Holding hands at the hospital.
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“There is no me without you” — a cliché that is often referred to when speaking about lovers. Looking at his pictures defined a time in my life that was incredible, and for some reason, I thought that I had been the source of my own happiness. It was long…


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Recognizing Not All Spaces Are Empty

My fiancé, David, was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March 2020 before most people even had a chance to purchase masks and quarantine for the year that would follow. I dropped him off outside the hospital and went home to wait by the phone. Imaginable…


A New Normal Doesn’t Exist

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‘They’ say the world would never be the same. Talks of a new normal loom. Many believe the pandemic is over but few really understand what that means to some of us. “We are heading back to the way things were,” many argue. To me…


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The Separation Between You and Your Loved ‘ONE’

Dear Friend,

It hurt me that I had to be the bearer of bad news when I informed you that we had to go our separate ways. You had been with me since we were young. You were there when I was…


We Lost Loved Ones To COVID-19

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Now that society has appeared to slowly be opening up, people are returning to ‘normal’ after a year or more of what appeared to be everyone’s worst nightmare. For over a million people however, returning to normal is a luxury held by a small few. …


Ally is A Verb, Not a Noun!

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How can I help people of color (POC) and LGBTQIA+ groups? How can I advocate for the less fortunate? How can I support Asian Americans being attacked by US terrorists? You have heard the term ‘allies’ but what does that really mean to you? What steps will you take to…


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Think for a moment about a time when you judged someone based on their appearance, the car they were driving, or even their accent. If I say ‘southern born’ what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Large figure? Disabled veteran? African American? Transgender? Jewish? Single parent? Women…


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Using Your JEDI Skills

An effective leader is an individual who can be a leader to all employees, at all levels, and during both good and bad times. However, when the leader is in the role of a diversity director, manager, or supervisor this person needs to be a forward thinker. A diversity leader…


And will never forget until I die…

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I bet each of you will never forget this turbulent year, but I especially have things that I will take away as lessons learned. In 2020, we, as a people, had to learn how to adjust our ideology about living our lives in…


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The term microaggression was not familiar to me growing up in Detroit during the mid 1980s. Attending a diverse, Catholic school led me to believe the entire world held the same beliefs and values as our middle class neighborhood.

A microaggression is simply defined as the everyday, subtle, intentional or…

Monica Hickson

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