The Diversity and Inclusion Committee was founded in 2017-18 school year to help prepare our students for an increasingly global community through learning opportunities, cultural exchange, and family-supportive events that promote inclusion. Visit our blog to learn more about resources and get to know members of our community!

Share Your Knowledge

Is there a part of your culture you would like to share with the Discovery community? Classroom teachers are constantly looking for parents and community members to come enhance our students' education with personal expertise and cultural heritage, e.g. Diwali, Lunar New Year, Dia de los Muertos, Passover, Easter, etc.... or work that you may have done immersed in different cultures here and abroad. To spread the wealth of knowledge throughout the Discovery community, we are building a resource that ALL teachers can access to bring different perspectives, experiences, and knowledge into their classrooms. Please fill out this form to share your knowledge. We know our community has much to offer. Please take a moment to think how you can contribute.

 

Upcoming Events (At Discovery and in the Community)

Black History Month (February)

February is nationally celebrated as Black History Month. Our talented librarian - Mr. Re will have a wide variety of book options available in the library for students and teachers to check out. There is a list below you can check out from the public library and read at home together. Additionally, the Discovery News Crew will be showcasing well-known and lesser-known African Americans who have changed the way we all live today. Below is an example of one of the posters that will be shown. Please encourage your students to not only read about different historical people, but try fictional books that have more diverse lead characters.

 

 

African American Book Options:

 

World Heritage Fest (February 22, 2018)

 

2018 Feel the Heritage Festival (February 24, 2018)

Celebrate Black History Month at the 26th annual Feel the Heritage Festival! On Saturday, February 24, 1-6 p.m. at Drew Community Center, join us for live music, dance and spoken word, dozens of community and artisan vendors, delicious food options, free kids’ activities and more.

 

Arlington Black History Walking Tours (April 9, 2018)

One of the Discovery Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chairs, Tia Alfred, is set to lead us on a walking tour this coming Monday, April 9, 2018, at 9:15 a.m.  She plans to lead us from Gateway Park (located at Lee Highway and the top of Cameron Street) down to the "Segregation Wall" and back with a few stops along the way to share about some of the history right here in Arlington.

 
Now that there has been a forecast of inclement weather, this tour may be postponed.  Regardless of postponement of the walking tour, please feel free to go and view the "Segregation Wall" for yourselves, as there is a historical marker located in front of some of the remnants of the wall.
 
Though this is a very significant part of Arlington's history, we need to remember that it is our past and be careful to continue to move forward and be progressive in our great city.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meeting (April TBD)

 

Challenging Racism (Concluded)

Challenging Racism has been holding conversations for members of the Arlington, Virginia community since 2004. Funded by APS to close the Achievement Gap, Challenging Racism: Learning How was developed for parents as a parallel program to the cultural competency training for faculty and staff.  Even before recent headlines brought the problem of racism to light - Charlottesville, Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, Natasha McKenna, limiting voting rights, and a hundred other examples - Challenging Racism and its mission were expanding. Challenging Racism has evolved from simply holding one yearlong workshop for parents at an Arlington school, to running several Challenging Racism: Learning How workshops in the same year.  In 2016, Challenging Racism developed and ran its first Challenging Racism:Learning to Lead facilitator training to expand its network of facilitators to meet increasing demand for its service.  Challenging Racism has also developed curricula and run custom developed programs for other organizations in the community beyond the original APS program. 

Resources

Black Heritage Museum of Arlington, Virginia

Currently a “museum-without-walls,” the BHMA was founded to celebrate the African American journey to freedom in Arlington County. At the heart of the BHMA mission is the story of Freedmen’s Village. To date, the museum board has commissioned a model of the village, which is now part of a cosponsored exhibit on slave life at Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The Board also sponsors a lecture series, an oral history program, and a walking tour brochure. The ultimate goal of the BHMA is the establishment of a physical museum with space for permanent and temporary exhibits.

 

Previous Meeting Notes

January 12, 2018

October 17, 2017

 

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