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