Week FOURTEEN in the Challenge to Build Habits Supporting Racial Equity:
November is Native American Heritage Month
As we give thanks for our many blessings this Thanksgiving, let’s remember to reflect on historic events from the vantage point of the Native population. We have added a number of different articles/videos covering various issues for you. Pick and choose, or watch them all over the next week!
- Do American Indians Celebrate Thanksgiving?
- Learn why Native Americans observe a Day of Mourning on November 27.
- We further encourage you to watch this Teen Vogue video with Native American teenagers reflecting on what the Thanksgiving holiday means for them.
- Six Native Americans were elected into Congress this month. Read more about them here.
- Award-winning Oakland-born Native American author Tommy Orange on his book “There, There” about the Native American experience in a modern, urban setting. Enjoy this PBS Newshour interview with Tommy Orange: (6-minute YouTube video)
- Missing and Murdered: America’s Forgotten Native American Girls - BBC’s The Documentary Podcast (28-minute listen)
- In honor of trans awareness week last week, we’d also like to share an article about educator and activist Kumu Hina, a Native Hawaiian transgender person.
Nov 29 Ordering Deadline for Acalanes DEI Yard Signs
Available at shop.acalanes.com.
The APC is committed to working with our Acalanes parent and student community as well as our staff and our school and district administration to promote a positive school climate at Acalanes that encourages a culture of inclusivity and belonging for all. It is not enough to denounce acts of racism, we must also work to challenge ourselves and our students to be anti-racist every day. The scope of this committee will encompass the full spectrum of diversity including gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and mental and physical ability.
Our vision is a positive school climate in which all members of our school community feel welcome regardless of their differences and in which students feel empowered to enter the world as engaged and active global citizens.
We are dedicated to identifying, implementing, and supporting a strategic approach to building an empowered school community that celebrates diversity and actively opposes discrimination of race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, or any other aspect of one’s identity.
- Create a safe and healing space for our school community to communicate with one another within the scope of DEI (social issues, identity, current events, school culture)
- Facilitate parent educational opportunities for DEI
- Support and promote cultural events organized by Acalanes and its students
- Partner with Acalanes and District Administration to support and advance school and district efforts