Overview: 2/25-3/8

Hi guys!

I hope you’ve had an awesome spring break!!

For the past couple of weeks before spring break, I went through the archives with Mrs. McNamara and I also started creating and finding survey questions. I also think I’ve decided to only survey the alumni/students post 1996, which is when DA’s diversity and inclusion statement was published.

First of all, here are just some of the notes I’ve taken while looking through the archives. The notes I’ll include are from DA’s student-run newspaper, The Green and White.

April 1997 Edition

  • Middle school section
    • Another viewpoint on race (a student’s reflection on Mrs. Moore’s assembly)
      • Assembly by Wanda Moore
        • Talked about segregated America
  • Stereotypes alive and well at DA (a student-written opinion piece) 
    • Might think DA is openminded, multi-ethnic society where nobody has a racist grudge against anyone
      • But racism and stereotypes are floating about the school
    • Thinks that only a few people are actually racist
      • Stereotypes and phrases are heard elsewhere and people just repeat them without really knowing what they mean
    • Think what they’re saying isn’t hurtful, but it actually is to someone

December 1997 Edition

  • Rabbi Friedman visits DA (a student’s reflection on Rabbi Friedman’s assembly)
    • freshman learn more about the jewish religion and culture on November  11 when rabbi John Friedman from Judea reform congregation, visited DA
      • Talked about the beliefs and practices of the religion
      • Main aspects of it and the importance of his religion

From just the few notes I’ve included, you can see that DA was already starting to be a “progressive” school. A student noting that stereotypes are prevalent and hurtful highlights this. I also think it’s really cool that DA had assemblies featuring different religions like they do today.

I also got some AIM survey information from Mrs. Nonez. This survey “was designed to gather information on the attitudes and impressions of students ages 9 through 11 about inclusiveness and multicultural issues.” Additionally, it includes information on DA participant’s (364 students) demographics. This will likely be a large part of my presentation, so I’ll share what I learned from the survey here when I complete my presentation.

As far as what I’ve done for my survey questions go, I’ve taken notes and written down questions used at companies like NASA and schools such as UNCW and University of Michigan. Here are just a few questions and their possible responses:

  • Have you ever heard of racism and discrimination?
    • yes/no
  • Have you ever been a victim of racism or discrimination at school?
    • Never, once or twice, monthly, several times a month, weekly, several times a week, daily, many times a day
  • Have you ever abused or discriminated against someone at school? *
    • Never, Once or twice, Monthly, Several times a month, Weekly, Several times a week, Daily, Many times a day
  • Do you feel comfortable being yourself at school? Why or why not?
    • open ended
  • At school, people are treated respectfully regardless of their differences (race/ethnicity, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran’s status, religious beliefs, disability or socio-economic status).
    • rated between 1 and 5. 1 = extremely negative, 5 = extremely positive.
  • At DA, people have equal opportunities are treated respectfully regardless of their differences (race/ethnicity, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religious beliefs, disability or socioeconomic status).
    • rated between 1 and 5. 1 = extremely negative, 5 = extremely positive.
  •  Campus resources, programs and services are equally available to everyone regardless of their differences (race/ethnicity, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran’s status, religious beliefs, disability or socioeconomic status).
    • rated between 1 and 5. 1 = extremely negative, 5 = extremely positive.
  •  At DA, I see strong leadership support for our institutional value of diversity.
    • rated between 1 and 5. 1 = extremely negative, 5 = extremely positive.

I still need to work on and gather questions, especially those that ask about if people’s differences made them feel as if they couldn’t pursue certain subjects in school, but I think I have a great start!

My plan for the next month:

  • meet with the alumni office and see what classes I have the availability to email my survey
  • finalize my questions
    • meet with Ms. Starling about this
  • create my survey
    • meet with Mr. Beck and Ms. Starling about this
  • send off my survey

Thanks for reading!

 

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