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