Dear SCASD Community Member,
We hope your school year is going well! We wanted to send you a brief update regarding what is going on in SCASD Office of Equity and Inclusivity. Please visit our webpage on SCASD at www.scasd.org/equity. You can find this email at this page as well.
We hope you took some time to review the resources sent home in the letter last Friday on how to talk to children about race and hate-related incidents.
Some additional resources to support discussion on topics such as race, gender, gender identity, and more can be found on race and racism via Teaching Tolerance, ADL (Anti-Defamation League), the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality here (via the Human Rights Campaign), and the National Education Association. All of the aforementioned sites are also provided on the Pennsylvania Department of Education's website on equity and inclusion.
Parent and Community Book Club
Another great place to learn more about race and racism is through the Parent and Community Book Club!
Click here to join the Book Club!
Our book club is back up and running! We are running the club in a book chat format this year. You may select any of the books below and read, at your own pace, over the semester.
At each meeting, we will provide time to discuss the book you are reading and discuss the overarching topics discussed across book selections.
We are continuing our focus on race this semester. The dates and locations for the Evening Book Club meetings are below:
Evening Book Club Dates below - 6:30 p.m-8:00 p.m.
10/16 - SCAHS B050
11 /13 - SCAHS B050
12/11 - MNMS Library
1/14 - MNMS Library
2/19 - MNMS Library
3/25 - SCAHS B050
4/15 - MNMS Library
5/12 - SCAHS B050
Select and read any of the books below and read at your own pace. Come to discuss the book you are reading and the broader topics that are similar across all books selected below.
"White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo
"Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"EveryDay AntiRacism," edited by Mica Pollack
"Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence" by Derald Wing Sue
Important Observances in October:
Religious Holidays This Month - Please visit this link to learn more about various religious holidays celebrated this month such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Navratri.
Hispanic Heritage Month ends 10/15:
From 9/15-10/15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Teachers, librarians, and community members around the district and community celebrated in various ways. Teachers integrated the poetry, literature and works of Hispanic/Latinx authors into their coursework. The librarians highlighted books by Hispanic/Latinx authors and books with Hispanic/Latinx characters. Penn State and the surrounding community hosted speakers, held events, and educational opportunities all month long.
LGBTQ History Month
The month of October is LGBTQ+ History Month! At the secondary level, LGBTQ+ Alliances, faculty, staff, and students at the middle and high school level will be doing activities throughout the month to recognize LGBTQ+ historical and current figures.
National Bullying Prevention Month
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Elementary and middle schools will continue to review Second Step curriculum on bullying prevention.
As always, please reach out should you have any questions, concerns, or need to consult.
Have a wonderful October!
Dr. Seria Chatters (Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Director of Equity and Inclusivity
Department of Pupil Services
State College Area School District
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The Dimensions of Diversity
Submitted: Mar 28, 2021