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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Defined

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    Collective mixtures of our students, staff, families and communities characterized by our differences and similarities.

    The Diversity Wheel is a great visual representation of the diversity that we each possess. It gives an overview of the dimensions of diversity that are present and active in one’s environment. It consists of four layers of diversity: personality, internal, external and organizational dimensions.

     

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    Click the graphic above to learn more about the Diversity Wheel & Definitions
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Director of DEI

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    Toya Spencer is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She joined the district with 18 years of corporate experience. For the majority of her career, she has been guiding organizations in becoming more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces. Having worked at the corporate headquarters for Abercrombie & Fitch, Huntington National Bank and Danaher Corporation - Toya's experience working in such vastly different industries provides the dexterity required to understand and serve a school district with needs across many aspects of diversity.

    Read more about Toya

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    Contact Toya via email: tspencer@wscloud.org

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Monthly Cultural Celebrations

  • FEBRUARY

    Black History Month

    Black History Month

    February is Black History Month. It is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.  Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

    Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

    February was chosen as the month to celebrate Black History Month to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both of whom played a significant part in Black history.

     

    Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is a 15-day festival that is celebrated annually depending on the sighting of the new moon. It is also known as the Spring Festival, and an animal is associated with each New Year. The animals rotate and repeat according to a fixed cycle.

    Chinese New Year 2024 will fall on Saturday, February 10th, starting a year of the Dragon. As a public holiday, Chinese people will get 7 days off from work.

    You’ll find a full 20% of the Earth’s population celebrating — using more fireworks than any other day of the year. It’s a celebration marked by good food, red envelopes, and blessings for everyone.

    The festival was traditionally a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the New Year vary widely.  The evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is frequently regarded as an occasion for families to do two things: 1. gather for the annual reunion dinner and 2. thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill fortune and to make way for incoming good luck.