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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

A guide to highlight the resources at NECC on diversity, inclusion, equity, social justice, race, diverse functionality, gender, multiculturalism, LGBTTQI+, and anti-oppression..

Facts About IWD and Women's Rights

About International Women's Day

Clip Art for International Women's Day (vector art of BIPOC women standing)International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8. IWD commemorates the achievements of the women's rights movement that have advocated for gender equality, reproductive rights, access to education, safety at the workplace, and against violence and abuse. The commemoration of IWD can be traced to the early 20th century as the result of the women's labor movements in North America, Europe, and Russia. However, the women's labor movement is not limited to these continents and countries. There are notable feminist figures in Asia and Latin American countries as well.

The commemoration gained great significance during the Second Feminist Wave during the late 1960s and 1970s. United Nations officially started to commemorate IWD in 1977 (United Nations, n.d.; UNESCO, n.d.).

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Library Resources

The Gleaners and I | Available at Kanopy

Description: "Agnes Varda's extraordinary late-career renaissance began with this wonderfully idiosyncratic, self-reflexive documentary in which the French cinema icon explores the world of modern-day gleaners: those living on the margins who survive by foraging for what society throws away. Embracing the intimacy and freedom of digital filmmaking, Varda posits herself as a kind of gleaner of images and ideas, one whose generous, expansive vision makes room for ruminations on everything from aging to the birth of cinema to the beauty of heart-shaped potatoes. By turns playful, philosophical, and subtly political, THE GLEANERS AND I is a warmly human reflection on the contradictions of our consumerist world from an artist who, like her subjects, finds unexpected richness where few think to look."

Regarding Susan Sontag: Portrait of a Feminist Icon | Available at Kanopy.

Description: "An intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Endlessly curious, passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. This beautifully constructed documentary tracks Sontag's life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words as read by Patricia Clarkson.

From her early infatuation with books to her first experience in a gay bar; from her early marriage to her 15-year relationship with legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism continue to resonate today.

Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival."

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools | Available at Kanopy.

Description: "Inspired by the groundbreaking book of the same name by Monique W. Morris, Ed.D, PUSHOUT: THE CRIMINALIZATION OF BLACK GIRLS IN SCHOOLS takes a deep dive into the lives of Black girls and the practices, cultural beliefs and policies that disrupt one of the most important factors in their lives - education. Alarmingly, African American girls are the fastest-growing population in the juvenile justice system and the only group of girls to disproportionately experience criminalization at every education level.

The film underscores the challenges Black girls face with insights from multiple experts across the country who have worked extensively in the fields of social and criminal justice, gender equality and educational equity, giving context to the crisis and providing a roadmap for how our educational system and those who interact with Black girls can provide a positive rather than punitive response to behaviors that are often misunderstood or misrepresented."

Higher Education

"She Blinded Me with Science!"

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