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The Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI+B) Committee in Edgemont is a dedicated group of individuals committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment within our school community.

Committee’s purpose:

As a part of Edgemont’s commitment to ALL MEANS ALL and the principles of DEI+B a district-wide DEI+B Committee was established with members representing the community, parents/guardians, students, teachers, counselors, psychologists, and administrators from our schools. The district-wide committee will provide the Superintendent of schools and the Board of Education recommendations for specific initiatives, including the adoption and revision of policies; the implementation of practices designed to promote diversity and inclusivity; the equitable access to high-quality educational staff, facilities, and materials; and, the achievement, success, and sense of inclusion and belonging for all individuals of Edgemont. Additionally, the DEI+B will monitor best practices across the state to ensure the District processes are relevant, current, and collaborative. The DEI+B is also leveraged to respond to a call to action and is the think tank leveraged to address incidents impacting our students when they arise. This will be achieved through the principles of equity within a culture of respect which fosters well-being for all.  The committee will participate in ongoing professional development to help us develop as thought partners to the District. This is the Edgemont Way.

 

2023-2024 Committee Members

Teachers
Molly Earle
Rachel Ratcliffe
Sabrina Arevalo
Cameron Brindise
Gem Chema
 
Students
Benunthi Singh
Addison Burnside
Juliana Suarez-Lipton
Rustin Mirhaji
 
School Counselors/Psychologists
Jamie Brookman
Stephanie Fuentes
Rayna Shapiro

 

Community Member/Parent/Guardian
Edgemont 4 All
Robin Herskowitz
Susan Henner
Priya Nag
Laurie Feinstein
Lauren Tanen

 

Administrators
Dr. Kenneth Hamilton
Eve Feuerstein
Marisa Ferrara
Kyle Hosier
MaryRose Joseph
Amy Moselhi

 

Interested in Joining the DEI+B Committee?

Applications are now open for the 2024-2025 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Committee in Edgemont. If you are passionate about fostering an environment that values diversity and inclusion, we invite you to apply HERE ! This committee plays a pivotal role in addressing and celebrating the diverse perspectives within our community and meets once every 2 months for 2 hours from noon-2pm.

To express your interest, kindly complete the application form. Our dedicated team of building administrators will carefully review applications and select members for the upcoming year. We are committed to ensuring that the committee reflects and celebrates the rich diversity of our community. The selection of committee members will ensure a diverse representation of community members, parents, teachers, and students.

Let's work together to create an inclusive space where every voice is heard, appreciated, and valued. Apply now and be part of the positive change in Edgemont!

 

Committee’s Work 2023-2024:

Recent Initiatives and Meetings: The DEIB Committee has been actively working to create a more inclusive and diverse environment within our schools. Updates on our initiatives have been shared regularly during board meetings, with the committee convening once every two months. Over the past year, we have held three productive meetings, including a collaborative working session where students partnered with teachers to develop a student-led professional learning opportunity.

Addressing Antisemitism and Hate Speech:

In response to the concerning rise in antisemitism and hate speech, the DEIB Committee took proactive steps following the DEI+B meeting on November 16, 2023. Engaging in discussions with Steven A. Goldberg, the Director of Education of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center (HHREC) in White Plains, we successfully organized three assemblies for high school students in mid-December. Mr. Goldberg, an esteemed facilitator and former Edgemont teacher, facilitated impactful small-group discussions open to all EHS students.

Collaborations with the Westchester County Human Rights Commission and the Hate Crimes Unit from the Westchester County District Attorney's Office are also in progress for middle school students.

Future Collaborations and Engagements:

Currently working with Steve Goldberg to create a tailored presentation for middle school students, the DEIB Committee is actively engaging with 5th and 6th-grade students at Seely and Greenville, promoting kindness and the importance of being an upstander. Students are taking a leading role in various activities, including the rollout of the Weekly Wordles in celebration of Black History Month.

We are working towards cultivating interest and capacity among students to support the creation of a student-led and populated bulletin board. Details about this initiative will be shared in upcoming weekly emails to students.

Community Forum and Future Committee Formation:

Building on positive feedback from faculty and students, we recently engaged Steven A. Goldberg for a community forum on January 11th, providing an additional platform for dialogue and collaboration within our community.

Website Update and Future Plans:

We understand the importance of updating our website with comprehensive information about the committee and its ongoing efforts. While this may be a project for the new committee, considering careful consensus and the best approach for the rollout, we are committed to keeping you informed.

As we continue to grow and learn in our first year as a committee, we appreciate your ongoing interest and support for our DEIB initiatives.

2024 DEIB Celebrations/Recognition of Days with the Community

*If an important date is missing please email emoselhi@edgemont.org and the date will be considered for addition by the DEIB committee.

The DEIB Committee is dedicated to partnering with the community to uphold the principle that "ALL MEANS ALL." Below are the scheduled dates for celebrations and recognition, during which the DEIB Committee will send notes to the community. If there is a missing date, please email emoselhi@edgemont.org, and the DEIB Committee will review it for inclusion. While we may not be able to send notes for every important religious or cultural day, we have made every effort to capture the most significant ones for as many diverse stakeholders as possible.

This list was posted on February 13, 2024. Any dates prior to that date will be recognized by the
DEIB committee in 2025.

2024 DEIB Celebrations/Recognition of Days with the Community

Jan 1, 2024

New Year's Day

Jan 15, 2024

Martin Luther King Day

Jan 25, 2024

Mahayana New Year (Buddhism)

Jan 27, 2024

Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust

Feb 1, 2024

Black History Month Kick Off

Feb 10, 2024

Chinese Lunar New Year

Mar 1, 2024 Women's History Month

Mar 8, 2024

Mahashivratri (Hinduism)

Mar 10, 2024

Start of Ramadan (Islam)

Mar 17, 2024

Saint Patrick's Day

Mar 18, 2024 Neurodiversity Week
Mar 19, 2024 Navroz - Persian New Year

Mar 25, 2024

Holi (Hinduism)

Mar 29, 2024

Good Friday / Easter (Christian)

Mar 31, 2024

International Transgender Day of Visibility

Apr 1, 2024

Autism Awareness Month Kick Off

Apr 9, 2024

Eid al Fitr (Islam)

Apr 13, 2024

Vaisakhi (Punjab people of all religions)

Apr 22, 2024

Eve of Passover (Judaism)

May 5, 2024

Holocaust Remembrance Day

May 5, 2024

Cinco De Mayo

May 23, 2024

Wesak/Buddha Day (Buddhism)

Jun 16, 2024

Eid al Adha (Islam)

Jun 19, 2024

Juneteenth

SUMMER 2024

 

Sep 1, 2024

Back to school!

Sep 7, 2024

Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism)

Oct 2, 2024

Eve of Rosh Hashana (Judaism)

Oct 3, 2024

Navaratri begins (Hinduism)

Oct 11, 2024

Eve of Yom Kippur (Judaism)

Oct 16, 2024

Eve of Sukkot (Judaism)

Oct 31, 2024

Diwali (Hinduism)

Nov 1, 2024

Mahavir Nirvan (Jainism)

Nov 11, 2024

Veterans Day

Nov 28, 2024

Thanksgiving

Dec 25, 2024

Christmas (Christian)

Dec 25, 2024

Eve of Hanukkah (Judaism)

Dec 26, 2024

Kwanzaa