Diversity & Inclusion at Belinder

Diversity & Inclusion at Belinder

Mission Statement

The Belinder Elementary Diversity and Inclusion Committee values and respects the diversity found in the Belinder family. We understand that diversity includes people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, socio-economic classes, religious and spiritual traditions, ages, and abilities. We are committed to promoting cross-cultural understanding, harmony, and positive relationships; and we are equally committed to raising the awareness of the powerful and beautiful diversity that exists within our community.

Thank you to the SME D&I Committee for allowing us to piggy-back on their Mission Statement with minor changes.

If you would like to join the Belinder Diversity & Inclusion Committee, please contact Etienne Clatanoff by clicking HERE.


Parent / Teacher / Administrator Resources
Article & Essays

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

“we need diversity—in teams, organizations and society as a whole—if we are to change, grow and innovate”

How Racially Diverse Schools and Classrooms Can Benefit All Students

“documented benefits to low-income students”

“emerging recognition that middle- and upper-class students benefit in diverse classrooms”

Activities that Promote Racial and Cultural Awareness

“[Kindergartners] enjoy exploring the culture of their friends”

Anti-Racism Activity: ‘The Sneetches’

“help children understand the emotional impact of unfair practices”

5 Benefits of Inclusion Classrooms

“Studies show that all students benefit from the resources available in an inclusion classroom.”

The Gender Spectrum

“A gender-diverse child’s best predictor of success is whether that child receives support at home and from teachers. Often, families push schools to make the necessary changes for their children. But for kids who don’t have support at home, informed and sympathetic educators are their only chance for a safe place.”

Affirming Gender in Elementary School: Social Transitioning

“Building a strong sense of community and acceptance of all differences in the classroom and school is a critical proactive strategy for creating a safe environment for gender-expansive students.”

The Benefits of Socioeconomically and Racially Integrated Schools and Classrooms

“Racially and socioeconomically diverse schools offer students important social-emotional benefits by exposing them to peers of different backgrounds. The increased tolerance and cross-cultural dialogue that result from these interactions are beneficial for civil society.”

Teaching about religious diversity is important in today’s classroom

“… I recommend weaving religious diversity into lessons, such as lessons about world leaders,” she said. “Don’t talk about Gandhi without mentioning he was a Hindu and that his faith was important and don’t talk about Martin Luther King Jr. without mentioning he was a Christian minister and that his faith was important to what he did, just as you would talk about any other cultural aspect of a person, such as family background or ethnicity.”

Preparing for Cultural Diversity: Resources for Teachers

Professional Development: Climate, Strategies and Reflective

Diversity Toolkit: Race and Ethnicity


The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea, Robert Wald Sussman

What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy, Robin DiAngelo

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Debby Irving

One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out About What’s Gotten Better… and What Hasn’t — “a recommendation for us to learn from the narratives of our LGBT colleagues” , Kevin Jennings, ed.

Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson

Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, Kenji Yoshino

 Parent & Student Resources
Articles & Essays

The Realities of Raising a Kid of a Different Race
5 Tips For Talking About Racism with Kids

Book Lists

11 Children’s Books That Teach Inclusion

7 [Children’s] Books That Teach About Diversity

Books for Kids About Inclusion and Acceptance

Books for Kids That Address Homelessness

Books for Kids That Address Immigration

Books for Kids That Address Oppression/Repression

Books Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Culture

Stories About Jewish Spirituality/Religion

16 Books to Celebrate Inclusion


Firebird by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Christopher Myers: this book perfectly captures American Ballet Theater dancer Misty Copeland’s movement and energy as she inspires young children to be who they want to be.

Please, Louise by Toni Morrison and Slade Robinson, illustrated by Shandra Strickland: inspired by Toni Morrison’s experience in libraries, this books follows a young girl as she falls in love with books and reading on a rainy day at the library.