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Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Week 2022
We are thrilled to announce Stevenson's second annual Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Week, running from April 4 to 8! This year's theme will be focused on allyship, which is integral to our school community's collective commitment to equity, access and inclusivity. To be an ally requires that a person not simply notice an injustice, but also take action by bringing attention to the injustice and requesting that it be corrected. How have each of us supported and/or advocated for marginalized communities today?
FIRE, in collaboration with many other equity-minded clubs, will be hosting a series of events during the week focused on spreading the message of the importance of allyship within our school community. Activities include guest speakers, a film screening and discussion, student advocacy training and more! We hope to see you there!
Please reach out to Dr. LeViis Haney with any questions!
Join the AASA as participants will create a color-coded post where students write a quick reflection on parts of "My Identity" inside the word of stick on the appropriate letter in the AASA letter outline.
Prompts will include:
- The part of my identity that I feel misunderstood by others is...
- The part of my identity that I feel proud of is...
- The part of my identity that I wish others knew more about is...
- The part of my identity that I am most aware of is...
Stevenson High School and FIRE is inviting the families of our students to participate in a special event during Anti-Racism and Inclusivity week designed to open a dialogue regarding racism, inclusivity and allyship. Families are invited to watch a screening of the iNDIEFLIX Education documentary, RACE to be Human. iNDIEFLIX has produced the following film trilogy previously shared with the Stevenson Community: Angst, LIKE and The Upstanders.
RACE to be Human is a documentary film addressing the impact of race and racism on mental health through the lens of students, experts, and educators, as well as how we can collectively move towards equality. The movie explores how to foster healthy conversations about race and racism.
The film addresses the apprehension and confusion so many of us feel when it comes to talking about race and racism. The film examines microaggressions, allyship and the role of social media. It also shares how we can participate and build empathy through conversations at home, work, and school. The program includes strategies and tips to check ourselves and others while inspiring self-reflection so that as individuals, we are more aware, and as communities, we can move forward more equitably.
Members of the Stevenson Community are invited to watch a screening of Race to be Human any time from April 4 through April 11 by using the link below.
Dr. LeViis Haney, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Stevenson will lead an in-person follow up discussion for families who would like to discuss the ideas and topics addressed in the film on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 2104. Seating will be limited to 100 participants at this discussion. If you would like to attend, please register at the link below.
Trailer and Preview Page: https://watch.eventive.org/indieflix/play/624213e9...
Movie Link available April 4 through April 11: https://watch.eventive.org/indieflix/play/624213e9...
Register for film discussion on April 12: https://forms.gle/yJPfkB55i6CcMq2f6
Stay tuned for more information!
The concept of cultural competency is the complex understanding and appreciation of people from various cultures, religions, sexualities, etc. different from your own. Write down some ways on how you can provide the resources and information necessary for your peers to strengthen cognitive and behavioral skills that foster effective and appropriate communication and interactions with people of other cultures and win a prize! Adding your ideas to the bulletin board will help to promote the idea of cross-cultural acknowledgment and acceptance of all despite differences, further enhancing the quality of life for all of those at SHS. Also, be sure to participate in our hula hoop contest for another chance to win a prize!
FIRE presents Keynote Speaker Dr. Laura Minero, PhD, who has dedicated her life-affirming work to revolutionizing systems that adversely impact undocumented, queer, trans and communities of color. Her talk will focus on 2-SQT Latinx communities and why intersectionality matters. Seating is limited! Students can get a permission slip from their sponsors or Dr. LeViis Haney to attend the event.*Permission slip required:
- Download here
- Submit to Room 2115b
Join Mr. Israel Starck as he shares his story from deportation and life in concentration camps until liberation at the end of World War II.
DivCO/FIRE presents Breaking Bread with Allies. This event will feature food from four different regions and a discussion about what effective allyship looks like in our community.
FIRE presents the Allyship Pledge, a community-wide activity to address the question: How have I supported and/or advocated for marginalized communities today? Allies will commit to an action to support marginalized communities, and contributions will be used to create an Allyship Quilt.
FIRE/Patriot Theatre Company presents #Enough: A reading of "Southside Summer," a 10 minute play about a young family who lives on the southside of Chicago, where guns don't discriminate based on how young or old you are but it's the color of your skin that can change which way the gun faces.
About the Clubs
The Asian-American Student Association (AASA) of Stevenson High School works to foster a community that embraces and raises awareness about the Asian-American identity. Students explore what the Asian-American identity means today to combat subtle and overt anti-Asian discrimination in modern society.
Diversity Council (DivCo) promotes the acceptance and celebration of all cultures, races and people. The club seeks to make Stevenson High School and the community a welcoming and respectful environment for all students. DivCo coordinates World's Fair, one of Stevenson's largest student-run events. Other activities throughout the year include exploring the diverse cultural expressions of our students through discussion, food, music, movie and more.
Fostering Inter-Cultural Respect and Empowerment Club (FIRE) promotes equality and respect among Stevenson students and staff through conversation and advocacy, and aims to educate our community and ourselves. As a club, FIRE informs policy change and provides a brave and safe space for dialogue. FIRE continuously educates themselves and the community of SHS students and faculty on the importance of racial inclusivity and the role it plays in our interconnected society.
Latino Hispanic Student Association (LHSA) is a club that works to create an environment for all students to explore the Latinx/Hispanic culture specifically within Stevenson. LHSA also allows members to openly converse about current events, pop culture and history in pertinence to the Latino/Hispanic community in a safe group setting. The club not only provides representation for all Latino/Hispanic students but extends opportunities for all students to have a better understanding of the Latino/Hispanic history and heritage. LHSA is dedicated to creating a strong community within Stevenson.
Mélange Dance Company
Mélange Dance Company is composed of advanced technical dancers who are interested in exploring more about the art of choreography. Members of the dance company will choreograph, teach, and perform dances enhancing their well-rounded dance education. The Company consists of freshmen through senior dancers who perform in all Stevenson Dance productions. Students choose their music, movement, costumes and lighting for production.
Patriot Theatre Company
The SHS Theatre Department is home to the Patriot Theatre Company, whose mission is to activate passion, inspire excellence, and cultivate mindful citizens in an inclusive community of well-rounded theatre artists engaging in diverse stories. The department's curriculum allows students to investigate the social and historical context in which they live, form aesthetic judgments, and develop the discipline of the artist. The ultimate goal is to promote appreciation of the art, as well as a more sensitive and reflective understanding of the human condition.
Peer Helpers are leaders who show great character, kindness and an openness and appreciation for others. They staff the Student Lounge, a safe place students go to talk, relax, obtain resources or eat their lunch. The program offers support for students by providing peer counseling and school wide campaigns.