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UnityWorks Growing Again

Educators Heidi Griffin, Randie Gottlieb, Sharon Harris, Jessica Karstetter and Tcharles Anders consult during the UnityWorks Summer Institute in Yakima, WA.

The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity for UnityWorks! We added four more schools to the Program, expanded our roster of presenters, completed our second UnityWorks Training Institute, and hired a Program Director and an Administrative Assistant.

UnityWorks was invited to speak at a city-wide race unity event in Springfield, IL last week, and in Boston next month—where we will be presenting at the National Race Amity Conference. We also received very positive mention in the media, added four videos to our website featuring UnityWorks team members, created a LinkedIn page, and produced some new diversity resources for our online Bookstore.  
Over the next few weeks, we will be conducting site visits to UnityWorks schools in Yakima, WA. Our next newsletter will feature some of the great activities being organized by the site teams there.

All these activities are made possible by grants from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation and the Rabbani Trust, support from the Yakima School District, and the generous contributions of many individuals. Thank you!
UnityWorks in the News
For its efforts to promote positive multicultural change, UnityWorks made front page headlines in the Yakima Herald this July. We were featured in an NBC Right Now special report in August, and mentioned during a well-attended KCTS-TV town hall meeting on Race, Justice and Democracy broadcast in October. 

In addition, UnityWorks was featured on Spotlight Charity in March of this year. Our “Teaching Unity” curriculum was honored as an IP Notable by Independent Publisher Magazine, which called it “a title of distinction…as important as the ABCs and the 123s.”  

The book was also named a finalist in the Education category for both the Next Generation Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards.
Introducing Malii Brown 

We are delighted to introduce our new Program Director, Ms. Malii Brown, who will focus on recruiting and orienting new schools, arranging for their training, and providing ongoing support to the site teams.
Malii brings a wealth of experience as a diversity trainer, consultant and program manager. She has worked both locally and globally for academic institutions, state governments, nonprofits, and private corporations—including travel in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas—to connect people across continents and cultures.

Malii earned her Master's degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the School for International Training in Vermont, and her Bachelor's degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Join Us
Now Enrolling New UnityWorks Schools
We are now enrolling new schools for our third year, beginning with the Summer Institute in June (see below).

Join us in our efforts to improve school climate and student learning, to reduce prejudice, and to encourage positive multicultural change.

From Our Friends
“Congratulations and best wishes for your valued efforts. Work such as yours is vital to the establishment of World Peace.” 
Edward Widmer, President
United Nations Association
for the State of Illinois
“I just watched a nice piece of news coverage for the UnityWorks program on the Tri-Cities NBC station. It was good to see something so hopeful and positive about race relations on the news for a change!”
John Zorich, Engineer
“This kind of work is the Most Important -- to KNOW HOW to build unity!”
Lisa Bradley, Author
Abby Wize series
“We just wrapped up the second summer of our neighborhood unity club with a potluck. About 13 parents and 35 children. We have used your Teaching Unity book as the inspiration...and plan to continue every year. Awesome resource!!”  
Janna Denton-Howes
New Westminster, Canada

Kaitlyn Wolterstorff

UnityWorks is also pleased to welcome high school student, Kaitlyn Wolterstorff, as our new Assistant, as we place great importance on the inclusion of young people in our collective work.
Summer Diversity Training Institute
We recently completed our second UnityWorks Training Institute with 25 participants from five schools—including students, teachers, administrators, counselors, parents and community members. Check out these photos!

During the training, we
learned about race, culture, prejudice, stereotypes, color blindness, the power of language, authentic voices, multiple perspectives, the melting pot, teacher expectations and student achievement, and creating inclusive classrooms. As part of this effort, we also shared our stories, sang, danced, acted, drew pictures and wrote poetry

Pre- and post- training surveys indicate that most participants felt they had made major gains in multicultural knowledge, skills and attitudes, as well as significant personal growth.  From one teacher: “Thank you so much!  It was a total blessing to be in the workshop!  I could feel the ‘community spirit’ that was developing…and it is so needed in today’s society.” 

A Call for Unity in Springfield, IL
UnityWorks was introduced at “Greater Springfield’s Family Reunion: A Call for Unity.” The event, held on Oct. 17 in the Convention Center with approximately 300 attendees, was hosted by the Springfield Race Unity Committee and featured a screening of the documentary, Racial Taboo.
During the post-film discussion, all participants received a copy of UnityWorks’ Constructive Conversations on Race available through our online bookstore.

Organizers referred to Constructive Conversations as “a proven program” that is bringing people of diverse backgrounds together. Such conversations have been occurring in Springfield for the past 19 months and have “led to many honest, non-accusatory discussions about race and to a significant number of interracial and inter-congregational friendships that continue to blossom across the Springfield area.”

Springfield Race Unity Committee Chair, Deloris Martin (center), Committee Member, Mike Lang, and UnityWorks Program Director, Malii Brown. For a short video of Malii's introduction, click here.
New Diversity Resources
UnityWorks is excited to announce that, in response to teacher requests, our PowerPoint on Unity for children is now available in Russian and Spanish -- thanks to Dr. Zoya Ivanova, Jose Antonio Garcia Grande, Jonathan Gottlieb, and Aurora Peña Torres. We hope these programs will help to spread a much-needed message of unity around the world. 
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of humanity, the value of diversity and the need for unity.

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