(Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion)

What is DEI?
D-E-I is an acronym that stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Each of those words is packed with meaning, history, and implications for our lives.

DIVERSITY - Representation of and respect for people with all backgrounds, unique strengths and diverse abilities.

EQUITY - Every member of our community receives the resources and opportunities that they need to be engaged and successful.

INCLUSION - To value each individual's humanity and ensure all people feel safe, welcome and that they belong.

Mission Statement:
Granada Hills Charter TK-8 PTSA embraces the diverse backgrounds, experiences, knowledge and talents of the students, families and school community we serve. We recognize that advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is an integral part of making every child’s potential a reality. Our mission is to create a sense of belonging for every GHC TK-8 community member to feel safe, seen, heard, respected, and welcomed.

Diverse Classroom Libraries:
Granada Hills Charter TK-8 PTSA supports GHC TK-8 efforts to diversify classroom libraries. Stories serve as “windows and mirrors” to explore new ideas and cultures, challenge norms and stereotypes, & foster empathy & understanding. That is why GHC TK-8 PTSA would like the thank our PTSA community for supporting the approval of a $1,000.00 donation to help enrich our GHC TK-8 classrooms with diverse books.

This donation will help our school provide diverse classroom books that allow students to see themselves and their families represented in literature. It will also create an opportunity for students to learn about, recognize, value, and embrace the uniqueness of their classmates and community through reading.

Additionally, you can find Diverse Book Lists as an additional resource for at home reading Grades Pre-K-12 here or Grades K-6 here. We are committed to supporting our school's efforts to provide more diverse books in our classrooms.

**Please note that these recommendations came from Edutopia and Scholastics and posting these lists are not meant to be an endorsement by Granada Hills Charter TK-8 PSTA. We invite you to learn more about how PTA is building a more inclusive community by visiting the National PTA website.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage MonthAsthma & Allergy Awareness Month, Haitian Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, and Speech & Hearing Awareness Month.

Monthly book suggestions:

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month
Haitian Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month
Speech & Hearing Awareness Month

Additional Resources:
National PTA: Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (en español)
California State PTA: What is DEI? What do these terms mean?
National PTA: 2021-2022 Multicultural Calendar
Granada Hills Charter TK-12: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ashley Smith, Granada Hills Charter TK-8 PTSA Secretary and DEI Chair

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