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Diversity, equity and inclusion workshops planned for 2021

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on November 12, 2020

Bethlehem Central High School students, recent alumni and district families are invited to take part in a four-part workshop series during the 2020-21 school year designed to bring about an understanding of racial and cultural equity and support effective cultural responsiveness in our school community. 

The workshops will be led by Harriette E. Grosvenor. An educational consultant, Ms. Grosvenor facilitates workshops and supports school districts, leadership teams, faculty, staff members and students in building their capacity through cultural proficiency. Her expertise includes instructional and leadership transformation with an emphasis on helping stakeholders and institutions establish equitable practices, policies, and procedures. 

All meetings will be held online and will take place in early 2021. District administrators, faculty and staff have been participating in similar workshops since 2018.

Participants in the 2021 workshop series must commit to attending all four sessions. There will be four sessions each for students/alumni and for parents/guardians/caregivers. The workshop series will be offered more than once depending on community participation and interest.

To help us plan for these important sessions, please read the information below and fill out this brief form indicating your interest.


BRIDGING THE DIVIDE

A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop Series for Students and their Parents, Guardians and Caregivers

Now, more than ever, diversity, equity, and inclusion are priorities for many individuals and organizations. Having the knowledge, skills, and tools to engage effectively with others across differences can often pose a challenge for many of us. This series of interactive workshops is designed to bring about an understanding of racial and cultural equity while supporting individuals’ and organizations’ desire to respond in healthy ways.

For STUDENTS/RECENT ALUMNI

The student sessions will provide a safe and welcoming environment for reflection and open dialogues. Student participants will discuss commonalities and differences in race, culture and levels of privilege while examining how racialized history has impacted contemporary culture. Students will use real-life examples and current events to explore ways to dismantle bias, unlearn harmful narratives accepted consciously as well as unconsciously and develop the skills necessary to navigate the diverse world in which they live. The 2021 student sessions will be limited to students in grades 9-12 and recent alumni. 

For PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND CAREGIVERS

This series will allow parents, guardians and caregivers to engage in reflective activities and open dialogues to develop awareness around the formation of personal values, beliefs, and privileges as they relate to race, language, and other differences. Participants will be introduced to the tools of Cultural Proficiency, explore language for engaging across racial differences, unpack the science behind unconscious bias, develop an understanding of how institutions produce inequitable outcomes and consider how inclusive environments impact engagement, and foster a sense of belonging for all.

Your FACILITATOR

Harriette E. Grosvenor is a Caribbean-American educator born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Vassar College and Manhattan College, Ms. Grosvenor has worked as a teacher and administrator in both the private and public, school systems since 1991. 

As an education consultant, Ms. Grosvenor facilitates workshops and supports school districts, leadership teams, faculty, staff members and students in building their capacity through cultural proficiency.  Her expertise includes instructional and leadership transformation with an emphasis on helping stakeholders and institutions establish equitable practices, policies, and procedures.