Past Equity and Student Support Events
Glennwood Culture Night
Glennwood Culture Night - Sunday, Jan. 26th
On Sunday, January 26, Glennwood Elementary celebrated what culture means to them and their families. Glennwood families represented over a dozen different cultures with their family's food, cultural items, instruments, books, experiences and demonstrations all in the hopes of sharing their culture with the entire Glennwood community. Cultures represented included Kenya, China, India, Norway, Ecuador, Nigeria, Japan, Puerto Rico, Jordan, Korea, Scotland, Vietnam, Lebanon and the Bahamas. Cultural performances included flamenco dancing, jiu jitsu demonstrations, Irish jigs, and a special performance by the Atlanta Junkanoo Group! A wonderful night was had by all who celebrated the rich cultures represented within our Glennwood community. It was a nice of what makes Glennwood such a special place!
Hosted by: Glennwood PTA - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee
Winnona Park Peace & Pie - Thurs, Jan. 23rd
Winnona Park Peace & Pie - Thurs, Jan. 23rd
WP's second Peace and Pie event of the school year was held on Thursday, January 23rd in the WP cafeteria. Attendees enjoyed an evening of great food and meaningful conversation.
Freshmen Discuss the Central Park Five
As part of a Civinomics unit on civil rights and civil liberties, DHS partnered with the Georgia Innocence Project to teach our students about the issues surrounding wrongful conviction in the US justice system. On Wednesday, October 16, while sophomores and juniors are taking the PSAT, all ninth-graders participated in a viewing of the Ken Burns' documentary The Central Park Five. Students engaged with their advisors in a facilitated discussion of the film using questions developed by PBS. They also participated in classroom lessons co-designed with the Georgia Innocence Project to further explore the factors that contribute to wrongful conviction. Finally, on October 24, during advisement, all ninth graders attended a talk by Calvin Johnson, the first man in Georgia exonerated based on DNA with the help of the New York Innocence Project. Mr. Johnson shared his story with students and gave them an opportunity to ask questions.
DHS Changes Homecoming Court Titles to Promote Inclusivity
The DHS student government considered a variety of proposals and chose to use the titles of "homecoming royalty" and "homecoming monarchs" for each class, rather than naming gender-specific representation. These changes were communicated to all DHS students when they were asked to vote for their representatives. This approach creates a more inclusive process of representation that celebrates DHS's wonderfully diverse student body. At the half time this year, they will announce the first Homecoming Monarchs. Students selected could be any combination of DHS seniors: male, female, and/or non-binary.
Sexual Health and Safety of Persons with Disabilities - October 10th
Presented by Kristen Lewis and Emma Barry (Attorneys with Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP) Our presenters will address the scope of the sexual abuse of persons with disabilities, share anecdotes from clients who volunteered to be interviewed on this subject, highlight the factors associated with an increased risk of abuse among persons with disabilities, emphasize signs that reveal the possibility that abuse has occurred, and describe how to create and implement an “Individual Response Plan” to help minimize the risk that such abuse will occur.
* All families are welcome but families of middle and high school students are highly recommended to attend.
Date: October 10, 2019
Location: Wilson Center, 125 Electric Avenue Decatur, GA 30030
Time: 6:15pm -7:15pm
The guest speakers would like for families to RSVP their attendance. For RSVP and questions please contact Cheryl Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DHS ALA Great Stories Club - 3 October 2019
The ALA TRHT Great Stories program will begin next Thursday, October 3rd, 2019. This club is led by Ms. Ifuede Hill, DHS Media Specialist, who also procured the grant that funds the program. Students from a variety of races and ethnicities are represented in this club and use stories from various key texts to explore questions of race, equity, identity, and history through Racial Healing Circles, Great Books and the arts. Details: The club will introduce a new title each month and meet for two sessions per month/title. October 2019's book will be "The Shadow Hero" by cartoonist and teacher Gene Luen Yang.
On October 3rd students will participate in a "Racial Healing Circle" and receive a free copy of the book (to keep).
On October 11th, students will work with a visiting artist.
*Students can select just one book & participate in only two sessions OR or they can sign up for all five books/10 sessions. Contact Ms. Hill for more information, or, sign up to participate by using this link.
Students Organized for Anti-Racism "Beyond Diversity" Workshop
This workshop supports students in their journey towards becoming anti-racism champions by helping them hold Courageous Conversations about race. See the students in action in the slide show on this page... https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/430
Beyond Diversity CSD Employee Seminar - Sept 23 & 24, 2019
This particular seminar, sponsored by City Schools of Decatur, gives the employees of CSD an opportunity to do the internal work of having Courageous Conversations about race.
Great Stories Program: Program and Panel Discussion - Aug 27, 2019, 4:30-6pm
This event uses powerful literary stories of oppression, resistance, suffering, and triumph to identify the roots of racialized experiences today and to discuss how to construct more equitable futures. This event includes a "registration" for students and parents interested in participating in Great Stories, a community lecture by Dr. Nia Reed (Georgia State University, CDC), and a panel discussion. Where: DHS Library Learning Commons Theatre