Diversity At RVC

Navigating and celebrating difference is a skill, like empathy or forgiveness, that can be learned and developed. In our diverse society, learning to work across differences broadens our horizons and opens up possibilities. 

RVC strives to create a diverse and inclusive learning community. Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee meets monthly to share knowledge and work on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion at our school.

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride! | Celebrando LBGTQ +: ¡Feliz Orgullo!

We are so excited to share this LGBTQ+ newsletter with you! As you may know, June is PRIDE month – a time dedicated to learning about and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.   Maybe you’re wondering whether it’s a good idea to discuss LGBTQ+ topics at the elementary school level. The newsletter makes the case as to why all kids benefit from learning about this community – it’s about creating more space for expression and learning at a young age to be true to yourself. We really hope you’ll read it!    Some further motivation: an estimated 1 in 10 (some say more, some say less) youth will eventually identify…

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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Newsletter / Boletín informativo del patrimonio asiático-americano e isleño del Pacífico

May 1st marks the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This month is about celebrating the many contributions of the AAPI community as well as recognizing the pattern of historical chronic injustices against this community going back hundreds of years. There are many examples of AAPI erasure in our collective history – from the largely ignored contributions of the Chinese workers who built the transcontinental railroad to the literal massive depopulation of Native Hawaiians. It’s time for all of us to take the time to learn more so that we can move toward a future of proper AAPI representation…

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Celebrating Neurodiversity – Celebrando Neurodiversidad

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee has put together a GREAT newsletter to highlight and CELEBRATE Neurodiversity. Neurodiversity? Perhaps you’re familiar with the concept, just not the terminology. In a nutshell, the concept of Neurodiversity means that brain differences are just that: DIFFERENCES. Rather than focus only on what we cannot do, let’s recognize, nurture and celebrate the many strengths and talents of being neurodiverse! At RVC we hold this concept near to our hearts and we highly recommended checking out this newsletter! It is jam-packed with amazing links and resources and we hope you enjoy the newsletter as much as we enjoyed creating it. Sincerely, The Diversity & Inclusion Committee Please…

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Celebrating Women’s Day

At RVC, we’re celebrating Women’s Day. The newsletter below has great links to share with your family. Please wait for the PDF to download below, or use the controls to download it and share. Click the links in the PDF to access information, videos, recipes, and more. En RVC, estamos celebrando el Día de la Mujer. El boletín a continuación tiene excelentes enlaces para compartir con su familia. Espere a que se descargue el PDF a continuación o utilice los controles para descargarlo y compartirlo. Haga clic en los enlaces del PDF para acceder a información, videos, recetas y más.…

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Black History Month

Black History in the US

Our volunteer Diversity and Inclusion Committee has created this wonderful source of information to celebrate Black History Month. Please wait for the PDF to download below, or use the controls to download it and share. Click the links in the PDF to access information, videos, recipes, and more. Nuestro Comité de Diversidad e Inclusión ha creado esta maravillosa fuente de información para celebrar el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana. Espere a que se descargue el PDF a continuación o utilice los controles para descargarlo y compartirlo. Haga clic en los enlaces del PDF para acceder a información, videos, recetas y…

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Celebrating Native American Heritage

Please enjoy the wonderful newsletter below, celebrating Native American heritage. Please wait for the PDF to download below, or use the controls to download it and share. Click the links in the PDF to access information, videos, recipes, and more. Disfrute del maravilloso boletín a continuación, que celebra la herencia nativa americana. Espere a que se descargue el PDF a continuación o utilice los controles para descargarlo y compartirlo. Haga clic en los enlaces del PDF para acceder a información, videos, recetas y más.  

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Hispanic Heritage Month!

Our amazing Diversity and Inclusion committee has lined up a fantastic celebration of Hispanic heritage. Please wait for the PDF to download below, or use the controls to download it and share. Click the links in the PDF to access wonderful resources, recipes, and more! Nuestro asombroso comité de diversidad e inclusión ha organizado una celebración fantástica de la herencia hispana. Espere a que se descargue el PDF a continuación o utilice los controles para descargarlo y compartirlo. Haga clic en los enlaces en el PDF para acceder a maravillosos recursos, recetas y más.  

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How We Stack Up

Throughout the year, we’ve been leading a conversation within the RVC community about diversity — what it means, and some of its subtleties.

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Parent Ed Night: Children and Gender

Join us for an evening of education with Alison Park, a nationally recognized speaker on children, gender and diversity. Learn about reframing multiculturalism as an inclusive process for the benefit of students, staff and families.

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What is Diversity?

When we talk about “diversity” in our school, we’re discussing the degree to which the school community reflects the range of different kinds of people in the wider world.

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Resources and Reference Material

The Diverse BookFinder is a comprehensive collection of children's picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC):  https://diversebookfinder.org/

Disability Scoop is a source for news about developmental disabilities: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/

Gender Spectrum provides resources to help create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens: https://www.genderspectrum.org/

Anti-Racist Resources for Parents  is a page provided by PEPS, whose mission is to connect parents to strengthen families and build community. PEPS is not an expert on social justice and antiracism but they have created a list of critical resources that can help parents to get started. https://www.peps.org/ParentResources/by-topic/anti-racist-resources-parents

A Roundup of Resources on anti-racism from the San Rafael Library: https://srpubliclibrary.org/research/resources-on-anti-racism-and-equity/