More Success in Fellowships

Boston College graduating seniors, current undergraduates and graduate students alike earned prestigious fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year.  Read the complete article 

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Meet the 11-Year-Old Girl Changing the Way America Thinks About Disabilities

Growing up with muscular dystrophy, 11-year-old Melissa Shang has faced her fair share of challenges. But the middle schooler is hardly willing to let her disability dictate her life. The precocious adolescent is taking action, along with her older sister Eva, to raise awareness about the experience of living with a disability by co-authoring a novel featuring a young protagonist with muscular dystrophy. Read and watch the video here

Obama to Sign Order Banning Federal Discrimination Against Gays

In a victory for gay rights activists, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation, a White House official confirms to NBC News. To read more about the executive order ban from president Obama click here.

Department of Interior Enlisting Scholars’ Help to Incorporate LGBT History

The U.S. Department of the Interior is hosting a panel discussion of historians, scholars and preservationists today to discuss ways to educate the public about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. Click here to learn more about LGBT history.

‘Are You the Husband or the Wife?’ 6 Things NOT to Say to LGBT People

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The growing acceptance of same-gender marriage and diversity in sexual orientation in recent years has shifted mindsets and removed a lot of blatant discrimination toward LGBTs from workplaces, says Jean-Marie Navetta, Director of Equality & Diversity Partnerships at PFLAG National, a nonprofit grassroots organization that promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and offers support for parents, families, friends and allies. But Navetta notes that LGBT employees still face comments and questions that subtly allow stereotypes to persist.  Click here to read more about these stereotypes.

A Letter to My Sons

Dear Langston and Logan, In my new book, I make arguments that hurt your chance to benefit from affirmative action. When you are older, you’ll learn what that is, or what it used to be. I have great confidence in you and believe you will amaze yourselves and better your country and your world. To read the letter Sheryll Cashin wrote her sons follow the link.