EDC Digest February 2021

Monthly Newsletter of the Equity and Diversity Council

About the Equity and Diversity Council (EDC)

The Equity and Diversity Council (EDC) of the West Hartford Public Schools collaborate as a faculty and staff advisory that seek to promote equity, advance diversity, and foster inclusiveness across all areas of our district’s programs and services. The EDC upholds the Vision for Equity and Anti-Racism...(read more)--updated
Honoring Heritage Months in WHPS

FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

Classroom Spotlight: SEL and Social Justice Education

Grade 2 young scholars share "Love in the Time of Racism", courtesy of Gayle Campbell, Duffy.

  • FULL Wednesday, February 10th, 6:30-8:00 PM West Hartford Community Conversation: Where Do We Go From Here? The Transformation of Unity Green

    Please join us for our next West Hartford Community Conversation on the newly renamed green space in the center of West Hartford. The conversation is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 speech “Where Do We Go From Here?,” which will be a free virtual and interactive event moderated by Adrienne Billings-Smith, Founder of Concerned Parents of Color West Hartford (CPCWH). The Community Conversation will provide a chance to talk about the newly renamed Unity Green in small breakout groups as well as to ask questions of specialists. WHPS students, educators, parents and community partners as trained facilitators in UConn's University of Connecticut’s Dodd Center’s program Encounters: Democracy and Dialogues model. To register, click here.


  • Thursday, February 25th, 6:30 PM The 1619 Project: How the 1619 Project Informs Health Inequity. The annual Black History Month event is produced virtually through a collaboration between the West Hartford African American Social & Cultural Organization (WHAASCO), the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, and West Hartford Community Interactive (WHCI). The program will review content from the 1619 Project that provides history and insight regarding healthcare and race. A facilitated discussion will follow about the legacy of racism and its link to the current disparities in healthcare faced by communities of color, the well-founded skepticism toward our healthcare systems, various efforts to address the disparities and skepticism, the ways history is reflected in the effects of the current pandemic, and how we should navigate our healthcare through this pandemic. To register, click here.


  • Friday, 3/5 @12-1:30pm & Monday, 3/8, 6:30-8:00pm State and Local School Finance Workshop. This workshop led by School and State Finance Project will help participants understand how the State contributes to education across school districts, as well as prepare participants for the local school budget season. We will take a look at some of the local budget documents so that participants can become comfortable participating in the budget discussion as community members. To register for Friday, 3/5 @12-1:30pm, click here To register for Monday, 3/8 @6:30-8:00pm, click here. Contact:

    yukiyoiida@gmail.com- EDI


  • Saturday, March 6th, CTSA Equity in Action Summit. The CSTA Equity Fellows 2020-2021 Cohort is pleased to present this one-day virtual event which brings together K-12 CS teachers to call out inequities of access and achievement in marginalized groups and to share strategies and resources to empower and equip teachers in addressing the digital divide. (Jackie Corricelli, CHS Math Teacher & CS Curriculum Specialist will be presenting at 2:50pm) More info and registration: https://web.cvent.com/event/1b27a5d3-86a5-493f-90ec-fb3bfd012361/summary

Promoting Inclusion in Our Schools and Honoring Heritage Months

Winter is not over yet, but spring is not far away. The Office of Pupil Services, in collaboration with the EDC and LGBT+ Alliance invites staff, students and families to recognize and participate in monthly programs and activities to raise awareness, promote inclusion, celebrate culture and build community. Stay tuned for information about spring events and programs.


February Black History Month

February 12th -26th Lunar New Year 2021

March Irish American Heritage Month

March National Women's History Month

March 21 World Down Syndrome Day

April Autism Awareness Month

May Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May Jewish American Heritage Month

May National Mental Health Awareness Month

June Caribbean-American Heritage Month

June LGBT+ Pride Month

Sept 15th - Oct 15th National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month

October Italian American Heritage Month

November National American Heritage Month

NEW~CHECK IT OUT: One Community for Equity

A District, Family and Community Partnership in Action

Food Programs and Community Resources for Families

Food programs, employment and certification training programs for parents.