I wouldn't say my journey is unique. But here is my story of a young brown kid who wasn't sure if he would graduate high school to working in the highest office & whose love for serving people & ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ grew.

A few reflections & many people to thank ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ.
Born to immigrant parents ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง in the diverse neighbourhoods of #ThorncliffePark & #Scarborough there were moments growing up my life could have taken a different path.

A postal code shouldn't determine access to opportunity & success, but it remains the reality for many.
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A few personal insights about the @EncantoMovie about the Madrigals, a fictional Colombian family. The location of Encanto is based on the Valley of Cocora in the beautiful coffee-growing region of the country. You can see tall palm trees, called Palma de Cera ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
My wifeโ€™s paternal grandfather, Armando Dugand, successfully postulated the Palma de Cera to be the national tree of Colombia. He was the first Director of the Institute of Natural Sciences of the National University of Colombia (1940-1953) and the son of a French immigrant
Colombia is a geographically diverse country, with coasts on the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, snowy peaks in the Andes mountains, a desert in the north, and vast jungles around the Orinoco and Amazon rivers. The country has the second richest biodiversity worldwide
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2-year-old Kenzo Brooks is going viral after his parents took photos of his joyful reaction to the 'Encanto' character Antonio on their TV screen.
Mom Kaheisha Brand shared the pics on the family's Instagram, @ KatchingUpWithKenzo, with the hashtag #RepresentationMatters.
'It means the world to me, again, I didn't have the same experience growing up,' Brand said, via Good Morning America. 'I do believe there is power in representation and it does empower young Black and brown children.'
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It occurred to me that some may think I โ€œwasteโ€ time on Twitter (as I primarily Tweet during my evenings/weekends when I am not working). As a #Hyperlexic , my first & most natural language is actually writing because I take in such inordinate amounts of sensory dataโ€ฆ ๐Ÿงต
โ€ฆso, when I Tweet I am actually doing a number of things which folx may not realize: 1) I am processing my ๐Ÿ’กideas ๐Ÿ’ก, some of which are incorporated into my ๐Ÿ“• projects: they may be saved for later or might even inspire a cathartic impromptu writing sessionโ€ฆ
2) I am engaging with a global community of advocates & amazing humans of multiple ages, across all time zones & representing diverse intersecting lenses specifically because my specialization is understanding perspectives which are different from my own, and this enriches meโ€ฆ
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BIG NEWS: We have our first election results in!!!โ€ฆ

Congrats to @BenDionNH, the newest member-elect of the Manchester School Board in New Hampshire!!!!
@BenDionNH Another Manchester School Board win!!!!!!!

@ArgeropoulosNH has been elected to the Manchester School Board At-Large!!!

Go Peter!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰
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(1/11) How do you think overall cardiovascular mortality has changed in the United States from 1950 until now? #CVDPrevention2021 #ph260720
(2/11) It has decreased significantly! This has been due to reduction in risk factors and increases in medical and surgical therapies. @American_Heart and George Mensah (@NHLBI_Translate). Read โ€œDecline in Cardiovascular Mortalityโ€โ€ฆ
#hearthealth #ph260720
(3/11) However, health disparities persist. Did you know that black adults are more likely to die from CVD than white adults in the US? @American_Heart and the Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation visual:โ€ฆ
#healthdisparities, #hearthealth #ph260720
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Iโ€™m starting on the gyn surgery service and I had the opportunity to scrub with a Black female attending. During my 8 weeks on surgery, I only worked with one Black physician and it was the amazing Dr. Elegbede during an overnight shift.
I say that to just emphasize that representation matterssssss!!!! Even for someone like me thatโ€™s already in medical school. I grew up not seeing doctors that look like me. I attended med school classes where the professors didnโ€™t look me.
And now Iโ€™m seeing first hand the discrepancy of Black physicians in โ€œcompetitiveโ€ specialities. Students are watching this. We still need motivation that hey that dope Black doc did it and so can I.
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Remember that take from 2014 by @nytimes from @Nate_Cohn and his editor @DLeonhardt that insisted that more and more US Latinos were identifying as white?

They were wrong.
A refresher for those who are asking.โ€ฆ
And then the very fabulous @HCorderoGuzman wrote this in 2014 as well.โ€ฆ
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PSA from a #BlackWomaninMedicine to all planners of stuff:

For any event, panel, meeting, or conference you're planning, I'm asking that you specifically task someone with looking at all of your materials to confirm that you are consistent with titles.

Here's why:
It's not unusual to see a flyer that offers a full title for say, a non-minority male person beside a truncated/wrong one for say, a Black woman. Or a title with all honorifics for one person but something more ambiguous for the other.

Do I think it's malicious? Nah.

It's too common. And it's not super affirming when you've worked really hard to get where you are against a lot of built-in obstacles.

So. I'm asking everyone who is over planning anything to start checking. I'm imploring you to assign someone the task of making sure.

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Three Hijabis walk into a bar to watch the Three Lions thrash Ukraine. What an incredible evening and an absolutely brilliant win by a magnificent England team! Well done, lads! A thread on the importance of an anti-racist, inclusive #England โšฝ๏ธ team & why #RepresentationMatters
When I was growing up many, many people and communities of colour would avoid going out when an England match was on due to knowing we werenโ€™t safe and would absolutely be at risk of verbal and physical racism dished out by so called England fans. Sadly this risk still exists.
Even now communities of colour feel this way. Speak to any working class taxi drivers of colour and they will tell you about the racism and abuse many experience after a match inc physical violence.Same goes for many supporters of colour attending England matches, home & abroad.
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What are KEY moments in Black British history that SHOULD be taught in schools?...

Here are just a few I (personally) think if we all knew about, would help us make sense of things happening today (which aren't new).

Spot the parallels to today...

1. Post- WW1 race riots

Job shortage angered Soldiers who returned from war, who blamed Jamaican Soldiers (who were brought over FOR the war), for 'taking their jobs'

#CharlesWotten #KnowTheirNames
2. Post WW2- The Bristol bus boycott

Black people from the Caribbean and Africa, and people from India, were asked to come to Britain to help rebuild the country... but were not allowed to drive council owned buses.

#PaulStephenson #RoyHackett #GuyBailey #KnowTheirNames
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THREAD: Drama Schools - please listen. If there is only one visible demographic on your Board, Senior Management, Senior Leadership Team, Faculty, Creative Team etc bringing in a diverse cohort of students into that environment is not safe! They will feel completely "othered"
The lip service of hearing we've tried to reach out to more diverse avenues is not good enough. Make the offer irresistible for people to turn down. Start from the top down. Evolve your practice to represent today's society before putting young students into the mix at grassroots
Set the trend in training institutions as that is what feeds into the industry. Use more inclusive writing, creatives, staff across all levels and the industry will follow! Be the change rather than saying you've tried! Some simple shifts are easy but takes proper effort!
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We've launched a new @WFAMarketers guide to tackling bias in the creative process - it's about moving ALL marketing away from exclusion & negative stereotypes to positive casual representation & inclusion. It's free and open source to steal with pride:
We defined 12 stages of the creative process - each an opportunity to positively inject different viewpoints & diversity and to better understand your real consumers... or to rush through, exclude & miss opportunities due to bias or limited perspectives. #RepresentationMatters
1. Right from the start, as you identify your business and brand challenges, you can easily accidentally exclude growth opportunities or audiences from your thinking. Is there a positive upside in standing up & doing a better job of representing the real people who buy from you?
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#France has voted to ban the wearing of the #hijab in public for those under 18, burkinis in public pools, and wearing of the hijab for those accompanying children on school trips.

While all 3 of these votes are absurd to say the least, the last one hit me personally.

A few years ago when my eldest son was in 2nd grade, his class took a field trip to Washington D.C.โ€™s famous Natural History Museum.

When he mentioned the field trip to me, I instantly decided to volunteer as a chaperon.

However, his response left me heartbroken. To my utter surprise, he said, โ€œNo, Ami I don't want you to go with me.โ€ His reasoning was truly devastating. He said, "Ami, I understand it's your choice, but my friends think you are bald.

#HijabBan #France

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๐๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ from the #AVCA History Commission continues with the ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ of 4โƒฃ0โƒฃ weekly reveals highlighting Black Americans for their pioneering and influential efforts in the sport of volleyball.

#BeAMovement | #RepresentationMatters
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๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—›๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ยป

๐Ÿ”— ยป

#BeAMovement | #RepresentationMatters Image
๐™ฟ๐š‘๐šŠ๐šœ๐šŽ ๐Ÿท | ๐š…๐š˜๐š•. ๐Ÿท.๐Ÿถ2

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#BeAMovement | #RepresentationMatters Image
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Hopes to go back on live tour in US @ronnychieng in 2021 and looking forward it. Thinks stand up comedy has moved on from DJT. That a different focus than the @TheDailyShow which needs to be aware of daily news.
Answering his own journey for cultural identity. Arrived to US in 2015. Asian person raised in Asian who voluntarily moved to US for work.. if you come by choice - 1st gen - are optimistic and wide eyed. If 2nd gen have rightfully so expectations of more and frustrated if canโ€™t!
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As we begin our journey with a bold vision to nurture leaders & communities for feminist politics. We are taking this space & inviting you to give a read on the Story of our Logo.
#RepresentationMatters #logo #Feminism #Politics #community #wednesdaythought #wednesdaywisdom 1/3
It took us a lot of debate, brainstorming, reflection and feedback to come up with our logo.
We are proud and even overwhelmed with it as it sums up our vision, values and welcomes people to reflect and connect. #RepresentationMatters #Wednesdaymotivations
#leadership #story 2/3
We hope you liked our story and if you resonate do share and join our mission.

Application coming soon!

#RepresentationMatters #WednesdayMotivation #feminist #Politics #community #aspirational #HEARTtoHEART2021 #diversity #leadership #inclusion #Purple #black #white #word
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After voting in 2008, sat in my car and sobbed because I had the opportunity to vote for someone who looked like me.

Me, the granddaughter of folks who survived Jim Crow, who paid poll taxes in order to vote, who made the decision to send my mother to integrate her HS.
I thought about my grandmothers, who were living at the time and how stunned they were that this option would be available in *their* lifetimes.

I thought about the work I do and how it contributes to a larger ecosystem of work that led to that moment.
I sobbed. It was joy, sadness, pride, worry, indebtedness to the ancestors...It was more than a moment.

I sobbed again at both of the subsequent Obama inaugurations because #representationmatters.
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A Grady elder once told me that we should all learn (and savor) ALL 3 verses of the Negro National Anthem. In honor of her-- and this historic moment--these @EmoryMedicine #BlackWomeninMedicine have done just that.

The first but not the last. . . .
. . . and at @EmoryMedicine, not the only either.

We are Assistant, Associate, and FULL Professors.
We are deans, vice chairs, chiefs, educators, investigators, and more.

And this?

This is for colored girls who considered quitting when the expectation wasn't enuf. . .
Sis. . . .you've got this. Yes, you.

We see you.
We're with you.
We celebrate you.

The first but not the last. Oh, happy day! ๐ŸŒ„โœŠ๐Ÿพ

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