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The Hero’s Journey

| by Raquiba LaBrie in Education Equity

Students Reflect on How They Made It to a Four-Year Degree

Undocumented graduates’ stories show the value of investing in critical supports and services for a very vulnerable population.

People who study storytelling know that one of the universal themes found in the ancient stories of many cultures is the “hero’s journey.”  During this journey, heroes grapple with fear, encounter guides who he…

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Welcoming Sepi Aghdaee

| by Denis Chicola in Community

Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Hires New Program Officer

Sepi Aghdaee will support the Fund’s grantmaking across programs and issues, including longtime community partnerships in the Bay Area.

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund announced today that it has hired Sepi Aghdaee as program officer. Sepi joins the Fund after a two-year fellowship with the San Francisco Foundation for emerging leaders in phila…

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Statement on Family Separation and Detention

| by Jennie Lehua Watson in Immigrant Rights

Philanthropy Responds to Inhumane Family Separation and Detention Policies.

More than 200 institutions sign a statement in support of children and families seeking refuge in the United States.

This statement was originally published by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR).  In an effort to punish immigrants crossing the Southern border of the United States, the current adminis…

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LGBT Rights After Masterpiece

Federal Law Protecting LGBT People is Realistic and a Long-Overdue Goal

Supreme Court decision shows the work of protecting LGBT families from discrimination is not done.

We have made significant progress for LGBT equality in our country in recent years. Many of us hoped last week’s Supreme Court Masterpiece Cakeshop decision would help blaze another trail to end the discri…

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It’s Time for a Federal Solution to LGBT Discrimination

| by Matt Foreman in Gay & Lesbian Rights

Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision Shows Need for National Protection for LGBT People

Supreme Court ruling opens door to wave of new anti-LGBT laws in the states, makes federal action essential to protect LGBT families.

This piece was published by The Advocate. In the wake of last week’s inconclusive Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, here’s a prediction o…

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