Equity & Inclusion Corner
Holidays and Celebrations
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all who celebrate.
March 20th is the Vernal Equinox, which marks the first day of spring.
Happy Holi to our Hindu community.
March 21st is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Learn more from the United Nations.
Happy Nowrúz to our Bahá’í and Persian community.
Ramadan is observed this year from March 23rd to April 20th. To our Muslim community, Ramadan Muburak, we hope you find this month of fasting and reflection meaningful and joyful.
We hope our Zoroastrian community has a wonderful Khordad Sal.
We hope our Hindu community has a celebratory Rama Navami.
March 31st is Cesar Chavez Day, which celebrates the Mexican American leader's contributions to labor and civil rights movements.
March is Women’s History Month
Here are some resources and events where you can learn about and celebrate the contributions of women:
Every Saturday for the month of March from 1-2:30 pm, Lan Su Chinese Garden is hosting I Am She, an event featuring female speakers of Asian descent.
Have 3 minutes? Can you solve this International Women’s Day Riddle?
Attend a live musical event on March 25th, She’s Speaking, featuring local female artists.
Women’s History Month Slideshow 2023 is a resource I developed for teachers and students. It has been shared in K-8 classrooms at Riverdale Grade School. Here is last year’s slideshow as well: Women’s History Month Slideshow 2022.
Here are some websites recommended by Oregon Department of Education and Portland Community College:
National Women’s History Museum
This site’s cyber museum presents online exhibits about U.S. women’s history including women reform leaders, women who ran for President, Chinese American women, early Jewish American women, and African American women.
Women’s History Month Classroom Resources
From PBS, this site has award-winning films and accompanying curriculum resources about girls and women from around the world.
WomenWatch: The UN Gateway to the Advancement and Empowerment of Women
Information and resources on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Women Who Shaped America, in Photographs
From ARTstor, this is an extensive photographic archive documenting the experiences of women who have shaped America.
Event with Award-Winning Author Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
On Tuesday, we were fortunate to have Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai join us at the high school to kick off the book tour for her latest novel, Dust Child. Students in grades 7th-12th were in attendance, as well as community members.
Students Kendra M. and Mathilde F. introduced Dr. Nguyễn and spoke about the limited representation of Asian stories and Asian identity in Western media. Dr. Nguyễn shared about her personal story, her writing process, discrimination, and the importance of people telling their own narratives. It was a moving and impactful event.
- Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion