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In this September 2016 edition:
  • UnityWorks receives 3-year strategic grant

  • Some highlights from the school year

  • Constructive Conversations on Race 

UnityWorks is delighted to report that we have been awarded a 3-year Strategic Grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation. This generous support will enable us to expand our programs, including the Summer Diversity Training Institute, develop new multicultural materials, and continue site visits to participating schools. THANK YOU!
UnityWorks Welcomes 3 New Schools

Site team members from MLK Elementary (left) and Hoover Elementary (right).
Barge-Lincoln Elementary School also joined the program this year.

Highlights From our UnityWorks Schools
Multicultural Club

Founded by Davis High School student Alejandro Diaz (front left) after attending our 2015 Summer Institute, the Club has studied various countries, visited with homeless children at the Union Gospel Mission, learned about Islam at the local mosque, and organized a winter clothing drive.
Kevin Locke
Lakota Hoop Dancer

Preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and global citizen, Kevin has performed in over 90 countries. His goal is "to raise awareness of the oneness we share as human beings.”

UnityWorks was able to bring Kevin to Yakima, WA for several performances, including one at Eisenhower High School with over 2,000 students in attendance.

Check out our video which shows students learning some hoop dance moves with Kevin after the performance in the school gym.
Diversity Plan
Unifies School Community

“Our Multicultural Festival at Washington Middle School was the culminating program for a wonderful, unifying educational process which included months of research and preparation by the entire school community."
"We worked together in planning teams with students, teachers, administrators, parents and other community members to learn about the different cultures and ethnic groups represented at our school. Our site team's goal was to increase community involvement, which went from only 5 people at the first meeting to over 450 participants at the final event.” - Jana Hoberg, English Teacher
Spring Conference a Success!
Davis High School Jazz Choir performs during the UnityWorks Spring Conference

Click here for more photos and videos of the Spring Conference in Yakima, WA

Summer Institute - What People Are Saying
Our five-day, action-packed Summer Diversity Training Institute focused on a number of interrelated topics including race, gender, culture, poverty, prejudice, multiple perspectives, stereotyping, colorblindness, intent vs. impact, equality vs. equity, achievement and opportunity gaps, anti-bias curricula, counter narratives, teacher expectations and student achievement, the power of language, and much more. The site teams actively consulted on each topic before applying lessons learned to the development of their own school's Diversity Action Plan.

Frank Reed, Assistant Principal
Barge-Lincoln Elementary School

"I’m excited. Everyone should have this opportunity. We all have prejudice.
We have to make an intentional effort."

Alejandra Rodriguez, Assistant Principal
Hoover Elementary School

"I became an educator to help others. 
UnityWorks has given us the tools. We have to address the issues and now we know how."

Luz Juarez-Stump, Principal
Hoover Elementary School

"The training has been an eye-opener 
for me and my staff.  I’m really excited
about the things we’ve come away with."

 

Joy Mendoza, Student
Davis High School

"UnityWorks opened my eyes. Even though
I’m young, I can make a difference. 
Others say I can’t, but I can!"

Edith Godinez, Education Advocate
Educational Service District 105

"Because of this training,
my hope in humanity
will never be lost."

Craig Olden, School Counselor
Hoover Elementary School

"I came in here with an intellectual lens. Through the experiences this week,
it's gone from my brain to my heart."

Click here and scroll down for additional comments.

Constructive Conversations on Race
Conversation group members from Springfield, IL, at a recent reception
for Brian Grimm (back row center), producer of the film Racial Taboo

UnityWorks is pleased to share that our practical handbook, Constructive Conversations on Race has been having a very positive impact on race relations in Springfield, IL. Spearheaded by the Springfield Race Unity Committee, and endorsed by the Springfield Ministerial Alliance and the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association, the group has been meeting for the past 2-1/2 years.
 
Delores Martin, Chair of the Committee, writes that “Constructive Conversations on Race is a proven program that has led to many healthy, non-accusatory discussions on race, and to a significant number of interracial/inter-congregational friendships that are continuing to blossom across the Springfield area. We were recently asked to train 250 law enforcement officers and 150 community members. We also had in attendance over 50 school officials from Springfield, and are now following up with organizing Conversation groups from those who expressed an interest.”

 
Springfield, UnityWorks applauds your efforts!
Find Out How You Can Participate

Learn more about the UnityWorks Program and how you can participate. We love to work with schools, colleges and community groups.

 

For more information, contact:
Malii Brown, Program Director 
mbrown@unityworks.org

 
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Thank You to Our Sponsors

All these activities are made possible with the support
of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation,
the Rabbani Trust, the Yakima School District, 
and the generous contributions of many individuals. 

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Meet Heather Hudson
 
We are delighted to welcome Heather Hudson to our growing UnityWorks administrative team!

Heather has a B.A. in International Studies, and previously worked as the general manager for a successful international construction business. She also has specialized training in conflict resolution and mediation, and experience with financial management for non-profit organizations, including Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and the PTA.

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