February

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

Tolerance and diversity are terms that refer to a way of thinking about, and behaving toward, other people. Both ways of thinking aim to create a fairer society where everyone is treated the same and has the same opportunities, without prejudice arising from their physical or social characteristics. Countries across the world are becoming increasingly diverse in terms of society and people, so in response, attitudes and behaviors must change to preserve harmony and equality. Inclusion takes it a step further to embrace diversity in our communities.

Diversity

Diversity refers to the existence of differences within a group. A diverse group of people might differ in age, gender, sexuality, religion, class, disability, ethnicity, race and background.


Tolerance

Tolerance is the level of ability that someone has to recognize and respect other people’s values and beliefs. It also refers to the level of acceptance people offer toward those who are different from themselves, for example, in terms of ethnicity, religion and age. Being tolerant means accepting diversity and not expressing negative attitudes toward people who are different.


Inclusion

Inclusion is about ALL of us. Inclusion is about living full lives - about learning to live together. Inclusion makes the world our classroom for a full life. Inclusion treasures diversity and builds community. Inclusion is about our 'abilities' - our gifts and how to share them.

We should all know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.
–Maya Angelou

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Welcoming Students back to morningside elementary with a Tunnel of Hope

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School-Wide Diversity & Inclusion Activity Ideas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQuM5e0QGLg
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Parent Connection

ENCOURAGING CHILDREN TO VALUE DIVERSITY: PRACTICAL TIPS FOR PARENTS

People have many different personality traits and physical features. So, it seems normal when we pick out the differences between ourselves and others. However, making judgments about these differences can interfere with our openness, our willingness to try new experiences, and our acceptance of others who are different from us. Children need examples of others who are open and accepting of difference because they are heavily influenced by the behaviors of adults. Parents can play an active role in shaping their children’s behaviors, helping them to be more accepting of and kind toward those who look different from them.

  • Practice Unity. Do not segregate yourselves from people based on gender, age, disability, race or ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. Parents can provide their children with living examples of equality when interacting in a kind way with people who appear different from them.
  • Use Kind Language. Refrain from using explicit remarks that categorize people. For example, there is a popular saying, “boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider, girls go to college to get more knowledge.” Even though this may seem harmless, it instills an idea in children that girls are smarter than boys, which could lead to segregation. As parents, it would be beneficial to be neutral or affirming of different groups.
  • Be Kind in Action. Sometimes, we are not aware of our body language around others. For example, a white individual might act standoffish around an African American individual. By increasing our awareness of our nonverbal behaviors and treating everyone the same, we model for our children how to treat others with equality and kindness.
  • Have Multicultural Experiences. As a family, becoming engaged in multicultural experiences could be a fun learning experience for everyone. Diversity experiences lead to fewer stereotypes. Introduce your children to diverse groups, such as a new religious setting or cultural community events. The whole family will discover new things about themselves and others through participation in new cultural experiences.
  • Redirect Intolerant Behavior. If you witness your child acting or speaking out in judgment of diverse groups, speak with him about it. Talk with him about why it is important to treat everyone with kindness and equality.

Retrieved from: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Coming Attractions:

Next month's theme is: Kindness
Newsletter will be published on February 15th
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