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, March 7th, 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

March 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.

  • February 14-March 29: LENT, Western Christian
    Continuation of Lent, a 40-day period of spiritual preparation for Easter.
  • March: WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, National Celebration
    A month-long tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.
    A month established to increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
    A month-long recognition of the contribution that Irish immigrants and their descendants have played in the formation of our Nation.
  • March 1: SAINT DAVID’S DAY
    The feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, falls on the date of Saint David’s death in 589 AD.
  • March 2: LANTERN FESTIVAL, Chinese Cultural Festival
    Celebration of the end of the New Year season in the People’s Republic of China, celebrated by making elaborate lanterns to hang in temples.
  • March 2: HOLI, Hindu and Sikh
    A spring religious festival celebrated by lighting bonfires the day before in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika carried him into the fire.
  • March 12: MAGHA PUJA DAY, Buddhist
    Marks an event early in the Buddha’s teaching life when a group of 1,250 enlightened saints, ordained by the Buddha, gathered to pay their respect to him.
  • March 13 – April 15: DEAF HISTORY MONTH
    This observance celebrates key events in deaf history, including the founding of Gallaudet University and the American School for the Deaf.
  • March 17: ST. PATRICK’S DAY
    Holiday started in Ireland to recognize St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to the country in the early days of the faith.
  • March 20: VERNAL EQUINOX/OSTARA, Wiccan/Pagan
    A celebration of the spring equinox commemorated by Pagans and Wiccans. It is observed as a time to mark the coming of spring and the fertility of the land.
  • March 20-21: NAW-RÚZ THE BAHÁ’Í NEW YEAR
    A holiday celebrated on the vernal equinox. It is one of the nine Bahá’í holy days on which work is suspended.
  • March 21: NOWRUZ/NOROOZ, Persian
    Celebration of the New Year, a day of joy, celebration and renewal.
  • March 25: RAM NAVANI, Hindi
    A Hindu day of worship and celebration of the seventh avatar of Vishnu (Lord Rama). Honored by wearing red and placing extravagant flowers on the shrine of the God.
  • March 25: PALM SUNDAY, Christian
    A holiday commemorating the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. It is the last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of the Holy Week.
  • March 29: HOLY THURSDAY (MAUNDY THURSDAY), Western Christian
    Holy Thursday, aka Maundy Thursday, is the Thursday of Holy Week, commemorating the Institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Ordination.
  • March 29-April 1: TRIDUUM, Catholicism
    The Triduum is the three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday.
  • March 30: GOOD FRIDAY, Western Christian
    Good Friday is the Friday within Holy Week, and is a time of fasting and penance, commemorating the anniversary of Christ’s crucifixion and death.
  • March 30-April 7: PASSOVER, Judaism
    An eight-day Jewish holiday and festival in commemoration of the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.
  • March 31: HANUMAN JAYANTI, Hindu
    Hanuman Jayanti is the birthday of Hanuman, a god seen as a symbol of physical strength and perseverance.


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