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DEI Committee Volunteers Needed

Hello parents! As this year is now in full gear, we would love to invite you all to learn about the GW DEI Committee. We are a parent volunteer group working together to bring diversity, equity and inclusion for all students in our school community. We have been hard at work planning some exciting ideas with Mr. Monahan. At our first meeting, our committee members came up with some great ideas. We need your help gathering links, resources and helpful ideas for our faculty! Parents who are excited to help execute new initiatives for our school, please take a look below and read about what we want to achieve this year at GW. Please Sign Up Here to Volunteer! Please indicate which groups interest you.

  1. Student Advisory: Student Advisory is a monthly meeting with small groups that work to build character through Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). This committee will build up a file of resources for faculty to reference when choosing their Advisory themes and activities. The idea is to weave in DEI topics into this program through interactive games, exercises and discussions. Check out the Team Building Ice Breakers for Advisory and DEI Advisory links and resources. Please contribute links and resources that resonate with you. We need 2-3 parents to manage the lists; all are welcome to contribute

  2. Community Service: 7th graders will need to fulfill 10 hours of community service hours this year. Please take a look and contribute to community service ideas. If something piques your interest, please reach out to us to take the lead on a volunteer opportunity event. Community Service Ideas We need 1-2 parents

  3. Food Service: Willard had a great Lunar New Year No-Cook Night last year! Let's come up with some No-Cook nights in collaboration with some local restaurants in town for religious and cultural holidays. Please contribute to the list of holidays to have different food representations on school menus. We want to work with RPS food service to have culturally relevant foods appear on the menu during the week of holidays, or year round if possible. This group will end up coordinating No-Cook Nights with the HSA Food Service Offerings We need 1-2 more parents

  4. Career Day - Inspire the Future: DEI Committee will help find more diverse careers represented for career day including but not limited to: trade jobs, music and entertainment professionals, artists and writers ect. who are Ridgewood Alumni/parents of students. Interface with Career Day Committee and Mrs. Feit. We need 1-2 parents

  5. Portfolio Initiative: We want to build a file of resources of ideas to help teachers create assignments that have a multi subject approach to show DEI as part of the portfolio project. We need 1-2 parents

  6. Diversity and Alliance Club: Work with faculty advisors to meet with students periodically to provide feedback, encouragement and advice when needed. We need 1-2 parents

  7. The Learning For Justice website is a great resource for DEI activities. Please check it out and add any links that resonate with you to our shared docs above!

Please direct all DEI Committee related questions to Grace Kang,

Thank you,

GW DEI Committee

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