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About Léman

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As a diverse, international school dedicated to preparing students for a global world, Léman is committed to our mission of being an antiracist institution that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. Léman provides a learning environment that enables social justice, activism and advocacy for our BIPOC members. Our programs include alliance and affinity groups, extensive professional development for faculty, administration and staff, events and discussion groups for parents, and a Values and Beliefs Committee comprised of stakeholders including parents, faculty, administrators and students.

Inclusion Statement


Léman Manhattan Preparatory School is a community of diverse cultures, languages and countries of origin, which draws unity through the acknowledgement and celebration of our differences. As a mosaic of individuals who believe everyone should feel safe and respected, we strive to facilitate opportunities for meaningful engagement with openness and empathy. This process of communication is integral to fostering a just and harmonious place of learning.

Ours is an inclusive school where students, families, caregivers, faculty and staff are supported equally and where each unique identity, voice, ideological viewpoint and experience is valued. We honor all members of our community, diverse in: ability, age, appearance, belief system, citizenship, culture, family structure, gender, gender identity, language, learning style, national origin, political view, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic level and all other protected characteristics.

Committed to sustaining an environment free of harassment in any form, including bullying and discrimination, we maintain that the work of inclusion is a responsibility held by all and done for all, person to person. We embrace this challenging yet rewarding opportunity and understand that this is an evolving work which enriches our lives.

Calendar of Inclusion & Diversity SY20-21

The Léman community embodies a mosaic of individuals diverse in culture, language, ethnicity, and countries of origin. Throughout the school year at Léman we aim to take advantage of opportunities that promote awareness and understanding of our community at large. The calendar below should be used with mindful intent to recognize and commemorate events and issues reflective of that and the world around us.

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Affinity and Alliance Groups

Lower School Students

5th Grade Student Council / DEI Representative

The 5th Grade Student Council plans and conducts activities that foster school spirit and community. The Student Council consists of representatives from the 5th Grade. As liaisons between the students and the Lower School Administration, members are responsible for representing the student body’s interests and supporting community service activities. Members of the Student Council are elected in the fall for the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Community Service Representative, Diversity and Inclusion Representative, and Class Representatives (number dependent upon class sections). Students serve for the entire academic school year, meeting approximately twice a month. The Student Council is led by a member of the Lower School faculty or administration.

Upper School Students

BSU, Black Student Union

The mission of the Black Student Union is to allow students to express their views and concerns about current events and issues regarding race. Through dialogue, we hope to educate, promote acceptance, and broaden perspectives within the Léman community. Though our focus is to raise awareness of the challenges and injustices that the Black community faces, the Black Student Union welcomes all Léman students and aspires to build understanding between people of all races. By engaging in respectful, honest conversations regarding race and other social justice topics, we aim to affect positive change at Léman Manhattan.

 

GSA, Gender & Sexuality Alliance

The Léman Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) provides a safe space for students to discuss and learn about issues facing the LGBTQ+* community. The Léman GSA welcomes all high school students, including those within the LGBTQ+ community and their allies, without passing judgment or making assumptions about identity. In addition to LGBTQ+ issues, discussions also focus on the intersection of these topics with elements of identity such as race, class, and religion. Through open, respectful, and candid discussion, the group seeks to educate members of the community, create knowledgeable allies, and make Léman a safer place for people of all identities.

*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and more.

 

Brazilian Association of Léman

The Brazilian Association of Léman is directed toward exploring and learning more about the culture from Brazil, a country that is very present in the Léman community. We will explore the different areas of the Brazilian culture, for example, food, celebrations, movies, etc. This club is not only for Brazilians, but for everyone that is looking forward to expanding their cultural knowledge and having fun! Our main focus is to teach and present the Brazilian culture to the Léman community by presenting movies, foods. and pieces of art of our culture, and also starting conversations/debates about events that are happening right now in the country, exploring different opinions and perspectives of the challenges that have been going on. Our club is open to everyone interested and doesn’t require prior knowledge or skill. It is also a good space for people who are trying to improve their knowledge of Portuguese language.

Hispanic Latino Club

The Hispanic Latino Club seeks to explore the different cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and of the Hispanic/Latino community in the U.S. in order to promote awareness of their cultural diversity. We encourage everyone to learn and engage in important issues affecting the Hispanic world, including the local Hispanic/Latino community here in NYC. This club is not only for Hispanic/Latino students or students taking Spanish, but for anyone who would like to enhance their cultural awareness. We want to bring together students who are curious or passionate about anything related to the Spanish language and the Hispanic/Latino world. We will organize different activities, such as carnival masks, community service, culinary expos, dance classes, fundraising campaigns, movie nights, parties, and Spanish spelling bee tournaments, among others. For those of you who want to practice Spanish, we will also offer the opportunity to do it informally. The club is open to everyone! ¡Te esperamos! / We are waiting for you!

Other Upper School Affinity & Alliance Groups Include:

International Students Association
LatinX
FEM
Girls in Stem Club
Asian Culture Club
Chinese Culture Club
Nordic Club
Red Cross Club
UNICEF Club
Model UN Club
International Club
Léman Equity Club
Dementia Music Therapy Club

 

Faculty & Staff

LPC, Léman Professionals of Color

The Leman Professionals of Color (LPC) affinity group serves as an active gathering place for people of color, that promotes social and cultural competence and positive race relations throughout the Léman Community. The group provides a platform where attendees can safely and constructively express their ideas, concerns and experiences. Members will actively support the well-being of one another and of all students, in particular students of color, as well as engage in leadership and school-wide activities that kindle networking and fellowship among families and professionals at Léman.

Other Faculty and Staff Affinity & Alliance Groups Include:
LARE, Léman Allies for Racial Equity
The Community Service Committee

Parents

POCC, Parents of Children of Color

The Léman Parents of Children of Color mission is to empower families with children of color while helping to advance the goals of the Léman community in embracing equity, diversity and inclusion. To bring awareness and address the unique needs of Léman’s globally diverse student body.

 

LCA, Léman Community Association

The Léman Community Association (LCA) is a non-profit parent organization that fosters a sense of strong community at our school and enriches the experiences of all Léman students, parents and faculty. Through a wide range of events and fundraising efforts, the LCA generous contributes to the life of our school and experiences of our families.

Led by a dedicated and committed Board of Directors, and supported by many parent volunteers across the school, the LCA plays an important role in connecting families across academic divisions, welcoming new families to Léman, fostering school pride, and funding horizon-changing opportunities for students and faculty.

 

White Ally Group

The goal of Léman’s White Ally Group is to provide families who identify as white opportunities to discuss and process the topics of race and racism as well as learn about the BIPOC experience. This group hopes to build bridges between communities by hosting book groups and online gatherings where families have a safe space to build perspective on racial injustice and reflect on white privilege.

Values and Beliefs Committee

The Values and Beliefs Committee runs during the academic school year. The committee has the responsibility of establishing and protecting the overarching purpose of the Léman Inclusion Statement and the school's fundamental values and ethical principles. All Léman students, faculty, staff, and parents/guardians are welcome to join. The Committee is committed to ensuring that one student from each affinity group (Black Student Union, Gender & Sexuality Alliance, Asian Culture Club, FEM Club, and more) attend regular V&B meetings.

We invite any Léman community member interested in joining this committee, hoping to form a new sub-committee related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) or wishing to share related new ideas, to reach out to the Chair of V&B Committee, Lakiya Burrell

Important Contacts

Lakiya Burrell, MSEd
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Coordinator
l.burrell@lemanmanhattan.org

Reeshemah Brightley
Parent Coordinator, Parents of Children of Color
LemanPOC@gmail.com

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources for Families

 

Guides to talking with your children about racial injustices and social inequities:

There is no such thing as "quick tips" or foolproof advice when it comes to discussing the complexities of race. But there are better ways to go about it and each parent/caregiver will have to decide for themselves what makes the most sense for them and their family (Parent Toolkit). However, do remember to remind children of your family values, allot time for expression of emotions, revisit facts, and seek professional assistance when needed.

100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice | Raising a Race Conscious Child – This list models language that has been used in a conversation with a child regarding race (and other identity-markers such as gender and class).

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice | Teaching Tolerance – Whether you are the parent of a 3-year-old who is curious about why a friend's skin is brown, the parent of a 9-year-old who has been called a slur because of his religion, or the parent of a 15-year-old who snubs those outside of her social clique at school, this book is designed to help you teach your children to honor the differences in themselves and in others - and to reject prejudice and intolerance.

George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children? | USA Today – This article explores why it is important to talk with children about what happened to George Floyd and other incidents of police brutality and racism in the news.

Talking with Your Children about Islamophobia and Hate-Based Violence – Discusses Islamophobia and hate-based violence against Muslims with children. This fact sheet highlights, for parents and caregivers, strategies that can be used to facilitate effective conversations, age-specific guidelines, and actions families and communities can take before an event occurs. The strategies can be adapted to talk with children of other cultures about hate-based violence.

Table Talk: Family Conversations About Current Events – Provides parents and family members with the tools they need to engage their families in conversations about important news stories and other timely discussions about societal events. Each guide includes a topic summary, questions to start the conversation and dig deeper, ideas for taking action and additional resources.

Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence with Kids – Compiled by the Center for Racial Justice in Education to support children.

Stock Your Library with Equitable and Inclusive Children's and Young Adult's Titles

Beyond the educational benefits, books have the power to instill empathy, affirm, teach, transport and inspire action. Books matter. ADL, 2015.

Adult Support

Talking about race, racism, prejudices, and trauma does not come easy for anyone. Utilize these resources for learning about how to talk to your children:

Webinars

What the Covid-19 Crisis Tells Us About Structural Racism – Talking Race With Kids. Recorded, April 16th

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