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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  • Oct. 28 Equity & Inclusion Corner

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 10/28/2022

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    Happy Halloween to those who celebrate.

     

    We hope our Christian community has a good Reformation Day, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day.

     

    November is National Adoption Month.  Learn more at the Child Welfare Agency.

     

    November is Native American Heritage Month.  We hope you will be joining us at our celebration at the grade school next Friday, November 4th.  To learn more about this month, check out our Native American Heritage Month Slideshow 2022 that K-8 students will be viewing in their classrooms this week.  Feel free to check out last year’s slideshow as well: Native American Heritage Month Slideshow 2021.

     

    Día de los Muertos is a Latin American holiday that celebrates the connection between loved ones who have died and those who are still living.  Check out our Día de los Muertos Slideshow 2022 that was made by students in the Latinx Club at a local middle school.  

     

    We hope our Bahá’í community has a meaningful Birth of the Báb and Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

     

    We hope our Sikh community has a lovely Guru Nanak Jayanti.

     

    Election day is November 8th.  We encourage all to exercise their right to vote!

     

    Kristallnacht, “The Night of the Broken Glass,” took place in Germany on November 9th, 1938.  Nazis and civilians destroyed the homes and businesses of Jewish residents.  Learn more from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

     

    November 11th is Veterans’ Day.  To all veterans and active military personnel, we thank you for your service.

     

    November 16th is the International Day for Tolerance.  Learn more from UNESCO.

     

    Student Investment Account (SIA)

    I presented our SIA 2021-22 End of Year Report at the Board Meeting on Monday, October 24th.  Feel free to check the document out in the Student Investment Account section of our District Website.

     

    Native American Heritage Month Celebration at Riverdale Grade School

    All are welcome to join us at our first ever Riverdale Native American Heritage Month Celebration!

     

    We will kick-off the celebration with an assembly during the school day for students, and then open up the event to the community from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. See the flier below for details.  

     

    We hope to see you there! A big thank you to the Grade School Equity Team members for working hard on planning this special event.

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

     

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  • Equity & Inclusion Corner

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 9/30/2022

    Equity & Inclusion Corner

    Holidays and Celebrations

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Learn more and how you can help from the Anti-Defamation League.
    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Check out the U.S. Department of Labor to learn more.
    October is LGBT History Month. The official website is a great resource for learning.
    October 2nd is the International Day of Non-Violence. This day celebrates Mahatma Gandhi and his enduring message of non-violence as a means to create change.
    Happy Dussehra to our Hindu community.
    October 5th is World Teacher’s Day. Thank you to our amazing Riverdale teachers and support staff for all they do.
    We hope that our Jewish community has a restorative Yom Kippur. 
    We hope our Muslim community has a wonderful Malwi Al-Nabi.
    October 10th is 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 and the history of the holiday from Oprah Daily.
    Happy Sukkot to our Jewish community.
    October 11th is Coming Out Day, which celebrates the bravery of coming out as LGBTQ+. Learn more from the Human Rights Campaign.
    - Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion
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  • Equity & Inclusion Corner

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 9/16/2022

    Holidays and Celebrations 

     
    Happy Hispanic Heritage Month to our Hispanic/Latine/Latino community. See below for more information.
    September 17th is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This holiday celebrates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
    September 22nd is the Autumnal Equinox and thus the first official day of fall. 
    September 23rd is Bi Visibility Day. To our Bisexual+ community - we see you and are glad you are here at Riverdale.
    Shana Tova to our Jewish community. We hope you have a lovely Rosh Hashanah from September 25th - 27th.
     

    September 15th - October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month

     
    Here are some resources and events where you can learn about and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
    • The El Grito Fiestas Patrias festival (Sept. 15-16, 2022) is the Pacific Northwest’s largest celebration of its kind. El Grito celebrates the independence of former Spanish colonies in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America, and their vibrant cultures. Visitors enjoy traditional mariachi and folkloric dance, live music and a wide range of food and arts vendors.
    • The inaugural JUNTOSpdx celebration (Sept. 17-Oct. 15, 2022) was created to connect, inform, inspire and celebrate Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month, founder Cristian Vargas says. Families are invited to Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown during five individually themed weekends of activities including art and vintage crafts, stories of triumph, music and dance, artisan flea markets and community. There will be local vendors, low riders, piñatas, guest speakers, dancing and more.
    • The Portland Latin American Film Festival (Sept. 22-Nov. 17, 2022) — affiliated with the Hollywood Theatre — offers a wide range of innovative films.
    - Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion
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  • Sept. 2 Equity & Inclusion Corner

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 9/2/2022

    Equity & Inclusion Corner

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    We hope that our Hindu community had a wonderful Ganesh Chaturthi.
    Labor Day honors those who fought for a livable wage, safe working conditions and a shorter work day. We appreciate those efforts.
    Welcome Back!
    I am so excited to continue to help support, collaborate, and lead equity and inclusion work here at Riverdale. This bi-weekly newsletter is a place where you can find resources, announcements and other related content. You can find previous issues on our District website under the tab Equity and Inclusion Corner.
    This is our vision:
     
    The terms equity and inclusion have become hot topics in the news in recent years. It can be quite confusing to delineate what they actually are and mean, especially in a school setting.  
    Equity means that all students are getting what they need to thrive - academically, socially, and emotionally. Inclusion means everyone is able to show up and be valued as their most authentic selves. The image to the left is helpful at understanding the difference between equality and equity.
    Equity is not about taking from some and giving to others. There is room for everyone to be successful and “see the soccer game.”  
    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is very clear about required standards regarding this content in K-12 public schools. Here is a summary ODE provided last year:
     
    Equity
    No Place for hate
    Complete grade level standards and resources can be found on the Oregon Department of Education website.

    Riverdale High School is a No Place for Hate School

    I am overjoyed to announce that Riverdale High School has received official designation from the Anti-Defamation League as a No Place for Hate School
    A big congratulations to our students and staff who worked hard to make our school a welcoming and inclusive place for all.
    Students will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in No Place for Hate in the coming weeks - keep a lookout.
    - Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion
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  • June 10 Equity & Inclusion Corner

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 6/10/2022

    Equity & Inclusion Corner 

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    June 12th is Anne Frank Day, which acknowledges her life and experiences.
    June 12th is Loving Day, which celebrates the day in 1967 that the Supreme Court ended miscegenation laws (laws which banned interracial marriage in the United States). 
    Happy All Saint’s Day to our Eastern Christian community. 
    We hope our Bahá’í community has a wonderful Race Unity Day.  
    June 14th is Flag Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the United States flag.
    We wish a lovely Fathers’s Day to all fathers and father figures.  We recognize that this can be a special day for many and a hard day for others.    
     
    June 19th is Juneteenth, which commemorates the abolition of enslavement in Texas and celebrates African American freedom and achievement. Learn more about Juneteenth events in Portland.
    June 20th is World Refugee Day, which raises awareness about refugees throughout the globe.
    On June 26th, 2015, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. 

    June is Pride Month

    In June of 1969, the Stonewall Inn, a popular LGBTQ+ bar in New York City, was raided by the police. During that time period, it was illegal to have same-sex physical relationships in every state other than Illinois. Police departments throughout the country frequently went into LGBTQ+ gathering places and arrested the inhabitants.
    On this occasion, the patrons at Stonewall resisted arrest, and a scuffle broke out.  What followed was five days of protests by activists against unjust treatment by the police. This event, referred to as the Stonewall uprising, is considered the start of the modern movement for gay rights.

    From the Oregon Department of Education: 

    Every year, in the month of June, the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community celebrates Pride Month. While including positive representations of LGBT history and people in the curriculum is most effective when it is regular practice, June provides an opportunity to connect topics with current events and celebrations. GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey consistently finds that students with inclusive curricula have a greater sense of belonging to their school community, hear fewer homophobic remarks, and are less likely to be victimized or feel unsafe at school than those without inclusive curriculum. Including LGBT topics in your classroom year-round helps make a school a safer place for all students. 

    K-5 and Young Adult Booklist

    This year, the Rainbow Book List Committee of the American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table reviewed nearly 450 books published between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021, and selected 122 titles of fiction and non-fiction books for toddlers through young adults, down just a smidge from last year’s 129. The committee noted:
    At a time when so many books are being challenged and banned, we are amazed and forever grateful to authors who continue to write these necessary stories. Each year, the committee notices that the level of diversity among book content and authorship is increasing, and this year was no different. We are thrilled to be able to provide a list of book titles that truly represents where LGBTQIA youth lives and literature are today. We hope that readers see reflections of themselves in these works and windows into the lives of others.
    Check out these Portland Pride Official Events (link to all event details here):
    • June 16th: History of Black Drag in Portland: An Evening of Conversation and Performance 
    • June 18th: Dyke March
    • June 18th:  Portland Gay Men’s Chorus Presents: Let’s Get Proud
    • June 18th: Gaylabration 2022 - DecaDANCE
    • June 18th - 19th: Portland Pride Waterfront Festival
    • June 18th - 19th: Pride Pics: An Outdoor Film Experience
    • June 19th: Portland Pride Parade
    • June 19th: PDX Latinx Pride! A Queer Latinx Dancy Party 
    • June 23rd: Cirque du Soleil Alegria
    • June 25th: Let’s Pride Together Block Party!
    • June 25th: Portland Pride Paddle 
    Make sure you are using contemporary, respectful language by diving into this Glossary of Terms from GLAAD.
    While this content may be new to you, it is important to treat people with respect by referring to them the way they identify.  

    Remembering & Honoring Carson Bride

    We raised a total of over $6,600 for Lines for Life in Honor of Carson Bride. A BIG THANK YOU to all who contributed, donated, donated items, and a special thank you to No Place for Hate students for organizing these events.

    No Place for Hate Year in Review and Community Ask

    The 3-minute video below shares what No Place for Hate has accomplished this year at Riverdale High School. At the end, it provides an opportunity for students, staff, and community members to sign a group of agreements to commit to helping build a positive community in Riverdale.
    You can add your name to the pledge by using the QR code at the end of the video or access the document directly here: No Place for Hate Pledge. This is the final step in receiving an official designation from the Anti-Defamation League as a No Place for Hate School. Thanks for your support!
    - Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion
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  • May 27 Equity & Inclusion Corner 

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 5/27/2022

    Equity & Inclusion Corner 

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    We hope our Bahá’í community has a meaningful Ascension of Baha'u'llah.
    May 30 is Memorial Day, which celebrates and gives thanks to all who have died in the United States armed forces. We appreciate your sacrifice and service. 
    June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Our June 10th Equity and Inclusion Corner will feature information about events and opportunities for learning. 
    Happy Pentecost/Whitsunday to our Christian community.
    June 5th is World Environment Day. Learn more at the United Nations World Environment Day website.  
    Happy Shavuot to our Jewish community. 

    May is Jewish American Heritage Month

    From the Oregon Department of Education: 
    On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed May as Jewish American Heritage Month in celebration of the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History. This May, more than 120 organizations around the U.S. have joined together to help Americans of all backgrounds discover, explore, and celebrate the vibrant and varied American Jewish experience from the dawn of our nation to the present day. 
    Take a look at the resources below celebrating Jewish American heritage this month and throughout the year.
    From the Anti-Defamation League:
    Reading books is a great opening to talk about identity, diversity, bias, and social justice. ADL’s collection includes excellent picture, chapter, and young adult books. Monthly featured books come with discussion guides for teachers and families.
    These lists, created by American Jewish Libraries, are meant to be shared with ALL readers, including non-Jewish children and teens. AJL believes that meeting Jews on the page will inspire friendship when readers meet Jews in real life.
    In addition to the K-8 books above, two additional books for teachers and high school students explore issues of identity, race, ethnicity, and antisemitism.
    Baddiel is a comedian best known in the U.K. He is the author of many young adult books. His book takes a serious turn as an examination of the present condition of Jews in Europe and the United States facing rising antisemitic violence and yet sensing that the world is paying little attention to this kind of hatred.
    Horn's book, written from the perspective of a literature teacher and celebrated young author, exposes the gap between the fascination and focus on Jews killed in the Holocaust with the failure to recognize the vibrancy of Jewish life in the present day. Her chapters on the intended lessons of Holocaust and genocide education can make for a great discussion.

    Remembering & Honoring Carson Bride

    We have had a special week of events at the high school in honor of Carson Bride. See below for images from our Lines for Life Assembly, Tree Dedication & Remembrance Ceremony, and Lines for Life Student Auction.
    The student auction today raised a whopping $3,140!!!

    Carson’s Kindness Matters Lines for Life Silent Auction

    Thank you to so many of you who have already contributed to our silent auction! We have extended the online auction by another week as donations keep coming in! New items are being added almost daily.
    EXTENDED: Bidding closes on Friday, June 3 at 3 p.m.
    If you would like to simply donate without purchasing any items, you also have the option to do that on our silent auction website.
    Check out the items and bid away at: Carson’s Kindness Matters Auction
    Winners will be emailed and will have the opportunity to pick up their items between Monday, June 6th and Friday, June 10th at Riverdale High School.
    - Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion 
     
     
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  • May 13 Equity and Inclusion Corner

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 5/13/2022

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    Happy Vesak/Buddha Day to our Buddhist community.

    We hope our Jewish community has a wonderful Lag B’Omer.

    May 21st is the World Day for Cultural Diversity, which celebrates “Equitable exchange and dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based on mutual understanding and respect and the equal dignity of all cultures is the essential prerequisite for constructing social cohesion, reconciliation among peoples and peace among nations.” (United Nations Website)

    We wish our Bahá’í community a lovely Declaration of the Báb. 

    Happy Ascension Day to our Christian community. 

    Community Affinity Sessions

    I am overjoyed to share that our Spring community affinity sessions will be held in person at Riverdale High School.  It will be a great opportunity to connect with other caregivers.  While I know mornings are not ideal for all, I try to alternate meeting times to provide opportunities for people with all kinds of schedules.

    No need to RSVP.  Please join us for coffee and pastries.

    These sessions are only for caregivers, not for students.

    Caregivers of Students of Color and Caregivers of Color:  This meeting is for caregivers, parents, and guardians of students who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern/North African, Latine/Latina/Latino, multiracial or biracial. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.

    Monday, May 16th, 9-10 AM in the Riverdale High School Maverick Room

    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, Aromantic, 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 19th, 9-10 AM in the Riverdale High School Maverick Room

    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.

    Friday, May 20th, 9-10 AM in the Riverdale High School Maverick Room

    Upcoming Cultural Events

    Oregon Rises Above Hate on May 14, 2022 in Portland, Oregon

    Join together to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the AANHPI (Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander) community, its resilience, and commit to combat the continued rise anti-Asian hate. Cultural heritage institutions will be open for free to encourage exploration of AANHPI culture & history, including Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland Chinatown Museum, and others.  Speakers, performances, and more in-person and livestream on https://oregonrisesabovehate.com

    Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration, Sunday May 22nd, noon - 2:30 PM at Millenium Plaza in Lake Oswego

    Come celebrate and enjoy entertainment and food demonstrations!  Sponsored by the City of Lake Oswego, LO for LOve, and Respond to Racism.

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

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  • April 29 E&I Corner

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 4/29/2022

    Equity & Inclusion Corner

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. See below for ways to learn about and celebrate this month.
    May is Jewish American Heritage Month, which honors the achievements and contributions of Jewish Americans. Learn more at the official website.
    May 1st is May Day, which commemorates the labor movement's fight for rights. It is also known as the International Workers’ Day.  
    Happy Eid Al-Fitr to our Muslim community, we hope you enjoy the end of your fast.
    Happy Cinco de Mayo to our Mexican American community and all who celebrate.
    We wish a lovely Mother’s Day to all mothers and mother figures. We recognize that this can be a special day for many and a hard day for others.   
     

    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    Here are some resources and events where you can celebrate and learn about Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage and history:
    Asian American Books is a compilation of books organized by age group, from early childhood to adult. It includes additional book lists specific to South Asian Americans, Chinese Americans, and Japanese Americans.
    The AARP of Oregon is hosting a number of special events this month, including: 
    Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Slideshow is a resource I developed for teachers and students. It has been shared in K-8 classrooms at Riverdale Grade School.
    If you have not yet visited the brand new Japanese American Museum of Oregon, it is currently open on Fridays - Sundays from 11AM to 3PM.
    Check out the Venture Portland website for their great list of local Asian American and Pacific Islander restaurants, stores, and businesses.
    - Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion
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  • April 15 Equity & Inclusion Corner

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 4/15/2022

    Equity & Inclusion Corner

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    We hope that our Christian community has a lovely Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.
    Happy Pesach (Passover) to our Jewish community.
    We hope that our Buddhist community has a celebratory Theravada New Year.
    Happy Festival of Ridván to our Bahá’í community.
    April 24 is Armenian Martyrs’ day, which recognizes the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey beween 1915 and 1923. 
    We hope that our Muslim community has a meaningful Lailat Al-Qadr.
    April 28 is Yom Hashoah, which is Holocaust Remembrance Day for the Jewish community.  

    Karen Gaffney Assemblies

    It was such a joy and privilege to have Karen Gaffney speak to both our middle schoolers and our high schoolers this past week! She is an incredible speaker and made a big impact on our students. Thank you to the PTC for funding the event at the high school!
     
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  • April 1 Equity & Inclusion Corner

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 4/1/2022

    Equity & Inclusion Corner

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    We hope that all who celebrate had a wonderful ​​Nowrúz and Khordad Sal.
    March 31st was Cesar Chavez day, which honors his legacy and contributions.
    March 31st was Trans Day of Visibility, which celebrates the accomplishments of  transgender and non genderconforming people, while also acknowledging the continued struggle for rights and justice.
    April is Arab American Heritage Month. See below for details about how to honor this month.
    April is Genocide Awareness month. The purpose of the month is to honor the victims and survivors of mass genocides.
    April 3rd – May 2nd is Ramadan. We hope that all who observe have a meaningful fast. 
    Happy Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday to our Christian community.
    We wish our Hindu community a lovely Rama Navami.
    Happy Vaisakhi to our Sikh community.

    April is Arab American Heritage Month

    Here are some resources and events where you can celebrate and learn about Arab American heritage and history:
    26 Books for Kids About the Arab World is a compilation of picture books, books for middle readers, and books for young adults. 
    Check out the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon for information about upcoming community events.
    Arab American Heritage Month Slideshow is a resource I developed for teachers and students.  It has been shared in K-8 classrooms at Riverdale Grade School.
    Arab American Foundation has created a comprehensive slideshow of information and historical background for educators and community members.
    Travel Portland has assembled a list of delicious Middle Eastern Eateries.
    Read the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners 2021 recognition of Arab American Heritage Month.
    - Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion
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