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Inclusion and Diversity

Inclusion and Diversity at DVHS

The DVHS PTSA is committed to supporting the SRVUSD and San Ramon Valley Council PTAs goals of promoting the acceptance of similarities and differences within our school communities, making schools and PTAs welcoming to all and collaborating with on-campus student organizations to promote student awareness and participation.

The DVHS Inclusion & Diversity Committee coordinates with DVHS PTSA, Admin, Staff and Leadership to provide a welcoming and inclusive school community, reflective of our diversity. For information or to join the committee at DVHS, please contact Charlene Migrditchian

march is women's history month

What it is?

During March, we give a little extra attention to all of the amazing accomplishments of strong, determined women. Since 1987, the United States has formally recognized March as National Women’s History Month. Every woman has a story to tell and gifts to share with the world. Please refer to Women’s History Month 2021 for more information.

Why is Women's History Month Important?

  1. We haven't given women their due attention. For many years, women weren’t acknowledged in historical texts. This isn’t because women weren’t in the midst of important events. It’s mainly because men wrote most historical documents.
  2. Women are inspirational. Learning about women who have stood up for their rights and fought for what they believe is fantastic motivation. We all have the power to influence the direction our world is headed in.
  3. It recognizes the strength and power of women. This month is an opportunity to spotlight major things women accomplish every day. From carrying babies to fighting wars and governing countries, women are pretty amazing.

Go to this website for more information. 

Three Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month:

  1. Learn about important women in the past and present
  2. Unlearn and Relearn history through the lens of milestones that celebrate women
  3. Gather or connect with leaders of ANY gender in your life to specifically recognize and spend one-on-one time with people who are important to you and make a difference in the world! See if you can get them to tell you a story about their life that you’ve never heard before. OR - write a letter to a woman, or ANYONE, who has made an impact on you and tell them how and why!

Resources - Learn More!

International Women's Day

Learn more about International Women’s Day at History.com. Controversy clouds the history of International Women’s Day. According to a common version of the holiday’s origins, it was established in 1907 to mark the 50th anniversary of a brutally repressed protest by New York City’s female garment and textile workers. However, neither the 1857 protest nor the 50th-anniversary tribute may have actually taken place. In fact, research that emerged in the 1980s suggested that origin myth was invented in the 1950s as part of a Cold War-Era Effort to separate International Women’s Day from its socialist roots.

stories build bridges speaker series: irma Herrera, march 23

Featuring Irma Herrera in honor of Women's History Month

March 23, 6:30-8:30pm

Cal High, DVHS, MVHS, SRVHS PTSA Inclusion & Diversity Committees are pleased to invite parents, staff, and students to hear Irma's inspiring story about identity and advocacy. There will be a Q&A session and informal conversation facilitated by some of our very own SRVUSD high school students.

Irma Herrera is a Bay Area lawyer, writer, solo-performer, and social justice activist. Her solo play, "Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?" has received critical acclaim. Irma is a native of South Texas and grew up in a Spanish-speaking home. She spent three decades as a public-interest lawyer, starting in Washington state’s Yakima Valley, representing Spanish-speaking farmworkers. She moved to SF to work at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and spent 15 years as the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, an organization advancing the interests of women and girls. Irma has presented several times in SRVUSD, and we are excited to welcome her back!

For Questions? Email Angie Corritone, SRVHS PTSA IDEC Co-Chair.

Black History Month - February

black historyFebruary is Black History Month. When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History week in 1926, he realized the importance of providing a theme to focus the attention of the public. The intention has never been to dictate or limit the exploration of the Black experience, but to bring to the public’s attention important developments that merit emphasis. This year's theme is 2021 Theme: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity and resources to celebrate Black History Month in February and all year long can be found here:

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gender 101 - Saturday, march 6, 10:30 am

SRVUSD, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs, and Danville-San Ramon Valley PFLAG are pleased to present: Gender 101 on Saturday, March 6 at 10:30 am via Zoom. Advanced registration is required.

Our presenters will help participants better understand the LGBTQ+ terminology, understand gender and its parts and learn the importance of inclusive language and how to use it.

Our panelists include Lisa Levy and Elisa Tinker, both of PFLAG Danville-San Ramon. This presentation will take place on Saturday, March 6, from 10:30, am to 12:00 pm via Zoom.

Register and Submit Questions in Advance.

mlk day of service

Monday, January 18th is the 35th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Observed each year on the third Monday in January, for the last 26 years, the day of service celebrates "a day on, not a day off" and is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Please check out the links below for ideas on how your family can participate and give back to the San Ramon community or wherever you’d like to make a difference.

The King Center is planning a week of virtual events to celebrate Dr. King's legacy starting January 11th. View more information here. Read a collection of famous and inspirational quotes from Dr. King here.

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native American heritage month - November

November is Native American Heritage Month

First declared in 1990, the month provides an opportunity to commemorate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and acknowledge the important contributions of Native American/Indigenous people. It is also an important time to educate about the bias, discrimination, and unique challenges faced by Native American/ Indigenous people both historically and currently and the ways in which they have confronted these challenges.

In schools and (virtual) classrooms, Native American Heritage Month is a good time to explore Native American history and culture as well as the injustices faced by them and how that injustice has been and continues to be confronted and overcome. However, as with other similarly themed months, it is important not to isolate Native American history and culture into one month during the year. Below is a list of educational resources to bring the themes of Native American Heritage Month to your homes in November and throughout the year.

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Latinx heritage month - September 15th to october 15th

Latinx Heritage Month honors the achievements, contributions, culture, and history of the Hispanic and the Latinx American people. This month-long celebration begins on September 15th, commemorating the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The commemoration kicked off in 1968 as a week-long event and expanded to four weeks in 1988 to reflect Mexico's, Chile's, and Belize's Independence days and now ends on October 15th. The Latinx population makes up about 18% of the population in the US.

Here are a few informational websites for the DVHS community that helps explore the rich history and the culture of the Latinx people:

Latino Americans: Timeline of Important Dates (PBS.org)

Latino History (National Museum of American History)

Hispanic Heritage Month Activities, History, Timeline, Ideas, Events, Facts & Quizzes (Factmonster.com)

18 Major Moments In Hispanic History That All Americans Need To Know” (The Huffington Post, 2015)

How Mexican Immigration to the U.S. Has Evolved” (Time, March 15, 2015)

Central American Immigrants in the United States” (Migration Policy Institute, August 15, 2019)

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