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December 2022

Notes From ODEI Staff

Three members of the ACI cohort were awarded academic scholarships. Julia Upton, Kaitlyn Jackson, and Elizabeth Jordan were honored at an awards luncheon on campus. These students exemplified the academic and leadership virtues that our program is built upon.


Whatever is beautiful. Whatever is meaningful. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this Christmas season and throughout the coming year. Please continue to send future newsletter submissions to my email by the third Friday of each month.   


Happy Holidays! 

I hope you enjoy the break.  We illuminate three holidays in December: 

  1. December is HIV/AIDS Awareness Month 
  2. Hanukkah   
  3. Kwanzaa 


A few other December holidays are below:

  • December 1: World AIDS Day 
  • December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities 
  • December 7 - December 15: Hanukkah (always on the 25th day of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar) 
  • December 8: Bodhi Day 
  • December 10: International Human Rights Day 
  • December 16 - December 24: Las Posadas 
  • December 25: Christmas 
  • December 26 to January 1: Kwanzaa 



Please enjoy this video about Kwanzaa.  Note: the narrator does not quite get the Swahili pronunciation of some of the words, but it is solid otherwise. 


HIV/AIDS Awareness Month 

December is HIV/AIDS Awareness Month. This video features HIV/AIDS activist Whoopi Goldberg introduced Johnson and Johnson’s Chief Scientific Officer, Paul Stoffels, who spoke about a major breakthrough in the fight against this disease — large scale efficacy testing of the HIV vaccine in humans — at Global Citizen Festival NYC on Sept. 23, presented by T-Mobile.


Special Thanks to Rabbi Meir Muller for sharing the following information and resources for Hanukkah:

Hanukkah, (Hebrew: “Dedication”) also spelled ḤanukkaChanukah, or Chanukkah, also called Feast of DedicationFestival of Lights, or Feast of the Maccabees, Jewish festival that begins on Kislev 25 (usually in December, according to the Gregorian calendar) and is celebrated for eight days. Hanukkah reaffirms the ideals of Judaism and commemorates in particular the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem by the lighting of candles on each day of the festival. Although not mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures, Hanukkah came to be widely celebrated and remains one of the most popular Jewish religious observances. Hanukkah is celebrated from Monday, December 19 to Monday, December 26 in 2022.

For more information on the holiday, visit:


Gaurav Harshe

Holmes Scholar Recognized at NAFSA Conference

Gaurav Harshe (Holmes Scholar in Educational Leadership and Policies) was awarded the 2022 New Professional Award at the NAFSA Region VII conference in Charlotte. Gaurav was nominated by his field mentor Leslie Reynolds, who unbeknownst to him, gathered recommendation letters and surprised him at the Conference! 

Meir Muller

Join us for Centering Diaspora Symposium: Jewish Diaspora featuring Meir Muller

Thursday, February 2, 6:00 p.m.
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2023 Equity in Education Conference invitation. includes event information and photos of Tiffany Jewell and Anthony Broughton.

The 2023 Equity In Education Conference is coming up

Join us for our 6th annual Equity in Education Conference featuring  Tiffany Jewell, NYT bestselling author of "This Book is Anti-Racist" and Anthony Broughton, Mister B of Claflin University.


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