UnityWorks Summer Institute -- details below.
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UnityWorks Is Growing 
The past three months have been quite busy for our new Foundation. We completed the first year of our pilot program in the Yakima School District, met with the School Board who would like to add four more schools to the Program starting this Fall, hosted our first Spring Multicultural Conference in May, welcomed two new members to the Yakima Leadership Team, and added several diversity resources to our online bookstore.

Plans are also underway for our second Summer Institute to train the new site teams, and for a Fall Planning Conference where veteran teams will develop their Action Plans for the year. 
Diversity Action Plans 
Over the past few months, the site teams have been working on their Diversity Action Plans. As a first step, for example, Wilson Middle School posted images of unity in diversity around campus and added messages in Spanish to their reader board to increase parent engagement. They plan to conduct a school climate survey in the Fall.
Join Us
Now Enrolling New UnityWorks Teams

We are now enrolling new schools and other groups for our second year, beginning with the Summer Training Institute in August (see below).

Join us in our efforts to improve school climate and student learning, to reduce prejudice, and to encourage positive multicultural change. Download application.  
Maria Cuevas, Spring Conference speaker
Wilson Middle School
First Spring Multicultural Conference 
UnityWorks held its first annual Spring Multicultural Conference on May 28 in Yakima, WA. The event was designed to provide an opportunity for UnityWorks site teams to share best practices, to review progress and challenges in implementing their Diversity Action Plans, and to showcase their efforts for interested new schools.
Among the many conference highlights was a presentation by Alan Matsumoto, Principal of Garfield Elementary School, who shared some student artwork (below left) and described the arts-integrated curriculum which is used to enhance learning in all core subjects.

Victor Nourani, Principal of Lewis and Clark Middle School, shared a hilarious and informative talk about his experience as an immigrant to the U.S., including his purchase of what he thought was a large container of fried chicken (based on the photo), but which turned out to be Crisco!
The conference closed with a rousing performance by students from the Davis High School Jazz Choir (below right).
Garfield student art
Summer Diversity Training Institute
The UnityWorks Summer Institute will be held August 10-14 in Yakima, WA, for new site teams. Individuals are welcome to attend if space is available. 

This intensive week-long training is designed to prepare educators with the knowledge, tools, strategies and resources needed to improve school culture and student learning, and to develop and carry out a successful Diversity Action Plan. View flier here

Teams can download an application form.
Individuals should email to reserve a space:
New Multicultural Resources
We have added some new items to our online bookstore, including "Portraits of Humanity" (left), a free animated video of the "Hawaiian Unity Song," a School Climate Survey, and an activity booklet on "Conversations on Race for Kids." 
Support what you believe in. Join us in our efforts to promote understanding of the oneness of humanity, the value of diversity and the need for unity.
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