Multicultural Affairs


Throughout November and December, we discussed the topic of microagression with our Lower School students.

What is a Microagression?

Microagressions are the everyday slights, indignities, put-downs and insults that people of color, women, LGBT populations and other marginalized people experience in their day-to-day interactions. Microagressions can appear to be a compliment but contain a “metacommunication” or hidden insult to the target groups to which it is delivered. They are often outside the level of conscious awareness of the perpetrator, which means they can be unintentional. These messages may be sent verbally (“you speak good English”), nonverbally (clutching one’s purse more tightly) or environmentally (symbols like the confederate flag or using American Indian mascots).

Dr. Derald Wing Sue (2010), Microagressions in Everyday Life

Book suggestions to teach elementary students about microagressions and managing moments that hurt

Ouch Moments: When Words are Used in Hurtful Ways by Michael Genhart

Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig

Sorry by Trudy Ludwig

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson

Hispanic Heritage Month- September 15-October 15

During National Hispanic Heritage month we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. The following is a selection of books that highlights Hispanic/Latino families.

A Box Full of Kittens by Sonia Manzano

Abuela by Arthur Dorros

Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh

Fiesta Babies by Carmen Tafolla

Grandma's Gift by Eric Velasquez

How Tia Lola Came to Visit/Stay (chapter book-series) by Julia Alvarez

I am Latino-The Beauty in Me by Sandra L. Pinkney

I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada

Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers by Pat Mora

Quinito, Day and Night/Dia y Noche by Ina Cumpiano

The Skirt (chapter book) by Gary Soto

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto

Tooth on the Loose by Susan Middleton Elya

Terra Burke, Director of Multicultural Affairs, read Abuela by Arthur Dorros to third graders in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. She focused on the virtues of friendliness and respect, encouraging students to respect differences. Using eggs as a metaphor, Mrs. Burke showed students that regardless of what's on the outside, we are all the same deep down inside and it's what's on the inside that really matters.

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