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Diversity & Inclusion

Debbie Foster

By Debbie Foster

The Difference “Differences” Make

During this election and high-stakes political season, there are constant references to understanding the “differences” between candidates’ positions on critical issues at the community, city, state, national and international levels.  Having a different point of view or being visibly different in and of itself does not lead to conflict and behavior unbecoming to a human being.  It is our thinking and the meaning we attach to what we hear and experience that creates the response.



Debbie Foster

By Debbie Foster

Discussing Diversity and Inclusion at the State Department

Yesterday, I was among a group of 100 diversity leaders, invited to the State Department to discuss diversity and inclusion as it relates to U.S. Foreign Policy. The energy and excitement among the leaders were palpable. The “ wisdom session” as the invitation indicated, featured keynote speakers, panels and workshops presented by individuals representing the private, public and NGO sectors. More


Second Annual Student United Way Award Winners Announced

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We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the second annual Student United Way Awards recognition program established by the Volunteer & Employee Engagement Council of United Way Worldwide, in order to highlight the inspirational, cutting edge, innovative and impactful efforts of Student United Ways across the globe. More


Lessons on Leadership from a Nobel Laureate and Youth Leaders

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Judge Shirin Ebadi

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the twenty-third annual National Service Learning Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference was jam-packed with excellent workshops, best practice exchange seminars, inspirational stories, notable leaders and motivational speakers. The goal? To invigorate thousands of individuals who lead and represent the global youth service-learning movement – students, educators, non-profit professionals, volunteers and more! As I begin to reflect on the week of learning I’d like to share a few highlights and takeaways that are fresh on my mind… More


Brian Cox

By Brian Cox

It Gets Better

Members of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago staff and friends from the community came together to submit a video for the It Gets Better Project.



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