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Why are people now sharing their pronouns?

Health & Wellness Social and Racial Justice

A: Pronouns are the words we use to refer to ourselves or someone else when not using a name. Gender pronouns specifically refer to people and possession i.e. she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zirs, etc. The correct use of names and gender pronouns is a compassionate act that can make an important difference in someone’s life. The 2015

Today, October 11, 2022 is the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl.

Social and Racial Justice

This celebration was started by the United Nations in 2011 to “recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.” The International Day of the Girl: ✊Focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face ✊Promotes girls’ empowerment ✊Works to protect and fulfill their human rights Did you know? Globally,

Indigenous People’s Day: Vaccine Hesitancy Within Tribal Communities

Social and Racial Justice

To honor Indigenous People’s Day Those Nerdy Girls would like to ACKNOWLEDGE the understandable occurrence of vaccine hesitancy within tribal communities due to hundreds of years of broken treaties and medical tyranny like forced sterilization. We would also like to CELEBRATE that in the context of this justified mistrust, tribal communities have overcome some of

Honoring Indigenous People’s Day

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In honor of Indigenous People’s Day this Nerdy Girl would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge that right this second, she sits upon ancestral native land, in a place the Ho-Chunk people have called Teejop since time immemorial. My office sits in Agricultural Hall, on Observatory Hill. Two ancient native effigy mounds were destroyed

How do we overcome mistrust in the vaccines, especially with Black Americans?

Social and Racial Justice Vaccines

A: As many as half of Black Americans have expressed reluctance to take the COVID-19 vaccines (1), which some attribute to the enduring legacy of the egregious Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Reticence to take the coronavirus vaccine is complicated. Listening and understanding history is critical. Contrary to many peoples’ understanding of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Black

Trauma and COVID-19

Mental Health Social and Racial Justice

Q: I’ve heard people using language about trauma and COVID-19. Can you explain? I know COVID-19 is bad… but what makes it traumatizing? A: COVID-19 has caused tragic loss for people around the world. What we consider to be a *loss* is very personal, and can be so emotionally intense that it creates traumatic responses.

COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons

Social and Racial Justice Vaccines

Q: We know that individuals in jails and prisons are disproportionately getting COVID-19. What are the reasons for this and what can be done about it? How much more likely are incarcerated people to get COVID-19 than the rest of the population? A: Incarcerated individuals are approximately 5 times as likely as the general population