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De izquierda a derecha, Todd Bailey, Joyce Bailey, Brenda Urquiza y Tara Kebbs, se reunieron en marzo de 2021 en el Arizona Heritage Center en Tempe para rendir homenaje a los arizonenses que murieron por COVID-19. Un estudio de The Lancet en marzo dice que Arizona registró 581 muertes por cada 100,000 personas, la tasa más alta en los EE. UU.

Arizona tuvo la tasa de mortalidad por COVID-19 más alta del país, una tasa similar a la de las tres naciones con las tasas de muerte por coronavirus más altas del mundo, y los latinos y los negros tenían más probabilidades de morir por COVID-19 que otros grupos raciales. Read more»

Supporters say DEI hiring policies, such as striving to interview a certain number of minority candidates for an open job, are designed to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the population.

Lawmakers in Arizona, Texas, Florida, and six other red states have proposed slashing funding for or banning diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in higher education as DEI initiatives are becoming yet another flashpoint in a culture war over race and gender. Read more»

Todd Bailey, Joyce Bailey, Brenda Urquiza and Tara Kebbs, from left, gathered in March 2021 at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe to pay respects and honor the Arizonans who died from COVID-19. A Lancet study in March says Arizona recorded 581 deaths per 100,000 people – the highest rate in the U.S.

Arizona had the highest rate of COVID-19 deaths in the nation over three years, a death rate similar to that of the three nations with the highest coronavirus death rates in the world, and Latinos and Blacks were more likely to die of COVID-19 than other racial groups. Read more»

Autism in Arizona and across the U.S. is on the rise as awareness has led to earlier detection in communities of color, health experts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

Autism in Arizona and across the U.S. is on the rise, as awareness has led to earlier detection in communities of color, and research revealed that autism spectrum disorder is not based so much on “biological differences” as on socioeconomic circumstances. Read more»

An executive order issued by Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs prohibits hair-based discrimination against state employees and contractors in the workplace and public schools. The order is part of the CROWN Act movement.

An executive order issued by Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs Friday prohibits hair-based discrimination against state employees and contractors in the workplace and public schools. The order was inspired by the CROWN Act, which was enacted by Tucson and Tempe in 2021. Read more»

Medical care of autistic adults is marked with bias from doctors who may question their autistic identity, talk down to them or be reluctant to make accommodations, advocates say. It’s why they say autistic patients often have to advocate for themselves in the doctor’s office.

Doctors often show bias toward autistic adults, showing skepticism about their autistic identity, using ableist language or failing to recognize autistic people may react differently to sensory stimuli like pain, and this leads to distinct challenges for autistic adults. Read more»

It’s been widely reported that Black and Hispanic students are much more likely to be suspended than their white peers and that students with disabilities are also more likely to be suspended than students without disabilities.

Some Arizona legislators and school officials want to pull back a 2021 law that makes it more difficult to suspend the state’s youngest elementary school students, unless they were at least seven years old and their behavior reached a certain threshold. Read more»

One of Major League Baseball’s priority is to make the game more attractive to Black youth at a time when only 7% of MLB players are Black.

Baseball has come a long way since Jackie Robinson etched his name in the game’s history books, but the feeling of being the odd one out still remains as only 7% of major league players are Black — but the next generation of minority players hope to increase that number. Read more»

Bill Russell with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Sylvia Mendez at the White House before receiving the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

As dozens of GOP-controlled state legislatures across the U.S. have either considered or enacted laws restricting how race is taught in public schools, numerous stories have been published over the years exploring the rich terrain of Black history. Read more»

Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses the crowd at the Civil Rights March, August 28, 1963.

Uses of King’s words, especially by right-wing conservatives, are too often attempts to weaponize his memory against the multicultural democracy of which King could only dream. Read more»

Black and Hispanic students are half as likely to transfer as white students, and lower-income students half as likely as higher-income ones, contributing to the fact that only 28 percent of Black and 21 percent of Hispanic adults have bachelor’s degrees, compared to 42 percent of white adults.

The already low proportion of students who transfer from community colleges to bachelor’s degree-granting universities fell by about 10 percent over the last two years, with the decline even larger for Black students and men - part of the drop in people going to college at all. Read more»

An Arizona National Guard soldier tests a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation for COVID-19 in Santa Rosa in August, 2020.

The true toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on many communities of color — from Portland, Oregon, to Navajo Nation tribal lands in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, to sparsely populated rural Texas towns — is worse than previously known. Read more»

Hobbs speaks at Planned Parenthood in Tucson during the early days of her campaign.

Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs is taking the state’s child protective services agency in a radically different direction in the wake of an investigation into the racial disparities that have plagued the child welfare system here. Read more»

Tyequan Colkey, 19, es un estudiante de 12º grado de El Dorado High School, una preparatoria chárter de Chandler, Ariz., que no suspende a los estudiantes por infracciones de asistencia.

Para el año escolar 2021-22, los distritos de todo el país enfrentaban lo que muchos denominaron una crisis de ausentismo debido a que el cierre de escuelas relacionado con la pandemia causó estragos en la asistencia, y los educadores tuvieron que actuar. Read more»

Officer Melissa Ayun, who recruits for the Tucson Police department, says some of the best recruiting efforts occur during community outreach. “It’s two-fold: an opportunity to engage with the community and recruit,” she writes.

Police departments across the country are hemorrhaging officers faster than recruiters can find qualified applicants. Read more»

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