JEDI information for IC Imagine families
JEDI is an acronym for our school team focused on Justice, Equity, Dignity, and Inclusion. We want to empower adults and children in our community to learn and question through this lens. When we ask you to look at the world around you and put on your “JEDI goggles,” we mean asking questions like these:
October is LGBT History Month!
Here at IC Imagine, we have staff and families who are part of the LGBTQ community, and we want to join them as they celebrate their history. Imagine is focused on creating an inclusive community where all members feel valued and seen. Sharing everyone’s history and celebrating their contributions is an important step towards this goal. Taking this step helps all students feel accepted, decreases bullying, and encourages healthy development and self-awareness. As we work to create a truly inclusive and welcoming school community, it is important that we include everyone’s history and accomplishments in our studies.
Why talk to your kids about LGBTQ+ history?
There is increasing evidence that positive discussion of LGBTQ+ people and issues helps build safer school environments, decreasing the educational, mental, and physical harms.
Stigma and discrimination leads to disproportionately high rates of mental-health issues and substance abuse among LGBTQ+ youth. Students who experience higher rates of victimization in school based on their gender expression or sexual orientation have lower self-esteem and higher rates of depression. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers, and more than half of transgender and gender nonconforming youth who experience harassment, assault, or discrimination in school attempt suicide. In what is called the minority stress effect, LGBTQ+ youth may use drugs, tobacco, and alcohol to cope with the stress of discrimination and stigma, resulting in disproportionately high rates of substance abuse.
September 15-October 15 we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. Discover documents, exhibits, films, blog posts and more from the National Archives and Presidential Libraries that highlight Hispanic culture.