When we asked Globe readers and staffers to tell us about people who deserve recog­ni­tion for pro­moting diver­sity in Mass­a­chu­setts, the nom­i­na­tions came flooding in for pas­sionate, ded­i­cated folks in almost every field. From the scores of worthy can­di­dates, we sin­gled out 12 who in very dif­ferent ways — from encour­aging women and people of color to run for office, to making cor­po­rate board­rooms more inclu­sive, to ensuring dis­ad­van­taged kids have equal access to col­lege — are breaking down bar­riers and even chal­lenging our very def­i­n­i­tion of diversity.

Sarah Honigfeld

Sarah Honigfeld has been speaking out for people with dis­abil­i­ties since she was a Girl Scout urging Con­necticut leg­is­la­tors to sup­port a bill to put closed cap­tioning in movie theaters.

Honigfeld, who was born deaf and is now a 22-​​year-​​old stu­dent majoring in human ser­vices at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, is still working to make the world a more inclu­sive place. She trans­formed Northeastern’s deaf club into a sign lan­guage club that includes people who can hear. She talks to Brook­line ele­men­tary school stu­dents about what it’s like to be deaf, telling them, “I’m just like you guys.… I like foot­ball. I like purple. I like cats.” And she recently went to India for three weeks to help deaf col­lege stu­dents learn how to get along in a hearing world.

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