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A Note from the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Team

Monday, September 21, 2020   (0 Comments)
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 Note from the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Team:

As shared by Dr. Rebecca Baumgartner, CDE, MS, PHR, SHRM-SCP

It says a lot about the legacy Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves behind that, instead of mourning the loss of a remarkable human being, many people are mourning what is to come. Mourning what impact this is going to have on our society, our country, and the moral fiber that she so strongly personified. The significance of her passing on Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat is a testament to this moral fiber. According to Jewish tradition, a person who dies on Shabbat, and even more so on Rosh Hashanah (both of which began Friday night) is a “tsaddik”, a person of great righteousness. Over this week, as many in the Jewish faith observe the Jewish High Holy Days, leading up to Yom Kippur, they will reflect on repentance and reflection of action. No doubt, many of us will also be reflecting on how we can remember her legacy and carry the torch forward.

No matter what your political beliefs are, the passing of this legal mind is a true loss for everyone. For those who want to remember who she was, the obstacles she fought to overcome, and her drive to create a more fair and equitable system, here are some resources.


New York Times, “Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsberg”

The documentaryRBG” – An informative documentary portrait of Justice Ginsburg during her 25th year on the bench and illustrating how she became such a cultural icon. Streaming on Amazon Video and Hulu

Clips of her most memorable speeches


Support causes that she cared about. In 2019, Ginsburg was awarded the annual Philosophy and Culture award from the Berggruen Institute, an independent think tank. She donated the $1 million to dozens of nonprofits, including the organizations below.

  • The Malala Fund, founded by Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, advocates for girls' stable access to free, safe and quality schooling.
  • Hand in Hand, a network of integrated public schools where Jewish and Arab children in Israel learn together -- and from each another -- with the hopes of fostering peace, respect and understanding.


Learn about and explore the “Notorious RBG” exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center -