February 2021 - Celebrating Diversity

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February 2021 - Celebrating Diversity

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This month, we focus on celebrating diversity. You may not think of West Virginia as being culturally diverse, but we certainly are. We have welcomed folks from all over the country and world, and we're better because of it. However, it is not enough to merely accept or tolerate those who are different to us, we must celebrate what makes us different, and find joy in our uniqueness. Our diversity is worth encouraging, enjoying, and celebrating!

Please have a look at a few of the resources our Disability Resource Library provides and, as always, please feel free to reach out to Lori Heginbottom, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at roger.may@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-205-6434.

Featured Resources

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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

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The classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism -- now fully revised and updated Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.

You can borrow Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? now.

Meeting Mimi: A Story About Different Abilities by Francie Dolan

There is lots to learn about the new girl at school. She does not like beans. She does like to tell jokes. And, she has a physical disability. In this book, beginning readers in prekindergarten to grade 1 can join Mimi’s classmates as they ask questions about different abilities and make a new friend.

This illustrated picture book series features social/emotional issues as plot drivers. Youngsters are introduced to a variety of experiences, while caregivers are given a jumping off point for discussing and guiding their child's social/emotional development.

You can borrow Meeting Mimi from our library now.

Crow Boy by Taro Yashima

A shy Japanese boy having difficulty adjusting to school is misjudged by his classmates. Chibi has been an outcast since that frightening first day of school when he hid under the schoolhouse. Afraid of the teacher and unable to make any friends, Chibi passes his free time alone — alone at study time, alone at playtime, always a "forlorn little tag-along." But when Mr. Isobe arrives, the teacher sees things in Chibi that no one else has ever noticed.

You can borrow Crow Boy from our library now.

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

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This book celebrates the differences and similarities that connect all people. A tasty tale that showcases the many shades of the skin we are in. Bold illustrations celebrate diversity with a child's open-hearted sensibility and a mother's love.

You can borrow The Colors of Us now!

Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora

Emphasizing the rich diversity of America's neighborhoods, this simple portrait of a child's day provides a great introduction to the fun of language. Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora's eye-catching collages are full of appealing details like colorful storefronts, pigeons, and an ice cream truck, making Carmelita's neighborhood a fun place for children to explore.

You can borrow Say Hello! from our library now.

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice by Maurianne Adams, Warren J. Blumenfeld, Rosie Castaneda, Heather Hackman, Madeline Peters, and Ximena Zuniga

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice

The first reader to cover the scope of oppressions in America, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice covers six thematic issues: racism, sexism, Anti-Semitism, heterosexism, classism and ableism. The Reader contains a mix of short personal and theoretical essays as well as entries designed to challenge students to take action to end oppressive behavior and to affirm diversity and racial justice. Each thematic section is broken down into three divisions: Contexts; Personal Voices; and Next Steps and Action. The selections include over 90 essays from some of the foremost names in the field-bell hooks, Cornel West, Michael Omi, Iris Marion Young, Gloria Anzaldua, Michelle Fine, Gloria Steinem, Richard Rodriguez, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Michael Kimmel, Patricia Hill Collins and many other distinguished scholars.

You can borrow Readings for Diversity and Social Justice from our library now.

Parent Navigation Tips - Raising Diversity-Aware Kids

(Adapted from an article by Lisa Armstrong for Parents)

In today's world, it's more important than ever for kids to learn to accept and appreciate diversity. Here's how parents can help.

Just as parents can pass on their prejudices to children, they can also play an invaluable role in teaching them to be respectful of everyone. Here are seven ways experts say you can raise a child to accept—and appreciate—diversity

  • Acknowledging Differences
  • Be a Positive Role Model
  • Talk About Bigotry
  • Encourage Empathy
  • Expose Your Child to Diversity
  • Foster a Strong Sense of Identity
  • Don't Tolerate Prejudice of Any Kind

From the article,7 Tips for White Parents Raising Diversity-Aware Kids, by Lisa Armstrong.

A Child's Champion

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February's Child's Champion is Delegate Danielle Walker of Monongalia County, West Virginia!

Delegate Walker's experience of working with children began when she was in middle school. "I tutored kids in my neighborhood in spelling, reading, and math. My passion grew for children with disabilities. I remembered watching a movie about a family who had been torn to pieces because of an Autism diagnosis," Walker said. "I remember completing my senior book the year I graduated and making a very profound statement; I wanted to adopt two children one with Down syndrome and the other with Autism," she said.

"By and by, my inspiration came from my two kings - my sons. Both of them live with, in, and through their disabilities, whether physical or mental. I accept their abilities and motivate them to continue to move forward to set goals and reach them," she said. As a single mother to hear the words, “Your son will never do anything in life. Your son will never speak or function in a world like your own,” only motivated her more. Walker's oldest son is studying nursing and and her youngest son will graduate this year. "When I see children, I see the future. It’s “The Littles” that give me strength," Walker shared.

Delegate Walker has received many awards and recognition for her work with children and in the community. "Even though my name may be on the awards, I share them with the supporters and voters. I’m only me. The awards that are most endearing are those that ignite change for a better environment, a better community, and a better world," she said. Some of her awards include Appalachian Activist of the year by Appodlachia, 2021 Helaine Rotgin Champion of Change Award by WV Free, Opportunity West Virginia 2019 Legislative Champion, 2019 Martin Luther King Jr Humanitarian Award by Greater St Paul AME church and The Morgantown Kingwood NAACP, 2019 WV CAG rising star award, and 2019 Morgantown Human Rights award by Morgantown Human Rights Commission.

"Words without works are a waste; you are not a waste" is one of my favorite quotes. It comes from a camp my sons attended, YES, WE CAN, for folks with special needs. Though former directors Ms. Z and Mr. Curtis Chiles have passed on, how they lived, loved, and taught deeply impacted Walker and many others in the Morgantown community.

Thank you for all you do Delegate Danielle Walker!

Do you know someone you'd like to nominate to be featured as a Child's Champion in our monthly newsletter? Please let us know! Contact Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at roger.may@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-205-6434.