09Jan

Inclusion at Steiner!

In light of upcoming festivities and Black History month, we would like to invite you to become a vital part of the many events within our school that help foster an all diverse and inclusive atmosphere. Please mark your calendar.

Martin Luther King Day celebration at the High School – Wednesday, January 23rd from 10 – 11:20am
Activist Khadijah Abdurahman will speak about King’s legacy and the oral history project wordtori.com she is working on.
Location: Upper School Assembly Room

African Diaspora Food Festival – Friday, January 25th from 2:30 – 4:30pm
A food journey through the African Diaspora with music and fun
Location: Upper School Common Room on 78th Street
Hosted by SIDER (Students Initiative for Diversity and Equal Rights)

Malang Jobarteh – Wednesday, February 13th from 10-11am
Famous Gambian kora player performs at Steiner
Location: Upper School Assembly Room on 78th Street

The kora is a 21-string African harp played by the traditional storytellers of West Africa, known as griots in French and jeli, jail, guewel or gawlo in African languages. Our 11th and 12th graders both learnt and know about this beautiful musical tradition from their Renaissance World class.

Community Diversity Alliance (CDA)

Curious? If you are interested in playing an active role in further Diversity & Inclusion activities at Steiner, please join the CDA, focusing on three important initiatives:

  1. Facilitating community engagement throughout the grades
  2. Diversifying our school’s festival celebrations to represent the whole community
  3. Supporting faculty and parents on matters of inclusion

Next meeting is on Tuesday, January 15th from 8:30 – 9:30am in the Upper School. For information contact CDA chair, parent Karen Bummele, faculty liaisons to the CDA are Director of Learning Support Amba Singh and Kristin Mathis.

A look back!

The CDA often collaborates with SIDER (Student Initiative for Diversity and Equal Rights), a student-led group that meets every week to discuss current events, plan programs and spread awareness around issues of Diversity and Inclusion at Steiner.

Both groups were immensely engaged in 2018 and secured Steiner alum Reverend James Booker as keynote speaker for Black History month, and organized the National School Walk Out at Steiner (about 98% participation) and 17 minutes of silence in Central Park.

The groups supported a Lunar New Year celebration throughout the school. Activities included both kindergarten classes making dumplings with parents, and storytelling at an Upper School assembly with parents, students and faculty sharing lunar experience from different cultural perspectives. For Ramadan, Lower School parents Mostafa and Hoda Hashish shared experiences, and for the first time, the Upper School celebrated Hispanic Heritage month.