Diversity & Inclusivity Committee

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The mission of the Diversity & Inclusivity Committee is to foster the growth and participation of under-represented* populations at our school, and to build awareness through education in order to accept and appreciate all members in our community.

Calendar | Resources

Next meeting: Wednesday, November 8th, 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.

*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, and work experience.

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

October 2017

A monthly calendar of holidays and important days in various cultures and religions around the world.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, LGBT History Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month ends on October 15th.

  • October 1: Ashura, An Islamic holiday commemorating the day Noah left the ark and the day Allah saved Moses from the Egyptians.
  • October 4: Chinese Moon Festival, mid-autumn celebration when moon cakes are eaten in thanks for a good harvest.
  • October 4 – 11 (Evening): Jewish Holiday of Sukkot is a seven day festival giving thanks for the fall harvest.
  • October 9: Canadian Thanksgiving. It is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year.
  • October 9: National Indigenous People’s Day is an alternative celebration to Columbus Day, promoting political correctness in giving recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization.
  • October 11 – 12 (Evening): Shemini Atzeret is the day after the Sukkot festival where gratitude for the fall harvest is deeply internalized.
  • October 11: National Coming Out Day. For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.
  • October 12-13 (Evening): Simchat Torah marks the end of the weekly readings of the Torah. The holy book is read from chapter one of Genesis, to Deuteronomy 34, then back to chapter one again, in acknowledgement of the words of the Torah being a circle; a never ending cycle.
  • October 19: Diwali is the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh five-day festival of lights celebrating new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, lightness over darkness.
  • October 20: The day Sikhs celebrate Sri Guru Granth Sahib who is their spiritual guide.
  • October 20: The Birth of the Bab, a holiday celebrated by the Baha’i recognizing the birth of the founder of the Baha’i faith, beginning the evening of October 19.
  • October 21: The 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith.
  • October 22 marks the beginning of Dussehra (Dasera), a ten-day festival celebrated by Hindus to recognize Rama’s victory over evil.
  • October 23: Ashura, a holiday recognized by Muslims to mark the martyrdom of Hussain. It also commemorates the day Noah left the ark and Moses was saved from the Egyptians by God.
  • October 31: Halloween, the eve of All-Saints’ Day

Resources

Denver Public Schools – Safe and Welcoming School District, includes Immigration Rights FAQ
https://www.dpsk12.org/safe-and-welcoming-school-district/

Denver Public Library – Services to Immigrants and Refugees
https://www.denverlibrary.org/services-immigrants

City of Denver – Immigrant and Refugee Assistance
https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/human-rights-and-community-partnerships/our-offices/immigrant-and-refugee-affairs/immigrant-and-refugee-assistance.html