Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
Welcome to LHS and the 2021-22 school year!
The LHS PTSA DEI was created in 2020 and is pleased to help foster meaningful and constructive conversations and diversity, equity and inclusion at LHS. We have several initiatives underway and planned -- view our DEI "inventory" below.
Please contact us! We want to hear your input and ideas. Email DEI Committee Chair Heather Murphy Capps at email@example.com.
2021-22 DEI Activities
DEI Upcoming Meeting
At our upcoming virtual meeting (November 18 at 7 pm), we'll take a closer look at some common words and phrases that may seem harmless to some, but painful to others in our community.
If you have time before the meeting,, take a few minutes to read, watch and listen to some of the reflections posted here and also listed below. Please join us at our next meeting, where we offer a safe space to discuss these topics.
To attend, please fill out this form. We'll email a meeting link on the afternoon of the 18th. We look forward to seeing you!
First, start with these articles from NPR and Self magazine on the words “crazy” and ‘insane”:
Next, consider whether words can gain or shed their original meanings and undertones over time:
Finally, check out this article on “Racist Language and Origins I Didn’t Always Know” and see what surprises you:
If you have extra time, read this article about the People First movement in language:
DEI Organizational Meeting
The LHS PTSA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee will hold a virtual organizational meeting on Thursday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. All voices are welcome. If you’re interested in attending, please fill out this form, and we’ll send you a meeting link that afternoon. We look forward to seeing you! Update: Click below to view our meeting slide deck and recap!
National PTA Diversity & Inclusion Facebook group
National PTA Workshop on Antiracism
National PTA DEI webpage
Virginia PTA position statement on Advancing Equity & Diversity
2020-2021 DEI Activities
Langley PTSA Launches Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
The PTSA's new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee will support Langley’s focus on creating a safe space for all students. Our goal is to start the important conversation about how we can be a PTSA that includes and honors all voices, advocates for equity and celebrates the diversity in our Langley community.
Black History Month: 28 Days of Equity Awareness Project
Langley is commemorating Black History Month this February with its 28 Days of Equity Awareness project. All are invited to read, view and listen to the 28 short readings, videos and podcasts (listed in the box on this page). The DEI Committee's goal is to begin a conversation in which we investigate perspectives from marginalized voices.
Mark your calendars! Join us each Friday at noon in February for a "Friday Reflections" lunch discussion, where we'll reflect on the week's material from the 28-Day list.
In addition, join us on Tues, Feb 16 at 7:30 pm for a Langley pyramid-wide book discussion on the first 7 chapters of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People. (These chapters are among the selections on the 28-Day reading list.)
Blindspot Book Club Discussion
We will hold our next Book Club discussion on Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People on Thursday, March 11 at 7:30 pm. Please feel free to join us even if you haven’t had a chance to read! We welcome all voices.
DEI Planning Meeting
Please join the DEI Committee for a virtual meeting on Monday, April 12 at 7:30 pm. We’ll be setting goals for the end of this year and moving into 2021-22. We are eager to include all voices in this conversation!
2020's 28-Day Equity Awareness List
Below are the links to our 2020 Equity Awareness Project readings, videos and podcasts.
Perspectives in Poetry:
Ali Vingiano, 63 Black Harvard Students Share Their Experiences In A Powerful Photo Project, BuzzFeed (March 3, 2014)
John Biewen, Scene On Radio, Seeing White (14-part series podcast, 2017), S2 E1: Turning the Lens (16 minutes, 30 seconds)
John Biewen, Scene On Radio, Seeing White podcast S2, E2: How Race Was Made (28 minutes, 35 seconds)
John Biewen, Scene On Radio, Seeing White podcast S2, E3: Made in America (33 minutes, 39 seconds)
Invitation to Learn Podcast (FCPS), October 27, 2020, Sarah Eqab On Embracing Identity (37 minutes)
Anti-Defamation League, website resources “I Didn’t Mean it Like That”
John Biewen, Scene On Radio, Seeing White Podcast S2; E4 On Crazy, We Built a Nation (36 minutes, 30 seconds)
Jac den Houting, TEDx, Macquarie University Why Everything You Know About Autism is Wrong
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie “The Danger of a Single Story” TED Talk
Tan Le, TedxWomen 2011, My Immigration Story
Katy Waldman, A Sociologist Examines The “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans From Confronting Racism, New Yorker (July 23, 2018)
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald (Bantam Books, 2016), Chapter 3, Chapter 4 pp 60-70;
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald (Bantam Books, 2016), Chapter 5-6
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald (Bantam Books, 2016), Chapter 7
DEI Book Club: Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (Chapters 1-7); sign up to participate
Tad Hargrave, Blog, Healing from Whiteness
John Biewen, Scene On Radio, Seeing White Podcast S2; E5 Little War on the Prairie (one hour and two minutes)
John Biewen, Scene On Radio, Seeing White Podcast S2; E6: That’s Not Us, So We’re Clean (40 minutes, 05 seconds)
John Biewen, Scene On Radio Podcast: Seeing White S2; E7: Chenjerai’s Challenge
James McWilliams, Bryan Stevenson On What Well-Meaning White People Need To Know About Race: An interview with Harvard University-trained public defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma, segregation, and listening to marginalized voices, Pacific Standard (updated Feb 18, 2019)
Adrienne Green, How Black Girls Aren’t Presumed to Be Innocent: A new study finds that adults view them as less child-like and less in need of protection than their white peers, The Atlantic (June 29, 2017)
Peggy McIntosh, Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege
The Longest Shortest Time (parenting podcast) Episode 116: How Not to (Accidentally) Raise a Racist
Danielle Cadet, Refinery 29, Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They Are Okay – Chances Are They Are Not (May 2020)
Invitation to Learn Podcast (FCPS) November 24, 2020 (32 minutes) Seth LeBlanc On coming out to his family.
Lindsay Amer, TED Talk, Why kids need to learn about gender and sexuality (May 2019)
Leigh Donaldson, “When the media misrepresents black men, the effects are felt in the real world,” The Guardian (Aug. 12, 2015)
Sarah Myers, The Stanford Daily, May 10, 2019, The Unbearable Loneliness of Being Jewish in America
AJC News, October 30, 2020, Behind the Numbers: American Jews’ Experience With Anti-Semitism
“Our Inheritance,” by Adam Gidwitz (pp 95-102), The Talk, Conversations about Race, Love, and Truth, (short story anthology) edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson (Crown Books, 2020)
America Ferrera, TED2019, My Identity is a Superpower – not an Obstacle
“Hablar” by Meg Medina (pp 89-91), The Talk, Conversations about Race, Love, and Truth, (short story anthology) edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson (Crown Books, 2020)