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In this April 2016 edition:
  • Program highlights from four of our UnityWorks schools
  • UnityWorks Spring Multicultural Conference
  • Now Enrolling New UnityWorks Schools
  • 2016 Summer Training Institute
In this quarterly newsletter, we share some highlights from the promising work being done by UnityWorks schools. Each school creates its own Diversity Action Plan and adapts the UnityWorks Program to meet its individual needs and goals.
Washington Middle School
Washington Middle School Organizes Celebration of "Winter Fests Around the World"

The Washington UnityWorks Team organized a colorful celebration of "Winter Festivals around the World" (photos courtesy of WMS). The planning involved staff, faculty and students, plus many parents and community members.

Assistant Principal Julio Sanchez said the program was "a family-friendly evening of culture, entertainment, and educational experiences. Over 450 people attended this great event where we learned about cultural diversity."

Activities included:

•  Traditional dances: Aztec, Native American, Fusion dance group, Mecha
•  Cultural art making: aguinaldos, beading, cookie decoration, bracelets
•  Cultural food: tamales, pozole, fry bread, champurado, fried chicken


Mr. Sanchez noted that the evening provided many opportunities to advance the conversation about unity and diversity, and to demonstrate respect for the cultural backgrounds of the students. Congratulations to the Washington UnityWorks Team for organizing such a successful event! 
Eisenhower High School
Eisenhower High School Presents Diversity Training Based on UnityWorks Institute 

The Eisenhower UnityWorks Team presented a 90-minute diversity training for all 150 staff and faculty members, based on the activities learned at the UnityWorks Summer Institute. The training included this map (above left) where participants added stars to indicate their family's country of origin, and this chart (above right) that details national achievement gaps in reading and math which educators are working to close.

The Eisenhower UnityWorks Team also developed monthly lessons on diversity and acceptance for the entire student body, and have received very positive feedback from teachers, students and parents alike.

From UnityWorks Team co-chair Tim Lee: “We have been using the curriculum we have been creating once per month for all grade levels. We also completed an initial survey of student perceptions of school diversity awareness and will survey again to see the change.” Go Cadets!
Garfield Elementary School
Garfield Elementary School Students Learn About Countries and Cultures

The Garfield UnityWorks Team organized a multicultural festival featuring Ms. Frizzle's Magic School Bus which had been "traveling" around the world for several months. During that time, students from Davis High partnered with Garfield students to learn about people and cultures from six countries: Korea, New Zealand, Germany, Canada (including the native Salish people), Mexico and Botswana.
 
Teachers and students worked hard to research and present the history, geography, climate, music, dance, languages, art and architecture, food, sports, traditional clothing and other important elements of each country—both in English and Spanish.
 
To introduce the program, the student narrators began by saying, “We are all members of one human race. (Todos somos miembros de una sola raza humana.) In our magic school bus, we have gone to visit six different homes around our world.” 

The gym was packed for the presentation, and the students did a fantastic job. Kudos to Principal Alan Matsumoto and the entire Garfield UnityWorks Team (GUTS)!

UnityWorks Foundation President Randie Gottlieb is seen here with fifth-grader Sebastian Guerrero, the student artist who created her original invitation. 

Assistant Principal Phil Vasquez and Principal Alan Matsumoto attend the presentation in their holiday outfits.

Davis High School
Davis High School Partners with Garfield on Art Board Project; Starts Multicultural Club

Davis High School students worked with Garfield Elementary students on an Art Board Project, highlighting authors and artists from different cultures around the world, with the biographies written in English and Spanish to support the students’ bilingual skills. The art boards were displayed in classrooms around the school. (Photo by UnityWorks Team Chair Jessica Karstetter)
Following through on his commitment made during the Summer Institute, Davis student Alejandro Diaz (center) started a new after-school Multicultural Club. Alex says the club "explores different cultures and traditions, as well as helps out with our community's issues. We had a clothing drive for the homeless right before Christmas and lots of people participated. It was really cool, and I hope we get more opportunities like the ones we've had so far."
 

These examples demonstrate the important voice of students in this collective work. 
 

Davis students also participated in the “Stand Against Racism” campaign and the 
“Quest for Respect” all-school assembly. In addition, the Davis UnityWorks Team prepared a 45-minute presentation on the UnityWorks Program for all staff and faculty, and helped to organize a well-attended exhibit on African-American history for the entire school. Steve Mitchell (below), a member of the local UnityWorks Board, gives students a guided tour through the exhibit. (Photos from OIC of Washington.) 
Click here for more photos online.

Download a list of activities planned by our site teams and a sample Diversity Action Plan.

Spring Conference

The UnityWorks Spring Multicultural Conference for all site teams and invited guests will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 11:30-3:30, Yakima, WA. The conference theme is "Ripples of Hope." Download a flier with registration information here.

Summer Training Institute
The 2016 UnityWorks Summer Institute will be held Monday-Friday, June 20-24, 8:00–4:30 pm, Yakima, WA. 

This intensive week-long training includes practical, hands-on learning about race, culture, prejudice, stereotypes, color blindness, the power of language, multiple perspectives, teacher expectations and student achievement, creating a culture of inclusion, and more.

Space is limited and priority is given to teams. Individuals are welcome to attend. Participants will create their own Diversity Action Plans. Continuing education clock hours are available through ESD 105.

 
     For a flier and registration forms, click here.
Join Us
Now Enrolling New UnityWorks Schools
 
UnityWorks is enrolling new schools and other organizations beginning with the Summer Institute, June 20-24.

Join us in our efforts to improve school climate and student learning, to reduce prejudice, and to encourage positive multicultural change.
 
Questions? Contact:
 
Malii Brown
Program Director 
mbrown@unityworks.org
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Thank You to Our Sponsors

All of 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!

Join us in our efforts to promote understanding of the oneness
of humanity, the value of diversity and the need for unity.

UnityWorks < www.unityworks.org > is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization.
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