The Cultural Diversity and International Education Committee exists to:
- promote global education and the acceptance and inclusion of a diverse population,
- develop and promote initiatives and programs for diversity awareness and understanding, and
- identify academic issues of international students, such as English as a Second Language, and develop methods to address the issues.
As part of our charge to promote inclusion and increase diversity awareness and understanding, we will be sharing Diversity Events with you every month via the Daily Bulletin. We hope you find this information informative and inspiring.
Diversity Events APRIL 2012
Information obtained from the National Education Association: http://www.nea.org/grants/41388.htm
April 1-30 - Child Abuse Prevention Month - In the early 1980s, Congress resolved that the week of June 6-12, 1982, should be designated as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month, in commitment to identifying and implementing solutions to child abuse.
April 1-30 - National Donate Life Month - Each day in the United States, about 77 people receive an organ transplant, but 19 others die waiting for a donated organ. Learn more at the OrganDonor.gov web site.
April 1-30 - Autism Awareness Month - See The Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois site and the Autism Speaks web site to learn basic information about autism.
April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day - Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with fundraising and awareness-raising events. See the World Autism Awareness Day web site.
April 2 - International Children's Book Day - The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) was founded to promote international understanding and good will through books for children and teenagers.
April 10-16 - National Environmental Education Week - National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the nation's largest environmental education event held each year the week before Earth Day, inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. The 2011 annual theme is Ocean Connections.
April 12 - Anniversary of First Man in Space - Yuri Gagarin become the first man in space on this date in 1961, when he made a one-hour, 48-minute voyage, orbiting Earth in a spacecraft launched by the Soviet Union.
April 20-22 - Global Youth Service Day - Youth Service America publishes a set of posters, toolkits, and curricula guides to help you plan your Global Youth Service Day (or Semester of Service!) event. This year's theme is Youth Changing the World. Find out more at the Global Youth Service Day web site.
April 15-21 - Public School Volunteer Week - Encourage parents and community members to sign the online Parental Involvement Pledge at Project Appleseed web site.
April 7-15 - Passover (Pesach) - Passover or Pesach is an eight-day long celebration during which Jewish families traditionally commemorate the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The highlight of the Passover celebration is the ceremony of Seder performed on the first two evenings of Passover.
April 22 - Earth Day - Check out resources for celebrating Earth Day at the Earth Day Network web site and The Nature Conservancy web site.
April 8 - Easter - In the Christian faith, Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus's resurrection. Lent, Ash Wednesday, and Holy Week mark a period of spiritual preparation for Easter.
April 19 - Holocaust Remembrance Day - The internationally recognized date marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah.
April 26 - Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day - Always the fourth Thursday in April. This program encourages parents to bring their kids to work with them and show them the wide range of jobs available to them. For more information, see the Daughters and Sons to Work web site.
April 30 - El día de los niños/El día de los libros/Children's Day - Día, sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The event was originally proposed by children’s author, Pat Mora.