Seven Weeks of Links and Descriptions:
The Danger of a Single Story Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. In this video, novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Racism Is Real A split screen video depicting the differential in the white and black lived experience.
What Kind of Asian Are You? Humorous two minute YouTube video that illustrates the silliness of the way many white Americans interact with Asian Americans.
What Is Privilege? A group of young adults take part in an exercise to measure their privilege. (4 minutes)
What It’s Like to Be the Child of Immigrants Michael Rain is on a mission to tell the stories of first-generation immigrants, who have strong ties both to the countries they grew up in and their countries of origin. He breaks down the mischaracterizations and limited narratives of immigrants and shares the stories of the worlds they belong to. (8 minutes)
Indigenous People React to Indigenous Representation in Film and TV Conversation with a diverse range of Indigenous people. (15:30 minutes)
CBS News Analysis: 50 States, 50 Different Ways of Teaching America’s Past Ibram X. Kendi reviews history curriculum production and use across the U.S. (article with 7 minute video)
How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them In this video, Diversity advocate Verna Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how. (18 minutes)
Climbing the White Escalator (article)
How to Raise a Black Son in America As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white friends. In a heartfelt piece, the poet paints the scene of his father’s furious and fearful response. (5 minutes)
I am not a Monster: Schizophrenia Cecilia McGough puts a face to schizophrenia and helps empower college students through the upcoming non-profit Students With Schizophrenia. (15 minutes)
Toilets, Bowties, Gender and Me If you met Audrey Mason-Hyde, you might think Audrey was a boy, which isn’t quite correct, but calling Audrey a girl doesn’t feel quite right either. Why is it so important for us to know someone else’s gender? We live in a gendered world, but for Audrey, gender is fluid at best an uncomfortable construct. Is there a way to be less reliant on gender in our interactions with people? (11 minutes)
My Identity is a Superpower – Not an Obstacle Hollywood needs to stop resisting what the world actually looks like, says actor, director and activist America Ferrera. (14 minutes)
The Disturbing History of the Suburbs An “Adam Ruins Everything” episode that humorously educates how redlining (the racist housing policy from the Jim Crow era that still affects us today) came to be. (6 minutes)
The Year I Was Homeless Becky Blanton planned to live in her van for a year and see the country, but when depression set in and her freelance job ended, her camping trip turned into homelessness.
Color Blind or Color Brave The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it’s a “conversational third rail.” But, she says, that’s exactly why we need to start talking about it.
How to Talk (and Listen) to Transgender People Gender should be the least remarkable thing about someone, but transgender people are still too often misunderstood. To help those who are scared to ask questions or nervous about saying the wrong thing, Jackson Bird shares a few ways to think about trans issues.
Why Kids Need to Learn about Gender and Sexuality Lindsay Amer is the creator of “Queer Kid Stuff,” an educational video series that breaks down complex ideas around gender and sexuality through songs and metaphors. (8 min)
I’m Mexican. Does that Change Your Assumptions About Me? We are really good at forming judgements of other people and jump to conclusions based on how they look, sound, by their last names and by the color of their skin. But imagine if you could develop a simple tactic to challenge the assumptions that limit your life? (15 min)
It’s a new day, a new week. As we continue to celebrate Employee Health and Fitness Month, find something this week that:
Make it a great day!
I. Click on the calendar graphic above to obtain more information and register! Below is a brief overview of what you’ll find:
II. During the 3rd week of each month, free HeartAware screenings (provided by Bryan Health) are offered at different locations throughout the County. This month we’re at Antelope Park on 5/18, County City Building on 5/19, and County Extension on 5/20.
III. Track your goals. Write down your monthly goals and what you need to do to reach them. Find a way to hold yourself accountable and track your progress – give this habit tracker coloring sheet a try!
Employee Health and Wellness Program Coordinator
3131 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510
I. April Wellness Champion
a. Congratulations to Dan Frederick from District Court – Juvenile Department! Here are a few words from his nominator: I often see and hear him moving around the office helping and training other staff. I hear him saying, “I don’t mind, Have you been helped?, and How can I help?”, all the time. He is dependable, helpful, knowledgeable, intelligent and always willing to help fellow staff members, the public, juvenile persons from upstairs, and attorneys. Dan will help anyone who comes in the front door, it doesn’t matter if they are here for a certain department. If Dan can help, he seems to.
i. You can nominate a co-worker who inspires you to “be well” or contributes to wellness in the workplace by filling out this form.
II. Monthly Wellness Tip: Be Well at Work
a. Depending on your shift schedule, you spend a third, half, or even your entire day at work! It is important that your self-care doesn’t take time off when you’re on the job. Here are some tips to keep you feeling your best:
i. Stock your snack drawer. Healthy, convenient options can save you from impulse buys at the vending machine, convenience stores, and fast food. Keep individual-serving packages of almonds, pistachios, dried fruit (no sugar added), whole grain crackers, low-sodium jerky, roasted chickpeas, low-sugar/high fiber granola bars, applesauce pouches, mandarin oranges, bananas, grape tomatoes, or other snacks that help you meet your wellness goals handy. If you have a refrigerator handy, keep your favorite produce items, cheese sticks, Greek yogurt, steam-in-the-bag veggies, or other favorite cold items.
ii. Fit in fitness. Stretch regularly, go for a 2-3 minute walk every 60-90 minutes (do double duty and fill your water bottle while you’re up), keep a pair of sneakers at your workstation so you can go for a quick powerwalk at lunch, do squats or calf raises while you’re on a conference call (or while seated, do leg extensions – I’m doing them now as I type this email), or ride your bike to and from work.
iii. Take advantage of the benefits offered to City and County employees.
iv. Participate in wellness programming.
v. Track your goals. Write down your monthly goals and what you need to do to reach them. Find a way to hold yourself accountable and track your progress – give this habit tracker coloring sheet a try!
III. Monthly Attachments
a. CLICK HERE to open a folder containing the information below using your Lincoln.ne.gov or Lancaster.ne.gov email credentials. If you need them sent as an attachment, please feel free to request them by replying to this email.
Do you feel strongly about one of the observances above? Strike up a conversation with a coworker, friend or family member. Raise awareness and make a difference!
Employee Health and Wellness Program Coordinator
3131 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510