Diversity & Inclusivity Committee

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The mission of the Diversity & Inclusivity Committee is to foster the growth and participation of underrepresented* populations at our school, and to build awareness through education in order to accept and appreciate all members in our community. *These differences and similarities include age, ethnicity, language and culture, economic status, educational background, gender, geographic location, housing status, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position and tenure, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, body shape and size, immigration status, indigenous heritage, and work experience.

La meta de la Comité de la diversidad y la inclusión es promover el crecimiento y la participación de la gente bajo-representada* en nuestra escuela, y levantar la conciencia, a través de la educación, para aceptar y valorar todo el socio de nuestra comunidad. *Estas diferencias y semejanzas incluyen la edad, la etnia, el lenguaje y la cultura, el estado económico, la experiencia educacional, el género, el lugar geográfico, el estado de alojamiento, el estado civil, la capacidad mental, la nacionalidad, la posición organizativa y antigüedad, el estado paterno, la capacidad física, la filosofía política, la raza, la religión, la orientación sexual, la forma y el tamaño del cuerpo, estado de inmigración, herencia indígena, y la experiencia de trabajo.

Next meeting: Wednesday, May 2nd, 4:00 p.m.

Our regular meeting time is usually the first Wednesday of every month after school (4:00 p.m.) in the Library, please join us!! We will always have a Spanish speaking person present at our meetings who can translate.

Questions? Email the committee co-chairs
Perri Klein perrineufeld@gmail.com or
Sara Hatayama sarahatayama@gmail.com

Calendar | Resources | Past Events

April 2018

A characteristic of a school that subscribes to inclusive excellence is an appreciation for dates and events that are important to a wide range of cultures and religions. Below is a listing of events to serve as a resource for all and a tool for those planning events. Please share any widely-recognized cultural or religious observances you would like to be included on this calendar.

  • April: Celebrate Diversity Month
    Started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, we hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other.
  • April: Autism Awareness Month
    A nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.
  • April 1: EASTER, Christians
    Recognizes Jesus’ return from death after the crucifixion.
  • April 2: WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
    Global day to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support of autism.
  • April 5: QING MING (TOMB SWEEPING DAY), Chinese Cultural Festival
    This public holiday is the only traditional Chinese holiday celebrated according to the solar calendar. This is a day for paying homage to one’s ancestors by visiting graves and leaving flowers and food.
  • April 6: NATIONAL TARTAN DAY, Scottish American
    This day recognizes the contributions of Scottish Americans to the U.S.; and the date coincides with the signing of a declaration of Scottish independence at Arbroath.
  • April 7: RWANDA GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION, Rwanda
    In Rwanda, the genocide of Tutsis is remembered each year on April 7th, when people go to memorial sites for mourning and remembering the victims.
  • April 8: EASTERN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN EASTER, Eastern Orthodox Christian
    Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar their Western brothers and sisters.
  • April 12: HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY
    A time to “mourn the loss of lives, celebrate those who saved them, honor those who survived, and contemplate the obligations of the living”- former President Barack Obama.
  • April 13: LAILAT-AL-MIRAJ, a Muslim holiday that commemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s night time journey from Mecca to the ‘Farthest Mosque’ in Jerusalem where he ascended to heaven, was purified, and given the instruction for Muslims to pray five times daily.
  • April 14: VAISAKHI (ALSO SPELLED BAISAKHI)
    The celebration of the founding of the Sikh community as the Khalsa (community of the initiated) and the birth of the Khalsa.
  • April 20-May 2: THE FESTIVAL OF RIDVAN
    A holiday celebrated by those of the Baha’i Faith, commemorating the 12 days when Baha’u’llah, the prophet-founder, resided in a garden called Ridvan (Paradise) and publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age.
  • April 21, 29, May 2: FIRST DAY OF THE RIDVAN FESTIVAL, Baha’i
    On the first, ninth, and twelfth day of Ridvan, meaning “paradise,” Baha’is commemorate the declaration of Baha’u’llah in 1863 of his mission as a messenger of God to the world. Although Baha’is observe all twelve days, these three days are ones on which they refrain from work.
  • April 22: EARTH DAY
    Promotes peace and sustainability of planet Earth. Events are held globally to show support of environmental protection of the earth.
  • April 24: ARMENIAN MARTYRS’ DAY
    Recognizes the genocide of approximately 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 in Turkey.
  • April 27: THE DAY OF SILENCE
    The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and their supporters. Students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBT students and their supporters.

Resources

Denver Public Schools – Safe and Welcoming School District, includes Immigration Rights FAQ

Denver Public Library – Services to Immigrants and Refugees

City of Denver – Immigrant and Refugee Assistance