Camellia is committed to being a diverse and inclusive school. We are constantly reflecting on ourselves as individuals and as a community to see how we can work to dismantle all forms of systematic oppression that threaten the potential of every human soul to thrive in joy, love, safety and equality. This work is ongoing and there is a lot to be done, but we are committed and hopeful about continuing to expand and learn, as it is through this work that we will be able to provide the best education we can and to nurture the strongest most inclusive community we can.
Over the summer we formed a diversity, equity and inclusion committee to ensure that this important work continues on. The committee meets weekly and looks at all aspects of school life, from classroom readers, festivals, campus artwork, parent education as well as continuing education for Camellia teachers and staff. The faculty has begun the first book study of the year, So you Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and looks forward to sharing the study with the board and staff. In February, faculty and staff participated in the Gender 101 workshop offered by The Sacramento LGBT Center and had another parent evening on gender on earlier this month.
We wanted to pass along the links below, shared by AWSNA (the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and The Sacramento LGBT Center.
How to talk to children about racism and violence: resources for teachers, parents and guardians Anti-racism Resources for White People: a compilation of resources for white people and parents to deepen our work in anti-racism Array Now: Started by Ava DuVernay, director of Now They See Us, this is a compilation of African American independent films - an array of stories and voices. Teaching Tolerance: Teaching about race, racism, and police violence 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: Curated by Medium and updated regularly. How to talk to your children about protests and racism: an article by CNN including comments by Van Jones
Human Rights Campaign: Supporting and Caring for our gender-expansive youth.This groundbreaking report (available online or in PDF format) of 925 gender-expansive youth is designed to provide adults with a better understanding of these youth and to help adults find ways to communicate with and support all youth in their lives.
Trevor Project The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.