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Appreciation of Diversity workshop series for staff to begin Feb. 11

(10/19/2022) The Appreciation of Diversity speaker series is offered in alignment with the Anoka-Hennepin Equity Achievement Plan, a coordinated effort to promote high academic achievement for all students and eliminate predictable and persistent gaps between student groups. 

Gaining an understanding of the cultures throughout Anoka-Hennepin schools and the community is the focus of the Appreciation of Diversity workshop series, a voluntary opportunity available to all Anoka-Hennepin employees. 

The series gets underway on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The workshops will be held in a hybrid format, in-person and online. Participants are encouraged to attend in person. Registration can be completed in the Learning Management System (LMS). 

Staff are encouraged to attend one, all, or a combination of the series. 

Visit ahschools.us/equityachievementplan to view the entire plan and additional information.

Workshop 1:
Title: Black Culture: Storytelling through Music
Description: There are many different characteristics of black music. The use of drums was an important tool to communicate sorrow, hope, and celebrations. The lyrics were written, sung and shared about the hardships of slaves. The hymns and rhythms sounded like languages we hear in present times in African cultures. Today, Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Gospel music is heavily influenced by social justice. Music played and still plays a central role in African American civil rights movements in America and elsewhere. Music has the power to change one’s mood, inspire, and change perceptions. Join Minnesota’s top Black artists in presenting life experiences with culture, history, and their lyrics. Join a well-known secret country singer, one of only a few Black country singers, as he shares his journey to be a singer, songwriter and producer in an industry heavily dominated by white artists. Finally, this workshop will highlight our musically talented students, showcasing their poems, lyrics, and rhymes.

Saturday, February 11, 2023
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Hybrid: Register on LMS

Registration is free and available through the Learning Management System (LMS). Access A-HConnect through the lock and key on the ahschools.us website.

Workshop 2:
Title: LGBTQIA in diverse communities
Description: People of color and people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) communities each face challenges in American society, and the challenges are especially acute when a person identifies with both groups. For example, people with this intersectionality are at a greater risk for mental health challenges, homelessness, and chemical dependency, issues among others. This session introduces individuals to key terminology pertaining to LGBTQIA communities to foster greater understanding and awareness. In this session, you will have a chance to hear individual experiences set in this context by the organization Outfront Minnesota.

Saturday, April 15, 2023
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Hybrid: Register on LMS

Registration is free and available through the Learning Management System (LMS). Access A-HConnect through the lock and key on the ahschools.us website.