Equity and Inclusion Corner

  • CornerThis is a place where you can read about current practices, find resources about diversity, equity, and inclusion topics and hear about what is happening in the district in relation to this work.
     
    We have chosen this symbol to represent the Equity and Inclusion work we are doing in the Riverdale School District. The top arrow means growth and progress. The triangle is a version of the delta symbol, which means change, and is unclosed to represent openness.
     
    "Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together." ~Jacqueline Woodson
    I look forward to embarking on this journey with all of you.
     
    - Abby Rotwein (she/her)
    Riverdale School District Director of Equity and Inclusion K-12
    Restorative Justice Coach 9-12

Equity & Inclusion and Restorative Justice at Riverdale School District

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  • Equity & Inclusion and Restorative Justice at Riverdale School District

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 10/11/2021
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  • Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th- October 15th

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 10/8/2021

    Equity & Inclusion Corner

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    October 11th is Coming Out Day, which celebrates LGBTQIA2S+ people being open about their identity.

    October 11th is also Indigenous People’s Day, which has been a state holiday in Oregon since 2017. Some states refer to it as Columbus Day. Learn more about the conversation about the holiday in this article.

    October 13th is National Stop Bullying Day.

    To our Hindu community, we hope you have a lovely Dussehra/Dassera.

    October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.  

    To our Muslim community, we hope you have a celebratory Mawlid Al-Nabi/Milad Al-Nabi. 

    Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th- October 15th

    As Hispanic Heritage comes to a close, I wanted to share some resources/events where you can celebrate and learn about Hispanic Heritage.

    Hispanic Heritage Booklist is a great compilation of booklists for children and young adults.

    Hispanic Heritage Month Slideshow is a resource for students I developed with equity staff in the Corvallis School District. This has been shared in K-8 classrooms at Riverdale Grade School.

    Latino Network is a Portland based organization that holds events and celebrates Latino/Latina/Latine/Hispanic Heritage year-round.

    Moles and Stews Festival at Portland Mercado is happening this Saturday, October 9th. Head out to SE Foster for some delicious food!

    National Hispanic Heritage Month Website has virtual exhibitions, collections, audio, video, and images where you can learn more about this community.

    In the Mood to Include - a monthly opportunity for community learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion

    We had a great first session in September! I will be repeating the same content for our second session in October for those who missed the previous one.

    Our second session: Wednesday, October 20th, from 5-6:30 p.m.  

    The topic: Language Around Race

    Session summary: Language is always evolving. Words that may be commonly used at one point in time may be considered a slur at another point in time. It is important to keep up on language so that we are not causing unintentional harm. In this session, you will learn contemporary language around race, such as: what acronyms mean, what words to use when, and how to use person-first language.  

    Who: This content of this session is appropriate for all adults and for students who are in 3rd grade and up.

    How to join: Register here to receive the Google Meet link

    Youth4Youth iSummit October 14th & 15th

    LookUp is a “by youth for youth” 501(c)(3) social venture dedicated to helping young people thrive in the digital world. They are holding a virtual summit on October 14th and 15th (when students are out of school due to conferences) for young people and adults to hear from speakers and discuss our current digital culture. 

    Learn more and sign up here.

    -Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion

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  • In the Mood to Include First Session

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 9/24/2021

    Equity & Inclusion Corner 

    Holidays and Celebrations

     
    Happy Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah  to our Jewish community.
    October is National Bullying Prevention Month, National Disability Awareness Month, and LGBTQIA2S+ History Month. This is a great time to learn more about how to prevent bullying and learn more about disabilities and LGBTQIA2S+ history.
    October 2nd is the International Day of Nonviolence, which honors the birth of Mahatma Gandhi and his legacy of nonviolent protest.
    To our Hindu community, we hope you have a lovely Navaratri.
     

    In the Mood to Include - a monthly opportunity for community learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion

     
    This year I will be hosting monthly sessions for community members to learn more about various diversity, equity and inclusion topics. Due to COVID-19, these sessions will be held virtually, but I hope to hold them in person at some point in the future.  
    Our first session: Wednesday, September 29th, from 5-6:30 p.m.  
    The topic: Language Around Race
    Session summary: Language is always evolving. Words that may be commonly used at one point in time may be considered a slur at another point in time. It is important to keep up on language so that we are not causing unintentional harm. In this session, you will learn contemporary language around race, such as: what acronyms mean, what words to use when, and how to use person-first language.  
    Who: This content of this session is appropriate for all adults and for students who are in 3rd grade and up.
    How to join: Register here to receive the Google Meet link.
    Moving forward, Equity and Inclusion Corner will be featured in the Riverdale School District Newsletter every other week.
     
    -Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion
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  • Equity & Inclusion Corner is back!

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 9/10/2021

    Equity & Inclusion Corner 

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    To our Hindu community, we hope you have a wonderful Ganesh Chaturthi.
    September 15th - October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a great time to learn about and honor the contributions of those whose ancestors came from the Caribbean, Central American, South America, and Spain.
    We hope our Jewish community has a reflective Yom Kippur and fast.

    In the Mood to Include - a monthly opportunity for community learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion

    I am excited to share that this year I will be hosting monthly sessions for community members to learn more about various diversity, equity and inclusion topics. Due to COVID-19, these sessions will be held virtually, but I hope to hold them in person at some point in the future.  
    Our first session: Wednesday, September 29th, from 5-6:30 p.m. 
    The topic: Language Around Race
    Session summary: Language is always evolving. Words that may be commonly used at one point in time may be considered a slur at another point in time. It is important to keep up on language so that we are not causing unintentional harm. In this session, you will learn contemporary language around race, such as: what acronyms mean, what words to use when, and how to use person-first language.  
    Who: This content of this session is appropriate for all adults and for students who are in 3rd grade and up.
    How to join: I will share the meeting link in an upcoming newsletter.

    Cyberbullying Seminar from Fairplay 

    ​​What is cyberbullying, really? Is it dangerous? How does it affect our kids? Check out this must-attend Action Network Live! event featuring Diana Graber of CyberWise and Lisa Honold of the Center for Online Safety! Get answers to your questions, plus learn how cyberbullying happens, how it impacts our kids, and how we can put a stop to it. If you have kids in your personal or professional life, you don’t want to miss it! Tuesday, September 21 at 7 PM ET, 4 PM PT. Register today: bit.ly/stnevents
    -Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion
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  • Pride Month and More - June 11

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 6/11/2021

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    June 12th is Loving Day, which celebrates the Supreme Court’s ruling in Loving vs. Virginia. The court ruled that miscegenation laws (laws which forbade interracial marriage) were illegal. 
     
    June 19th is Juneteenth, which celebrates the day the state of Texas abolished enslavement. It has become a holiday that honors the freedom and achievements of Black Americans. 

    Pride Month

    June is Pride Month, a month-long celebration of LGBTQIA+ identity. On June 28th, 1969, the Stonewall uprising took place in New York City, which is considered the start of the modern movement for gay rights. On June 26th, 2015, the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. This month is a great time to learn more about this history and LGBTQIA+ identity. I have shared some resources and events below.

    Summer

    I hope you all have a lovely summer! Congratulations on making it through a uniquely challenging school year. I will leave you with some words from the artist Nas, “read more, learn more, change the globe.”
     
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  • Summer Learning Resources for Teens & Adults

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 6/4/2021

     

    It is hard to believe there is only one week left in the school year! One of my favorite things about summer is heading to the park or the beach with an iced coffee and a new book or podcast.

    Rudine Sims Bishop is a renowned professor, writer, inductee in the Reading Hall of Fame, and winner of the Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. In her seminal article, Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors, she wrote that books “are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience.” 

    I try to diversify my book, film, and podcast choices so that I learn about a wide range of human experiences, viewpoints, and time periods. There are a number of outstanding resource guides out there that I use to find new content.  

    The Anti-Racism Resource Guide is my favorite. The guide is a 30-page collection of book, film, article, and podcast suggestions. It includes the categories: Suggested Pre-Reading, Starting Your Journey, Continuing the Journey, Memoirs, Essays, Fiction, Children’s Literature, Parenting, Asian and Pacific Islander Studies, Chicanx/Latinx Studies, Indigenous Studies, Black Studies, Health and Medicine, Land and Housing, Teaching, Immigration, Mass Incarceration, White Studies, Health and Restoration, For the Church, Movies and Clips, Other Resource Lists, Podcasts, and Folx to Follow.

    Happy learning!

    - Abby Rotwein 

    Riverdale School District Equity and Inclusion Coordinator K-12

    Restorative Justice Coach 9-12

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  • Asian American Heritage Month & Jewish American Heritage Month - May 27

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 5/27/2021

    Holidays and Celebrations  

    To our Eastern Christian community, Happy All Saints’ Day.

    Thank you to all veterans and active servicepeople. We honor you this Memorial Day.

    June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Happy Pride to our LGBTQ+ community. 

    Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month & Jewish American Heritage Month

    As the month of May comes to a close, I wanted to take some time to share some locations in the Portland Metropolitan Area where you can learn more about local Asian American and Pacific Islander History and local Jewish American History. Some of these are physically closed due to Covid restrictions but plan to open soon, while others are taking advance reservations. For now, their websites are a great place to learn!

    Japanese American Historical Plaza

    • Location: Tom McCall Waterfront Park between the N Steel Bridge and the Burnside Bridge
    • Open at any time because it is outside in the park

    Japanese American Museum of Oregon (formerly the Nikkei Legacy Center): 

    • Location: 411 NW Flanders St
    • Opens on June 14th to the general public with advance reservations

    Lan Su Chinese Garden

    • Location: NW Everett St
    • Open now with advance reservations

    Mittleman Jewish Community Center

    • Location: SW Capitol Highway
    • Currently open 

    Oregon Holocaust Memorial

    • Location: Washington Park, SW Washington Way and Wright Ave
    • Open at any time because it is outside in the park

    Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education

    • Location: NW Davis St
    • Currently closed

    Portland Art Museum, Asian Art Collection

    • Location: SW Park Ave
    • Open now with advance reservations

    Portland Chinatown Museum

    • Location: NW 3rd Ave
    • Currently closed

    Portland Japanese Garden

    • Location: SW Kingston Ave
    • Open now with advance reservations

    - Abby Rotwein 

    Riverdale School District Equity and Inclusion Coordinator K-12

    Restorative Justice Coach 9-12

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  • Guest Speaker: Holocaust Survivor, Evelyn Banko - May 21

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 5/21/2021

    Equity and Inclusion Corner 

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    To our Bahá’í community, have a wonderful Declaration of the Báb and Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh.

    To our Christian community, have a lovely Pentecost Sunday/Whitsunday.

    To our Buddhist community, have a festive Vesak/Buddha Day.

    Guest Speaker: Holocaust Survivor, Evelyn Banko

    Next Friday, May 28th, from 11 AM- 12 PM, we will be having a guest speaker virtually joining us from the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. Evelyn Banko was a young child when her home city, Vienna, was seized by Nazi Germany. She and her family had to flee after they were warned about their impending deportation to a concentration camp. They lived in a number of places throughout the next few years as they struggled to find a safe community. She will be speaking with us about her life experiences and recollections from that time. Learn more about her background here.

    You can join us at the following webinar link.

    A big thank you to one of our high school counselors, Lisa Stiller, for organizing this event!

    “A Community Call to Confront Hate” Event

    A number of local and national organizations are hosting a free, virtual community event on Wednesday, May 26th, from 9 AM to 1 PM. The details below are from the event flier:

    In this time of national and local reckoning with our country and state’s grim legacy of discrimination and hate, we have come together as a broad coalition of partner organizations and allies to create a virtual summit. A Community Call to Confront Hate is the culmination of a collaborative effort by several local area organizations that previously presented webinars on the history of discrimination and bigotry in Oregon.

    We have witnessed a groundswell of people ready to stand in solidarity with those who are targets of discrimination and bigotry—people who are eager to listen, to learn, and to take action to make the Pacific Northwest a place that truly protects the lives, well-being, and dignity of all who live here. Participants will learn about implicit bias and have the opportunity to learn from breakout sessions that will deal with current issues around racism, antisemitism and other forms of hate. Most importantly, presenters will share their expertise on the strategies, resources and tools to help participants translate their commitment to social justice and equity into effective social action.

    To learn more about the schedule and the presenters click HERE. To register, click HERE.

    - Abby Rotwein 

    Riverdale School District Equity and Inclusion Coordinator K-12

    Restorative Justice Coach 9-12

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  • “A Community Call to Confront Hate” Event & More - May 14

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 5/14/2021

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    To our Jewish community, Happy Shavuot.

    “A Community Call to Confront Hate” Event

    A number of local and national organizations are hosting a free, virtual community event on Wednesday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The details below are from the event flier:
    In this time of national and local reckoning with our country and state’s grim legacy of discrimination and hate, we have come together as a broad coalition of partner organizations and allies to create a virtual summit. A Community Call to Confront Hate is the culmination of a collaborative effort by several local area organizations that previously presented webinars on the history of discrimination and bigotry in Oregon.
    We have witnessed a groundswell of people ready to stand in solidarity with those who are targets of discrimination and bigotry—people who are eager to listen, to learn, and to take action to make the Pacific Northwest a place that truly protects the lives, well-being, and dignity of all who live here. Participants will learn about implicit bias and have the opportunity to learn from breakout sessions that will deal with current issues around racism, antisemitism and other forms of hate. Most importantly, presenters will share their expertise on the strategies, resources and tools to help participants translate their commitment to social justice and equity into effective social action. To learn more about the schedule and the presenters click HERE. To register, click HERE.
     

    Reminder About Caregiver Listening Sessions 

    The district has taken a number of steps in the last year to help make our schools more equitable and inclusive. Toward that end, we will be holding one more listening sessions to hear from community members and caregivers of students who are part of historically marginalized communities. The purpose of these sessions is to hear about experiences and listen to ways that we can be more supportive to our marginalized students. All of these meetings will be held virtually.
    These sessions are only for caregivers, not for students.
     

    Caregivers of Neurodiverse Students, Caregivers of Students with Disabilities, and Caregivers who are Neurodiverse or have a Disability:

     
    This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who have Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD, ADD, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Auditory Processing Disorder, ED, specific learning disabilities, physical disabilities, any other categories under IDEA or a combination of these. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
    Thursday, May 20, 6-7 p.m., Sign-up here.
    - Abby Rotwein 
    Riverdale School District Equity and Inclusion Coordinator K-12
    Restorative Justice Coach 9-12
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  • Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education's Sala Kryszek Art and Writing competition - May 7

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 5/7/2021

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    Happy Mother’s Day to all who celebrate. We recognize that it can be a hard day for many: for those who have lost children, for those who have lost mothers, for those who have a strained relationship with their mother, for mothers with strained relationships with their children, and for those yearning to be mothers. We include you all and honor you all.
    To our Muslim community, we hope you have a wonderful Eid Al-Fitr to celebrate the breaking of the fast and the end of Ramadan.  

    Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education's Sala Kryszek Art and Writing competition

    From Carrington Light, Riverdale Grade School, 7th and 8th Grade English Language Arts:
    Since 2016, Riverdale Grade School students in 7th and 8th grade have participated in the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education's Sala Kryszek Art and Writing competition. This year's prompt asked students to demonstrate how laws led to the discrimination against and persecution and genocide of Jewish people. Students were also asked to reflect on the importance of civic responsibility and engagement.
    Each year, at least one Riverdale student has been recognized for their powerful messages surrounding the importance of Holocaust history through both art and writing submissions. This is the first year (2021) that Riverdale Grade School is home to a Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winners are chosen from grades 6-12 entries and represent the top submissions, which are chosen by a panel of judges. Sy J., 7th grader, is Riverdale's first Grand Prize winner for writing. Sy will be asked to speak at this year's awards ceremony. The family of Sala Kryszek will send Sy, a caretaker, and her teacher to Washington, DC for a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Sy's empathy and understanding of Jewish history are evidenced in her work.
    We had a number of other students honored with awards as well: Martin G. earned second place for writing and Stella G. finished third place for writing. We also have four 7/8 students to celebrate for their OJMCHE Holocaust art submissions: Clarice C. earned firt place, Christina W. earned third place and Isabella M. and Kendra M. both earned honorable mention. I am extremely proud of all students' creativity and dedication to the museum's mission.
    This is truly incredible work by our students and we are grateful for Carrington Light’s teaching and guidance. Here is Sy’s poem, shared with her consent and the consent of her parents: Blameless Bystander.
     
     

    Reminder About Caregiver Listening Sessions 

    The district has taken a number of steps in the last year to help make our schools more equitable and inclusive. Toward that end, we will be holding two more listening sessions to hear from community members and caregivers of students who are part of historically marginalized communities. The purpose of these sessions is to hear about experiences and listen to ways that we can be more supportive to our marginalized students. All of these meetings will be held virtually.
    These sessions are only for caregivers, not for students.
     

    Caregivers of LGBTQIA2S+ Students and Caregivers who are LGBTQIA2S+:

     
    This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, Aromatice, Pansexual, Non-binary or have their own label/non-label in regards to their gender or sexual identity. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
    Thursday, May 13, 6-7 p.m., Sign-up to participate here. 
     

    Caregivers of Neurodiverse Students, Caregivers of Students with Disabilities, and Caregivers who are Neurodiverse or have a Disability:

     
    This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who have Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD, ADD, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Auditory Processing Disorder, ED, specific learning disabilities, physical disabilities, any other categories under IDEA or a combination of these. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
    Thursday, May 20, 6-7 p.m., Sign-up here.
    - Abby Rotwein 
    Riverdale School District Equity and Inclusion Coordinator K-12
    Restorative Justice Coach 9-12
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