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How pinwheels and Play-Doh could address post-tornado trauma in Lee County

The Montgomery Advertiser

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Comfort kits provide children with a therapeutic outlet during times of disaster recovery. With disaster relief often centered on adult needs, the kits of Play-Doh, books and various toys distributed in the aftermath of tornado damage in Lee County, Alabama, specifically address stressors borne b...

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Does Baltimore Need a Crime-Tracking App?

CityLab

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Citizen, a crime-tracking app that first made an appearance in New York and California, has launched in Baltimore, Maryland, a city with a crime rate that has skyrocketed in recent years. Alerting community members to crime happening at specific locations via curation by city safety officials, th...

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Baylor officials open up about extensive Title IX reform

Arizona Daily Star

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In the aftermath of multiple sexual assault incidents, Baylor University has moved toward turning what was once a culture of avoidance into a culture of accountability. The university has increased the staff, funding, and resources devoted to its Title IX office, including a new website for stude...

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Oregon's unique Title IX reporting policy gives autonomy to students

Arizona Daily Star

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Confidential points of contact allow victims to reach out about Title IX violations and sexual assault on their own terms. Following multiple incidents involving members of its basketball team, the University of Oregon has reconfigured the way its Title IX programs function. New policies that all...

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Utah routinely implements Title IX changes to ensure student safety

Arizona Daily Star

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Amid the nationwide discussion surrounding gender non-discrimination and sexual misconduct at American universities, the University of Utah has taken a proactive approach to realign its Title IX policies. In addition to reviewing the policies of its Office of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action...

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Serving Survivors: In Rural States, Telemedicine Connects Sexual Assault Survivors To Services

Ohio Valley Resource

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Gillette, Wyoming is a small rural town that isn't connected to many resources, so that help for people who have experienced traumas can be difficult to access. With the implementation of the Gillette Abuse Refuge Foundation, however, that isolation is decreasing. Through digital connections dubb...

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Art for the Aging

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Producing art has a positive influence on the health of senior citizens. In addition to promoting the work of artists aged sixty and above in galleries and exhibitions, the Geezer Galley in Portland, Oregon, leads art therapy sessions at senior living facilities. With studies showing a positive c...

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Fighting climate gentrification with a radical community garden

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To cope with and combat gentrification, residents of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood created a community garden called the Femme Fairy Garden, founded by Fempower. Community members come together every Sunday to tend to their plants and connect with their neighbors.

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Australia is building community alternatives to prisons — they work

Apolitical

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With their national imprisonment rate on the rise, Australia is pivoting to a justice reinvestment strategy that diverts money towards "early intervention, prevention and diversion." Although this has yet to be implemented on a large scale, small projects are underway in parts of the country and ...

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In Chicago, Science and Industry Also Means Art and Creativity

Next City

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Art inspires innovation. At the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the annual Black Creativity festival focuses both on championing the voices of African-American artists, innovators, and community leaders, and on inspiring creativity, ingenuity, and innovation in youth. Through hands-on ...

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