Phoenix College alumni members donate student holiday meals

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Biden reveals the 13 members of his COVID-19 advisory board, co-chaired by a former surgeon general, a former FDA commissioner, and a Yale University professor

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President-elect Joe Biden speaks Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. Associated Press/Andrew Harnik

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President-elect Joe Biden speaks Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. Associated Press/Andrew Harnik

  • President-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris announced Monday the public health experts making up their COVID-19 advisory board.
  • The panel will comprise of 13 members, co-chaired by Vivek Murthy, a former surgeon general, Marcella Nunez-Smith, an associate professor of medicine at Yale University, and David Kessler, the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner.
  • Biden said in a statement that the COVID-19 advisory board “will help shape my approach” to managing the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Rick Bright, a former Trump administration official who criticized the country’s approach to the pandemic, is also on the board.
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President-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris announced Monday the 13 members of their COVID-19 advisory board, made up entirely of prominent health experts.

The panel will be

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BrightView to Pay $6 Million in Bonuses to Frontline Team Members

BrightView Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BV) (“the Company” or “BrightView”), the leading commercial landscaping services company in the United States, today announced that it would pay $6 million in one-time bonuses to frontline team members for their work during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak. More than 13,500 employees in branches across the U.S. will receive the bonus.

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A BrightView Landscapes crew member tends a client’s property during the coronavirus outbreak. BrightView today gave $6 million in bonuses to more than 13,500 frontline workers. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Very early in the pandemic, landscaping was designated an essential service by federal and state authorities, allowing us to continue to serve our clients and help assure the safety of their properties,” said BrightView President and CEO Andrew Masterman. “For our frontline team members, this meant working outside, day after day, providing those

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Washington-area voters elect new school board members at unprecedented moment for education

Washington-area residents who voted in massive numbers for the presidential election Tuesday also cast ballots to decide the composition of school boards throughout the region — results that are especially consequential this year as school systems struggle to determine when and how to reopen classrooms.

In the nation’s capital, where the mayor holds most authority over the school district, the non-partisan State Board of Education wields little power, but the nine representatives have emerged as prominent voices in the city’s education debate. Most of the presumed victors Tuesday — vote counts were not completed — have said that Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) bungled her plan to reopen schools and that classrooms should remain closed until city officials fully include teachers and parents in reopening discussions.

[D.C. cancels plans to bring back some elementary students back to classrooms on Nov. 9. ]

In Maryland and Northern Virginia, by contrast,

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Petition launched as concerns about winter semester grow among University of Michigan community members

ANN ARBOR, MI — A letter and petition addressed to University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel and Provost Susan Collins has more than 1,000 signatures from people concerned about the university’s plan for the winter 2021 semester.

The petition, which opened for signatures on Oct. 30, states those who have signed are concerned there has not been an open discussion with either the UM or Washtenaw County communities regarding next semester. The petition requests discussion s take place before any plan is made official.

The petition’s key issues include moving as much teaching as possible online, limiting student population density to those with academic or personal needs, mandatory COVID-19 testing for all students, on-demand COVID-19 self-testing for all members of the UM community and making a commitment to the public health of the surrounding community.

The petition notes that some of the issues, like mandatory COVID-19 testing for all students

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Should You Ask Diverse Members of Your Team to Help Attract More Diverse Talent?

A lot more companies have put increased effort on diversity, inclusion, and belonging since the death of George Floyd. Many have focused their resources on building a more diverse team. But as more brands are figuring out how to find and engage diverse talent, many are finding that they are unsure of how to go about doing so in an authentic way.

I’ve talked to a lot of business owners on this topic over the past few months. One question that popped up more than once was how to engage existing diverse team members to help with diversity recruiting efforts.

The quick answer is this: Don’t ask.

If they volunteer to be a part of an initiative, or raise their hand to participate in already planned recruitment events, such as going to the Black MBA Conference, that’s ok. But to ask them to plan or even seek their input on

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University of Michigan fraternity in legal dispute after admitting women, non-binary members

ANN ARBOR, MI — The national chapter of the Michigan Sigma Phi fraternity is suing the University of Michigan chapter, claiming that admitting a woman and having a member who identifies as non-binary has caused harm to its trademark, a lawsuit says.

The lawsuit, which was filed by Sigma Phi Society on Oct. 20 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, alleges that the conduct of members at UM’s chapter of Sigma Phi has caused “irreparable harm to the valuable Trademarks, including infringement and dilution thereof, and to National Sigma Phi’s image, identity, and goodwill.”

The national chapter also filed a preliminary injunction to stop the local chapter from using the name.

“I am troubled that an internal dispute (where a) chapter (is) deciding to have more inclusion by broadening their membership has been met by a federal court trademark lawsuit,” said David Nacht, the Ann Arbor-based attorney representing the UM

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