JEDI Committee

Mission

The Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee (JEDI) is a parent-led group who supports the families of the Aidan Community as well as the Faculty and Staff. The JEDI are united to ensure that the Aidan community lives up to and fully-embodies the words of Aidan Montessori’s Statement on Diversity and Equity.

We recommit ourselves to embracing and celebrating our differences—including those of culture, race, ethnicity, religion, age, family structure, sex and sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomics, learning style, and world view, among others—to form and inform a rich environment that is a crucial to educating our children on their path to maturity and global citizenship.

We unite and collaborate with the Aidan Faculty and Staff to take concrete steps to ensure that all of children are made to feel valued, equal, safe, and included at all times in our community. We stand against all forms of racial injustice, discrimination and harm. We work tirelessly to support the inclusion and empowerment of all within our community. 

Core Values

JEDI acknowledges the differences that exists among us makes us unique. We strive to include, value and embrace the many differences of race, ethnic and socioeconomic background as well as differences of gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and family structures. Our beautifully diverse community creates an enriching environment to the Aidan community.

We honor and value diversity. We believe, as a collective, we must always evaluate our environment to make sure it provides an intellectual, emotional and physical safe-space for our children. We invite parents to share their range of unique perspectives that consists of truth, respect and honor. We are committed to working with Aidan Montessori in effort to provide an anti-bias and inclusive framework in order to truly represent, include, and uplift all of our children. We believe a prepared anti-biased environment is essential in bridging gaps and creating genuine human connections that honor one another.

Get Involved

To join the JEDI Committee or to learn more about how to get involved, please contact JEDI Committee Chair Kimberly Riofrio.

JEDI Events 2019-20

November 2019: Navigating History with our Children

Guest Speaker: Aminah Ghaffar

November 5, 2019 - 6:00-7:30 PM

How do we teach children such a complex and difficult history such as that of Thanksgiving? 

The Aidan JEDI Committee welcomes speaker Aminah Ghaffar, who will be presenting an overview of Native American history and how the Western narrative affects both Native peoples and colonized communities today. Aminah will provide content such as the history of Thanksgiving and tools to find credible, historically-inclusive and accurate narratives that are age-appropriate for children 2-12 years old.  

This event is designed for parents, administrators and teachers. All are welcome to attend. Childcare and dinner will be provided. 

Please RSVP by November 1! 

January 2020: TBA

January 16, 2020 

Details coming soon!

March 2020: TBA

March 3, 2020

Details coming soon! 

May 2020: TBA

May 20, 2020

Details coming soon!

Resources

Teaching and Learning About American Indians

In this video link below, we learn that according to a national survey, 40% of Americans do not know Indigenous people are still alive. The speakers in this symposium explain the research data on just how potently problematic misinformation on American Indians actually is.

The National Council of Social Studies still perpetuates the manifest destiny narrative that is based on a racist perception that devalues indigenous peoples. K-12 US history curriculum standards and their representation of indigenous people indicate there is a predominantly misinformed and limited inclusion of American Indians both in a pre-1900s context and after that. When we have politicians refusing to recognize sovereign nations we can see that the intention to erase an entire group of people is still a strong racist agenda all across the Americas.

If you are looking for way to familiarize yourself with American Indian history and learn about the direct effects misinformation has on present day communities, please check out this video! You can quite literally skip and play any section and learn something profound and life-changing. A big thank you to the Smithsonian’s American Indian Museum and all of the speakers who put this symposium together!

https://www.ustream.tv/channel/1265792

For parents and teachers looking to gather resources with the mission of learning about factual Indigenous History, check out: https://www.reclaimingnativetruth.com/

Talking to Kids About Racism

Book Recommendations for Parents & Teachers

  • Blue City by Ismael Reed 
  • White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privilege Son by Tim Wise
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  • The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • How Does it Feel to be A Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi

Diversity Posts and News

Upcoming JEDI Event: Inclusive Learning Environments

Join Aidan's JEDI Committee for their upcoming event "Inclusive Learning Environments" featuring guest speaker and school psychologist, Brittany Pinkney. The event will take place Monday, April 22 from 5-7 PM - please RSVP and let us know if you plan to attend.

Join Us at the Book Fair on October 14

We've got all the details about Aidan's upcoming Book Fair at Politics & Prose on Sunday, October 14. Purchase books for the Aidan Library, Bright Beginnings, or stock up your own bookshelves. Afterward, head over to Comet Ping Pong and grab a slice of pizza, all while supporting Aidan Montessori School!

Thanks for a Great JEDI Potluck!

The JEDI Committee hosted its first potluck at the end of May, and is looking forward to continuing to talk about and work for justice, equality, diversity, and inclusion at Aidan after a wonderful evening of food and camaraderie.