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Book of the Month

Difference Matters

Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity

by Brenda J. Allen

Publication Date: August 2010
Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.

Aimed at students of organizational communications, this text separates the concept of socially constructed identity from its theoretical underpinnings to discuss communications between different categories of identity. Allen (U. of Colorado, Denver) takes categories of difference (gender, race, class, sexuality, age and ability) in turn to remind her students that each "matters," despite the traditions of prejudice. Each chapter includes questions for reflection.

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El Pueblo, Inc.

National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems


Our Mission and Vision

El Pueblo's mission is to effect positive social change through community collaboration and partnership, leadership development, advocacy, education, health promotion and cross-cultural understanding. El Pueblo envisions a just and equal community where all Latinos are respected, valued, and engaged across North Carolina.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2012

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2012


Disability Awareness

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?"

NDEAM's roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month." Upon its establishment in 2001, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage


September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Health Resources and Services Administration


Cultural Competence Resource for Health Care Providers

HRSA is the nation's access agency – improving health and saving lives by making sure the right services are available in the right places at the right time. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.

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