Embracing and Protecting Diversity

Mark DiBella

YES Prep Community,
 
We live in unprecedented times—times that both remind us of the fundamental importance of our mission and that leave many of us deeply concerned about how to best advocate for our students and ourselves. In the midst of this uncertainty, I am reminded of our collective resolve to embrace and protect diversity in order to eliminate educational inequity and advance social justice.
 
Embracing and protecting diversity must always be more than a philosophical pursuit; it must be the very fabric of who we are and what we stand for – equitable access to an excellent, college prep education for every child in Houston. Our student body reflects the beautiful diversity of many nationalities, religions, and languages in our great city, and as a public school system that serves the families of our city, we have a moral responsibility to prepare all students who walk through our doors to succeed in college and beyond.
 
A major part of that responsibility is ensuring that our students embrace and deeply value their own identities and the identities of others in order to navigate an increasingly connected world. Additionally, we remain steadfast in our commitment to increasing our staff's cultural competence through professional learning and dialogue.
 
The road to equity and social justice is arduous—after all we are working against centuries of injustice and institutionalized structures aimed to constrain the limitless potential of our students. It is more important than ever that our schools are nurturing learning environments for every student—safe harbors that reject discrimination of all kinds.
 
One specific way we plan to combat discrimination is by providing information and helpful resources that empower individuals to defend themselves and each other. Next week at our Gulfton campus, our newest community partner, Univision 45 Houston, will sponsor a Town Hall session in Spanish focused on immigrant rights. You can find more details below about this opportunity.
 

  • What:                “Know Your Rights” Informative Town Hall sponsored by Univision 45 Houston
  • Date:                 Thursday, February 9th, 2017
  • Time:                 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Location:          YES Prep Gulfton, 6565 De Moss Dr, Houston, TX 77074
  • Cost:                  FREE and open to the public
  • RSVP:               communications@yesprep.org  
  • Details:              Presentation will be in Spanish and participation is anonymous and confidential. Child-care will be available.

 
Finally, please visit http://www.yesprep.org/know-your-rights for the most up-to-date resources and opportunities to advocate for social justice.
 
In solidarity,
Mark