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
  • 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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  • What actually is Equity & Inclusion? Why is it important in schools?

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 4/30/2021

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    May is both Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month. This is a great time to celebrate the cultures and impacts that these communities have made on our country.
     
    To our Mexican and Mexican American community, Happy Cinco de Mayo.
    To our Muslim community, we hope you have a lovely Laila Al-Qadr.
    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.

    What actually is Equity & Inclusion? Why is it important in schools?

    There are many misconceptions about what “equity & inclusion” is. Some people think it is divisive. Some people think it is only about race. Some people think it is a political agenda. Some people do not understand why we are talking about it and focusing on it in schools - shouldn’t school just be about academics?
    Equity at school means that all students are getting what they need to thrive - academically, socially, and emotionally. The graphic below shows the difference between equity and equality. Equality means everyone is treated the same. Equity means giving everyone what they need.  
     
     
    equity
    Inclusion at school means that all students feel safe and supported when showing up as their full selves. This includes social-emotional support and education. The graphic below was shared with high school students this week and shows our hopes for inclusion at Riverdale:
     
    When students feel supported and included at school, they show up ready to learn.  There has been a significant amount of research about the positive impact of social-emotional support on student outcomes - including academic outcomes. Read more about that in this cumulative report from CASEL.
     
    In our “Compassion and Inclusion” events at the High School this week, it was clear that many students in our community do not feel like their needs are being met or that they belong at school. We did flash polls with students and here are a few of the results:
     
    We hope that by having meaningful conversations and focusing on these topics as a staff and school district that we can start to shift our culture to be a positive place for all.  
    In addition to the above reasons to engage in this work, as a public school, this is legally required of us. In September 2018, Oregon adopted the “All Students Belong” state policy that outlines the aspects of equity and inclusion that are required in all school districts. Compared to many local schools, we are understaffed and behind in this work. Catlin Gabel currently has a Director of Inclusion and Outreach, an Assistant Director of Inclusion and Outreach, a Director of Place, and an Inclusion and Outreach Administrative Assistant. OES has a Director for Inclusion, an Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, a DEI Coach, and an Executive Assistant under Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. PPS has three Racial Equity and Social Justice staff at the district level, as well as an Equity Team Leader in every single school site, five Restorative Justice Specialists at the district level, and full-time Restorative Justice coaches in every high school and in most middle schools. PPS also has partnerships with sixteen local organizations that offer students services around race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, ethnicity, and other aspects of identity, equity, and inclusion. 
    We are working hard to make this school district the best it can be for all of our students.

    Community Events: Riverdale High School Compassion & Inclusion Week

    This week was “Compassion and Inclusion Week” at the high school.  
    We had an incredible film and speaker panel on Tuesday that has been recorded for viewing by our wider community. Here is the link to the Upstanders online program.
    The case-sensitive login to access the link is:
    Password: riverdale
    The Q&A Panel can be found at the top of the "Additional Materials" section on the right. Subtitles are included and can be turned on/off on the video player progress bar where it says "CC."  Access to the film and panel link will end on Wednesday, May 5th, at 11:59pm PST.
    We were also fortunate to have two events with Dr. Sameer Hinduja - a student assembly on Monday and a caregiver event on Thursday evening. He is a great communicator and wanted me to share his contact information so that you are able to reach out to him at any time with questions.
    If you missed the Webinar with Dr. Sameer Hinduja about Addressing Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Unwise Social Media Use: The Role of Parents, Youth, and the Community, you can view it here.
    Here are some of the prompts he suggests using to start conversations with you children about social media and technology use:
     
    A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE PTC FOR THEIR GENEROUS FUNDING OF OUR COMPASSION & INCLUSION WEEK EVENTS!!!

    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. Towards that end, we will be holding three 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 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/Latinx, multiracial or biracial. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
    Thursday, May 6, 6-7 p.m., Sign-up to participate here.
    Caregivers of LGBTQIA2S+ Students and Caregivers who are LGBTQIA2S+: 
    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:
    Thursday, May 20, 6-7 p.m., Sign-up coming soon.
    - Abby Rotwein 
    Riverdale School District Equity and Inclusion Coordinator K-12
    Restorative Justice Coach 9-12
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  • Message from Colt Gill Director of the Oregon Department of Education & More - April 25

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 4/25/2021

    Holidays and Celebrations 

     
    We hope that our Buddhist community has a wonderful Theravada New Year on April 27th.
     

    April 26-30: Riverdale High School Compassion & Inclusion Week

     
    A separate email was sent earlier today to  the RHS community with the schedule and information for RHS Compassion and Inclusion week next week. A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE PTC FOR THEIR GENEROUS FUNDING OF THESE EVENTS!!! Read for more information here.
     

    April 20 Message from Colt Gill Director of the Oregon Department of Education

     
    Read Colt Gill's important message to our Oregon education community regarding current events here.
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  • Riverdale High School Compassion & Inclusion Week & More - April 16

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 4/16/2021

    Holidays and Celebrations 

    To our Muslim community, Ramadan Muburak.  We hope you find this month of fasting and reflection meaningful and joyful.
    To our Sikh community, we hope you had a lovely celebration for Vaisakhi.
    To our Bahá’í community, we hope you have a wonderful 12-day Festival of Ridván.

    A Note About Daunte Wright

    It is hard for me to know what to say at this point. I have written so many of these notes, statements and comments in the last few years in my previous school district. Like many of you, I am grieving and in pain. The love of my life is a Black man, my godsons are young, Black teenagers and children. I am scared and sad.
    To our Black community and those who are grieving, you are not alone. We are committed to creating a culture where every Black student in the Riverdale School District is seen, heard and supported.
    We cannot remain neutral or silent about racism. 

    Riverdale High School Compassion & Inclusion Week, April 26th - April 30th

    The week of April 26th-30th will be “Compassion and Inclusion Week” at the high school. Over the course of this week, students will be hearing from speakers, watching films, and taking part in a number of activities in order to learn about cyber-bullying, safe online behavior, mindful social media use, and interrupting harmful behaviors.
    Two of these events will be open to community members and caregivers.
    On Tuesday, April 27th, students in grades 9-12 will virtually attend a screening of the film The Upstanders and a speaker panel with Scilla Andreen, Jenn Burleton and Jahmar Rutherford.
    The film and speaker panel will be available for community members to watch live from 9-11 AM on Tuesday, April 27th. Register here.
    If you are not able to join us live, a recording of the film and speaker panel will be available to community members until the evening of May 4th. We will send out the link to access that in our Riverdale High School News and Riverdale School District News on April 29th and 30th.
    From Indieflix Website:
    The Upstanders explores cyber-bullying, bullying among friends, families, co-workers and the brain science behind it all. The film highlights new laws and programs already reducing bullying in schools and shows us how we can learn to make a difference together to create systemic change. 
    This film was developed by the family of a high school student in Texas who committed suicide, so there is discussion of that content in the film. If you would like your child to opt out, please email Abby Rotwein at arotwein@riverdale.k12.or.us and CC your child’s advisory teacher. Read the biographies of the speakers here.
    On Thursday, April 29th, from 6:30-8 p.m., there will be a virtual event on GoToWebinar for community members and caregivers with Dr. Sameer Hinduja. The topic will be: Addressing Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Unwise Social Media Use: The Role of Parents, Youth, and the Community.
    This presentation seeks to share evolving best practices that can be proactively implemented in homes and families to curb technology misuse. Foundational information related to how kids use the Internet and their devices is first provided before examining cyberbullying, sexting, and unwise social media use in detail. Practical strategies for identification, prevention, and response are then discussed extensively in a conversational format to allow for input and Q&A from the audience.  Attendees will leave equipped with an increased ability to promote safe and responsible participation in cyberspace among the youth they care for, and with numerous resources to assist them toward those ends.
    To sign up to attend, please register here
    Read Dr. Hinduja’s biography here.
    We look forward to engaging in these events with the community and with our high school students.

    Reminder About Caregiver Listening Sessions 

    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/Latinx, multiracial or biracial. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
    Thursday, May 6, 6-7 p.m. Sign-up to participate here.
    Caregivers of LGBTQIA2S+ Students and Caregivers who are LGBTQIA2S+: 
    Thursday, May 13, 6-7 p.m. Sign-up coming soon.
    Caregivers of Neurodiverse Students, Caregivers of Students with Disabilities, and Caregivers who are Neurodiverse or have a Disability:
    Thursday, May 20, 6-7 p.m. Sign-up coming soon.
    - Abby Rotwein 
    Riverdale School District Equity and Inclusion Coordinator K-12
    Restorative Justice Coach 9-12
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  • Why It’s Important to Talk to Your Children About Race - April 9

    Posted by Abby Rotwein on 4/9/2021
    Why It’s Important to Talk to Your Children About Race
    Many people worry that by talking about race and racial stereotypes, we are teaching kids to notice differences that they otherwise would not have seen. In reality, children begin to notice racial differences when they are babies and are influenced as toddlers by the racial messaging they see in the world around them. Studies have shown that children start to form views about race when they are as young as two years old. Anderson Cooper did a 10-minute special, “Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture” on this topic and his conversations with kids show how quickly they internalize racial misconceptions. The graphic below shows this in more detail:
     
    Let's talk about race
    When we do not talk to kids about race, we are allowing the stereotypes they absorb at a young age to be cemented. We must have conversations and be intentional about what we expose them to in order to prepare them for living in a diverse world.  
    Here are two articles I suggest reading in order to learn more about the topic and how to approach this in your own home:
    Read this article from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee: “Children are Not Colorblind, How Young Children Learn Race”
    Read this article from the University of California, Berkeley: “Five Ways to Reduce Racial Bias in Your Children”
    - Abby Rotwein 
    Riverdale School District Equity and Inclusion Coordinator K-12
    Restorative Justice Coach 9-12
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