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April Events Calendar

April is Celebrate Diversity Month, started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other. April is Autism Awareness Month, established to raise awareness about the developmental disorder that affects an individual's normal development of [...]

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March Events Calendar

March is Women’s History Month. Started in 1987, Women’s History Month recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society. March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which was established to increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. March is National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month. [...]

By | March 10th, 2021|Blog Entries|Comments Off on March Events Calendar

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day Joyce Herman, Founder and former Director, NCBI Rochester  January 27, was the 76th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Red Army liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz and the death camp at Birkenau. The date is recognized by the UN and the European Union as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Jews, Slavs, Romani [...]

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Take Steps Toward a more Equitable Rochester

The COVID-19 pandemic has fractured our complacency in terms of things we take for granted. The magnitude of disparity between communities of color and our dominant (white) culture gives us an opportunity to take a second look – at ourselves – and at the institutions that privilege some groups at the expense of others. We [...]

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Why Do We Choose Servitude in the “Land of the Free?” – Guest Blog by Sara Hughes

Why Do We Choose Servitude in the “Land of the Free?” It’s a controversial question, I know, but please hear me out. The most pressing issues of our time have a single common denominator- power. Who has it? How do they use (or, more often, abuse) it? What needs to be done to alleviate the suffering [...]

By | December 10th, 2020|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Why Do We Choose Servitude in the “Land of the Free?” – Guest Blog by Sara Hughes

Healing the Great Divide

Healing the Great Divide As the U.S. Election draws close, COVID-19 cases flare in new hot spots. Coverage of police misconduct gets greater prominence. As we witness greater demands to restore law and order, so, too, come calls to join demonstrations in support of those who protest racial injustice. We cannot deny that we are [...]

By | December 9th, 2020|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Healing the Great Divide

Flattening the Pyramids – Guest post from NCBI team member Sara Hughes

Flattening the Pyramids Note: Excerpts of my manuscript, Flattening the Pyramids: A Treatise on Hierarchy and Community, have been posted on the Ideas and Commentary section of this site but readers may prefer to read the book in sequence without other posts breaking it up. The book is still a work in progress and I’ll continue to add [...]

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Everyone Wants to be Heard

Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone deserves to be heard. No one wants to listen. That's the gist of it. Hurts and fears are deeply ingrained in the human psyche. Those in power are defensive or immune to thoughts of losing power. Actions bear this out. Those who are targets of oppressive practices are tired [...]

By | August 11th, 2020|Blog Entries|Comments Off on Everyone Wants to be Heard

Rethinking the 4th of July

This year's 4th of July came suddenly, like a boulder crashing down a mountain. The mountain stands as a symbol of the hierarchy of power and privilege built over centuries in the country we call the United States. The myths of meritocracy and equal opportunity are falling, much like the statues of one time heroes [...]

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This is a WAKE-UP Call

The excruciating death of George Floyd, captured on video and seen around the world has shocked people and institutions across the US. In Rochester and its surrounding suburbs come demands for police reform. We are face to face, however, with the reality that this is not just a police problem. Institutional racism is endemic in [...]

By | June 19th, 2020|Blog Entries|Comments Off on This is a WAKE-UP Call