What is Diversity and Inclusion?

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Diversity is difference- the quantifiable visible differences and the invisible human characteristics that demographics cannot track. It is any dimension of identity that can be used to differentiate groups of people from one another. Every living creature is diverse.

Inclusion is the notion that all cultures have perspectives, experiences and lifestyles that are rich, valuable and deserving of respect and consideration.  Inclusion is the state of being valued, respected and supported. Inclusive institutions have communities that recognize, involve and empower because of the inherent worth and dignity of all.

When partnered together, Diversity and Inclusion are powerful drivers of innovation.

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Student Diversity Leadership Council Pinning Ceremony

Thirteen new Upper School students were inducted into the Student Diversity Leadership Council on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. The annual ceremony featured a celebration of youth activism, highlighting the work of three organizations for young people of impact.

Rosana Guernica, and many other students at Carnegie Mellon University, delivered 16,000 lbs of supplies and helped to evacuate about 60 people in Puerto Rico in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Through this project, run entirely by students, hundreds of people affected by the natural disaster have been helped.

Charlene Carruthers is the national director of the Black Youth Project, a member-led organization of 18-35 year olds dedicated to fighting for justice, equality, and freedom for all people. Through educational think pieces, speeches and presentations given by members, and other forms of hands on activism, the organization has made a mark on thousands of people nationwide.  

Grassroots Leadership is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization based in Austin, Texas. Historically, the organization has been dedicated to a resource and training center for civil rights organizations building throughout the southern United States. Currently, Grassroots Leadership, in addition to guiding other organizations, funds research and promotes public education throughout Texas. Their most recent project has been helping to build a more effective and efficient prison system to return focus to rehabilitation of prisoners.

New members of the Parish Episcopal School Student Diversity Leadership Council are Ashley Awad, Kara Eisenstat, Yorgin Flores, Melany Gonzalez, Audra Grays, Alana Grissom, Sophie Kate Guillory, Logan Krohn, Yousuf Nadir, Sahair Patel, Natalie Pham, Robert Roseman, Mia Shroyer, Viv Verges, Muaz Wahid, and Rafay Wahid.

The Girl Child Project

Today, Parish 4th graders learned about children living in Uganda. This opportunity evolved from a partnership with a Parish alum who is stationed in Uganda with the Peace Corps for the next two years. Haley Block, Parish class of 2012, is serving as a financial adviser to entrepreneurs who are trying to build their small businesses. She is immersed in the Ugandan culture and she shared her experiences with our students to help them gain insight into a what, at first, seemed to be a very different culture. The goal of this lesson was to expose our 4th graders to the reality that although we are very far away from the people that we  learned about, we are really not that different.

The curriculum used for this first lesson was developed by the Peace Corps and introduced to Parish by Shannon Longfield.

 

Haley Block is a true example of how Parish prepares students to be leaders in our complex global society.

Watch Haley here

Upper School Diversity 101 – October 23rd

US Diversity 101 is Monday, October 23rd. A SDLC member we be visiting advisories to facilitate the Parish version of the #WHOWEARE project from PBS StoryCorp. #WhoWeAre is a campaign to share the stories of people in our country whose actions show us compassion and to send a message of empathy, hope and optimism. Students may choose to share pivotal moments that helped to shape who they are today, or about a person who inspires them, or about something that is important to their lives. We hope to gather our responses together and display them on the bulletin board in the 4th floor commons.    

Black History Month Speaker Series

Parish Episcopal School celebrated Black History Month with special guest speakers at the Midway Campus. The theme for the inaugural event was “Achievements Within Our Community” and featured presentations during Middle and Upper School chapel. The successful event was organized by Parish parents Andrea Christie, Karen Willis, Judy Davis and Dorothy Jones. The parent volunteers spent many hours putting together a dynamic list of professionals to come and share their stories with students. Special thanks to all of the speakers: Kiyah Willis ’17, Mandi Powe Dillon ’09, Walter Sutton Jr., Erin Patton and Jennifer Stimpson. Watch the video on Vimeo

Mandi Powe and BHM organizers