Category Archives: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

A Conversation with Cousins

Parents and caregivers, we invite your students (and you!) to join us for an afternoon conversation with Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby, co-authors of Cousins, the story of what happens when a White woman, Phoebe, contacts a Black woman, Betty, saying she suspects they are connected through slavery. Recently profiled in the Baltimore Sun,… Read More »

Get comfortable with uncomfortable conversations!

Is there something you’d love to chat about? “Getting Comfortable with Uncomfortable Conversations” is the Equity Committee’s monthly opportunity for us to gather, chat and learn about a predetermined topic. Virtual conversations are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30, beginning this Tuesday, October 5!  Think you’d like to lead a group? Let… Read More »

The Equity Committee Has a Diversity Problem

As many of you know, the Hillcrest Elementary PTA has an active Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Not quite two years old, we’ve focused much of our energy and activity on the Equity piece of our work. We host a monthly discussion group to tackle issues like systemic racism and cultural appropriation; have formed a student… Read More »

April Is Autism Acceptance Month

This year the Autism Society of America, along with leading disability organizations across the country, announced that it is formally shifting references of “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month” because “inclusion begins with acceptance.” According to the CDC, “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There… Read More »

Celebrating Laylat al Bara’at

Laylat al Bara’at is a Muslim holiday celebrated at night, which is associated with the descent of God from heaven and the generous forgiveness of sins. It is regarded as a night when the fortunes of individuals for the coming year are decided and when Allah may forgive sinners. Therefore, on this night every year many Muslims pray… Read More »

What Is Holi?

Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates spring, love, and new life. It also celebrate the Hindu god Krishna. This year, Holi begins March 29, but celebrations begin the night before. After sundown, at the Holika Dahan, people gather to perform religious rituals in front of a bonfire, and to pray that their internal evil be… Read More »

Equity Discussion Groups Are Coming!

The Equity Committee has officially revamped the format of its Book Club: it is now the Equity Discussion Group! Our hope is that this new format will be more accessible to members of the community who haven’t attended in the past because they weren’t able or didn’t want to read the books. There is “suggested prep work”… Read More »

It’s Time to Hunt!

By now, we hope you know very well that we have a website designed to inform and support the Hillcrest community. We post fairly regularly, with an emphasis on bringing attention to ways we can call out inequity in our school and community, as well as how we can try to support vulnerable members of… Read More »

Celebrating Deaf History

Today, March 13, is the beginning of Deaf History Month, commemorating the achievements of people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Running through April 15, the dates were chosen to commemorate three important moments in deaf education history spanning a century and a half: March 13, 1988 – Deaf President Now! protest (above) at… Read More »