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Trans* Awareness Project

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Several University Affiliated groups (including the University Libraries, the Office for Equity and Diversity, the GLBTA Programs Office, the Transgender Commission, and the QSCC) have collaborated to implement the Trans* Awareness Project. You may haven seen the posters and cards around campus, and maybe you have even already seen the TAP website.

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The Trans* Awareness Project is a poster and digital media campaign that attempts to challenge stereotypes and cultivate an environment which celebrates and respects people of all genders. This campaign aims to break down barriers between communities and establish positive social change by showcasing empowering snapshots of local trans* communities and bringing attention to the challenges that many trans* people face in daily life.

The TransAwareness Project website has electronic versions of all the campaign's posters as well as biographies for each participant.  The website also has a ton of resources including worksheets, book recommendations, and a streamlined FAQ section; all of which are intended to help us think more critically about gender and it's impact on our lives.

The Census Bureau will release the "American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File (AIANSF)".  This dataset will include for a total of 1,570 different indigenous nations and will be the largest data set for all of the American Indian and Alaska Native geographies that meet the population threshold of 100 people from the 2010 Decennial Census. There are going to be 70 tables of varying detail and subject matter for most of these geographies.

The data will be available on Thursday December 13 at 12:01 a.m at www.census.gov.  There will be no additional releases of AIAN data from the Decennial 2010 Census.

Accessibility Resources Toolkit

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The Diversity Outreach Collaborative has developed a companion resource list on the DOC blog to the Invisible Disabilities Workshop held on May 10, 2012. 

The direct link is here:  http://blog.lib.umn.edu/grayjl/doc/resources/disability-resources.html

For future reference, this site can be found linked on the Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc. tab of the Diversity Outreach Collaborative blog.

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Please spread the word!

Jody Gray
on behalf of the Diversity Outreach Collaborative

Lactation Charts Available from Student Parent Help Center

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If you are a mother who wants to continue breast feeding after returning to school and/or work, there is support and assistance at the University to make the transition easier.  The Student Parent Help Center has provided several useful resources, including a chart of lactation locations on campus.  



Fat Talk Free Week October 16-22

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Fat Talk Free Week, an extension of Reflections: Body Image Program, is an international campaign designed to engage members, campuses and communities in the conversation. Tri Delta is leading the way, taking a stance and declaring that it's time we take control over our own destinies, our own bodies, and our own inner dialogues.



  • Friends don't let friends Fat Talk. What can you say to those you hear 'Fat Talking' around you to help reduce fat talk among your friends.
  • What do you think women can do to resist pursuing the thin-ideal?
  • Write an open thank you letter to parts of your body. (i.e.,: Dear Legs, thank you for letting me run; dear arms, thank you for letting me pick up and hug a baby.)
  • In a recent Newsweek survey 57% hiring managers said qualified but unattractive candidates are likely to have a harder time landing a job; more than half advised candidates to spend as much time and money on "making sure they look attractive" as on perfecting a resume. Do you think this is a conscious choice by most hiring managers? Why or why not?
  • According to a study released in April 2010 the use of beauty products by teens and women is down 6 percents from 2008-2009. Specific product use, such as mascara doubled among teen girls. What type of pressures influence these trends? (NPD Group)
  • Retailers, such as Ann Taylor and Ralph Lauren have been under extreme scrutiny for their extreme use of photo retouching in their advertising. Is photo-retouching an acceptable marketing method? What message do you think it sends to see such extreme changes to images?
  • What are your thoughts about advertising? In France they are considering requiring a warning on all photoshopped images. What are the repercussions, both positive and negative, of that type of warning? Do you think it would help promote positive body image or hinder it?
  • A recent Urban Outfitter t-shirt suggests that women should "Eat Less." How does a t-shirt like this damage body image and how can we challenge retailers that promote eating disordered behavior.


  • Talk Story Site Launched

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    http://www.talkstorytogether.org/

    Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture is a joint family literacy project between the Asian/Pacific American Library Association and the American Indian Library Association.

    Talk Story supports family and cultural literacy by:

    • Providing opportunities for adult family members to build their own literacy skills as they strengthen their children's literacy skills
    • Building cultural identity and self-esteem of community members
    • Promoting greater Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaskan Native (AIAN) representation in books and library programs
    • Sharing knowledge and creating awareness of the APA and AIAN communities

    Library programs that bring together books and inclusive representation of ethnic communities are important in building confidence in budding readers.  Children need to see their own faces in contemporary characters with whom they can identify.  Additionally, books, rhymes and stories from a child's own culture allows him or her to see their own heritage.

    Children and families from other diverse backgrounds also benefit from programs that promote basic and cultural literacy.  The Talk Story program is a tool kit for librarians to share the richness and diversity of American culture with new readers.

    Librarians from different types of libraries (academic, public, school, special, and youth services) have contributed their expertise to produce Talk Story.  The Talk Story mission is to create culturally relevant and reliable resources for librarians that celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native communities, and honor the diversity of all Americans throughout the year.  

    We hope that the Talk Story resources found on this website will support and encourage librarians to bring their own experiences to family literacy programs.  This is a dynamic resource to which others can add their ideas.  

    Let's work together to create accurate, reliable, and culturally competent resources for celebrating APA and AIAN communities.

    Talk Story: What it Means

    "Talk Story" is a Hawaiian expression that means "to chat informally" or "to shoot the breeze."  

    A linguistic scholar describes it as "a rambling personal experience mixed with folk materials" [1], while author Maxine Hong Kingston uses the term to describe a Chinese / Chinese-American storytelling style, which is "an oral tradition of history, mythology, genealogy, bedtime stories, and how-to stories that have been passed down through generations, an essential part of family and community life"[2]. 

    In Talk Story: Sharing Culture, Sharing History, books are used as the jumping-off point for informal storytelling during which participants can share, supplement, and generate related stories.  Arts, crafts, and other activities add another dimension that helps reinforce the themes in the stories and/or introduce cultural traditions.