July 18, 2024

Equity and Inclusion


Anti-Racism Statement

“The School District of the Town of Hartford rejects all forms of racism. Racism in any form will not be tolerated in this school. Hartford Schools are committed to the mission of increasing cultural respect by cultivating greater understanding of concepts of diversity, inclusion, equity, implicit bias, white privilege, white supremacy, and systemic racism.” 

Gender Inclusivity Statement

"The Hartford School District is committed to providing a safe, orderly, civil, and positive learning environment for all students and staff, regardless of perceived or actual gender identity, gender expression, sex characteristics, and/or sexual orientation. It is the position of the Hartford School District that transgender, non-binary, and intersex individuals deserve the same inclusion and acknowledgement that cisgender individuals receive."

Over 100 Jewish Vermonters signed onto a letter about the importance of teaching Vermont students about Palestine and Israel.  “Teaching students about Palestine and Israel has always been difficult. It requires support, knowledge, guidance and the ability to grow out of old and into new ideas. We write today, to support Vermont and New Hampshire educators in this difficult task. It is an impossible one if educators fear for their livelihoods.” Read the full letter here


The HHS BIPOC Affinity Group visited the OQS Affinity Group on December 18. Representation matters. It's vitally important that younger BIPOC students see older BIPOC students in the Hartford School District and have opportunities to experience joy together. 

HHS BIPOC Affinity Group & OQS Affinity Group - 12.18.23 - p1 HHS BIPOC Affinity Group & OQS Affinity Group - 12.18.23 - p2 HHS BIPOC Affinity Group & OQS Affinity Group - 12.18.23 - p3

 


Dr. Luvelle Brown, award winning and nationally recognized educator, author, and community leader spoke at the Hartford School District's Staff Opening Event in August.  Dr. Brown is "an experienced educator who has held positions as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, school CIO, and Superintendent of Schools. Currently, Dr. Brown is serving as the Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New York. During his tenure in Ithaca, the Ithaca City School District has experienced unprecedented levels of success." Read his full bio on his website, and watch his speech to distract staff here:

Get Involved!

Student Affinity Groups

BIPOC/Global Majority/Multicultural Student Affinity Groups for students who identify as a member of the Global Majority (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color, Latinx, Hispanic, biracial and multiracial students) meet weekly at their schools.
Dates & Locations

Student Committees

Student Equity Committees for students who are looking to make a positive change in their schools through equity work. These groups meet weekly at their schools.
Dates & Locations

Summer Camps

Camp Outright is Vermont’s sole residential summer camp with a queer twist! Nestled in the stunning natural beauty of our state, it's a vibrant camp that’s all about queer joy, finding your people, adventure, fun, and community. 

BIPOC Overnight Camp's mission is to bring youth of color into nature and provide opportunities for connection, healing and joy.

Community Events

Shadows Fall North

June 18, 2024, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Event: Screening of the documentary "Shadows Fall North"
Location: Lebanon Library Damren Room, 9 East Park St, Lebanon, NH 03766
Details: Screening of "Shadows Fall North," a documentary highlighting the efforts of Valerie Cunningham (coauthor of Black Portsmouth: Three Centuries of African American Heritage) and JerriAnne Boggis, who work to uncover the stories of African Americans nearly lost to history. Refreshments, including snacks, will be provided.

Elemental - movie poster

June 19, 2024, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Event: Family Movie Night featuring Pixar "Elemental"
Location: SAU 88 Auditorium, 20 Seminary Hill, West Lebanon, NH 03784
Details: Enjoy Pixar first rom-com "Elemental," a film that addresses themes of racism in a family-friendly format. 
Special treat: Katie’s Cookies will serve a custom red velvet cake cookie for this event.

 2024 Juneteenth poster

Hartford-Lebanon Juneteenth Celebration - Saturday, June 22nd from 2:00-4:00pm at Lyman Point Park.

SONDHEIMI 

JAG Productions presents SONDHEIMIA: it’s a state of mind. In this curated concert, multi-award-winning musical theatre actor Larry Owens explores time, love, and ambition through the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim.

Join us on June 28th and 29th at Northern Stage for an unforgettable night with SONDHEIMIA. You do NOT want to miss Larry’s virtuosic storytelling and vocals. Grab your tickets soon!

 

Vermont Narratives for Change
Vermont Narratives for Change: A powerful storytelling project that aims to shed light on experiences with harassment, hazing, and bullying in schools. 

 

Light In Gaza
An online Reading Group on Palestine