Diversity Alliance Committee

Diversity Alliance Committee
Posted on 06/08/2021
Diversity Alliance Committee




The Hawthorne Public Schools will ensure that diversity in all of its forms is respected and valued within the educational community by fostering and promoting an environment of inclusiveness where all students, staff, and families feel welcome while being their authentic selves. 


The Hawthorne Public Schools will create an environment that provides opportunities to meet the entire population’s diverse needs, which will enhance student achievement both academically and socially. The Hawthorne Public Schools commits to promoting these principles and ideals to correct current and historical shortcomings and contribute directly to the quality of learning for all educational community members.

Committee Members

Administration / BOE Members Parents / Community Members Alumni
Richard Spirito Jim Bushoven Aliysha Malone
Kristen Trabona Joe DiGeronimo Laith Matari
Art Mazzacca Defina Moore
Rob Bertolini Deja Leak-Sumter Teacher Reps
Susan Spinelli Michael Stracco Brianna Dockray
Alex Clavijo                                  Marisa Fusaro
Alma Morel                                                                                                      Melissa LoCascio
        Jen Ehrentraut

Meeting Agendas July 28, 2020 Meeting Agenda August 24, 2020 Meeting Agenda October 5, 2020 Meeting Agenda December 10, 2020 Meeting Agenda December 10th Presentation January 14, 2021 Meeting Agenda February 18, 2021 Meeting Agenda March 4, 2021 Committee Workshop March 18, 2021 Meeting Agenda April 15, 2021 Meeting Agenda Next meeting: July 22, 2021
Focus Group Opportunities for Hawthorne Families Introductory Letter Additional Information New Focus Group Opportunity, March 2021 Introductory video regarding Focus Groups
If you are unable to participate or not selected for the Focus Groups, you may provide feedback using the following link: Feedback Form

Community Information Nights

We hope parents and community members enjoyed the parent workshop series provided in the spring of 2021.  We will continue to keep everyone updated as to future programs.

Parent Workshop Descriptions: 
  • Session 1: Moving from Not Racist to Anti-Racist (Thursday, April 8, 2021)
    • What does it mean to be anti-racist and why might it be important to name it? This will be an introduction to language, history, and vision. 
  • Session 2: How Anti-Racist Education Has Positive Learning Outcomes for All Students (Tues., May 4, 2021)
    • Anti-racist education allows us to take a holistic approach to learning, knowing that students learn most meaningfully when they and their peers are able to be their full, authentic selves. This workshop will share data around equity leading to academic excellence, focusing on building critical thinking skills. 
  • Session 3: Schools and Families Partnering Towards Transformation (Wed., June 2, 2021) 
    • In order to make transformational change, we need a community effort towards anti-racist practice. This will be a space of planning, partnering, and co-creating. 

The members of the Diversity Alliance Committee are excited about our partnership with the 
Institute for Anti-Racist Education: https://www.antiracisted.org/ 

Please stay tuned to this website for more details regarding our work together and opportunities for members of our community to participate.

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