A note from our Executive Director: At the start of this New Year, UnityWorks re-affirms our commitment to promoting the oneness of humanity, the value of diversity and the need for unity. We are inspired by the many individual and collective acts of courage and love that we have witnessed in these divisive times.
We promise to do our best to provide you with the resources, training and support needed to reduce prejudice, increase equity, improve race relations and promote positive multicultural change. We also feel confident that those same forces acting to divide us are simultaneously tearing down barriers to unity and opening our hearts.
Have hope and persevere!
UnityWorks Spring Showcase
The UnityWorks Spring Showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, 11:30-3:30, at ESD-105 in Yakima, WA. This half-day conference will showcase the activities of our UnityWorks schools.
All are welcome. Lunch is included. Clock hours will be available.
Registration opens in mid-February. Save the date!
Summer Diversity Training Institute
Come to our flagship Summer Institute in Yakima!
35 clock hours available through ESD 105
The UnityWorks annual five-day, action-packed Summer Diversity Training Institute is scheduled for June 19-23, 2017. This annual professional learning event, held in Yakima, WA, is designed to prepare educators with the knowledge, tools, strategies and resources needed to improve school culture and student learning, and to design and carry out a successful Diversity Action Plan.
Who should attend? The content is appropriate for UnityWorks site teams and other educators including school board members, superintendents, principals, teachers, university staff and faculty, curriculum directors, counselors, librarians, parents and community leaders.
Topics include: Race, gender, culture, poverty, prejudice, colorblindness, intent vs. impact, equality vs. equity, achievement and opportunity gaps, disproportionate discipline, anti-bias curricula, counter narratives, teacher expectations and student achievement, culturally-responsive teaching, the power of language, and much more. Participants will actively consult on each topic before applying lessons learned to the development of their own school's Diversity Action Plan.
For 25 or more participants from the same district, contact our Program Director to schedule a training at your location: Malii Brown < firstname.lastname@example.org >.
Drama, music and art activities during the 2016 Summer Insitute
"Words cannot adequately describe how phenomenal the UnityWorks workshop was.
It was such an amazing week. I learned so much and am still processing new insights
and understandings. The work you are doing is truly transformational!"
-- Jessica Kerr, Director of Cultivating Capacities, Colorado
WA State Mandates Cultural Training
Did you know? WA State has new guidelines for strategies to close the educational opportunity gap. House Bill 1541 mandates “cultural competence training” for all school staff and faculty.
"I feel confident that we are
headed in the right direction."
--Sharon Harris, Assistant Principal
Eisenhower High School, Yakima, WA
and UnityWorks Team Leader
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 email@example.com