Posts in Diversity

This section contains resources on a variety of subjects that are related to specific subsets of our population. For example, you will find resources on and about gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, religion, and mental and physical disabilities and challenges. There are also resources about identity development as related to some of these more specific identifiers.

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* Middle School Assembly -CHANGE AGENTS FILM on Microaggressions and other forms of “mean” behavior.
*Ask an Academic: The Secrets of Boys
*Boys and Body Image Tips
*Help your daughter resist the call to be too sexy, too soon
*RIISE: a membership based organization bridging the gaps between families of color and private independent schools
*Coming Out in Middle School
*When Teenagers Question Their Sexuality
*Middle School Survival (Girls)
*Understanding and Raising Boys
*Girls and Friendships

  1. A Line Between Sweet and Skimpy

    [ By on May 13, 2013 ]

    New York Times May 10, 2013 A Line Between Sweet and Skimpy By BRUCE FEILER It first happened to me this spring. My daughters, who had just turned 8, came bounding into the room to show off new outfits they were wearing to an extended-family gathering. My eyes bulged. The dresses drooped provocatively off the shoulder and offered other peekaboos of their bodies. Sure, as a parent, I figured I would one day face clothing battles with my children. Politicians aren’t the only ones who draw red lines. But so soon? As a father, I find these conversations particularly challenging. On the one hand, I’ve internalized all the messages that I should not ...

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  2. Middle School Assembly -CHANGE AGENTS FILM on Microaggressions and other forms of “mean” behavior.

    [ By on March 13, 2013 ]

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  3. When Role Models Fall: Talking to Boys About Heroes Gone Bad: (From Huffpost- PARENTS)

    [ By on January 17, 2013 ]

    When Role Models Fall: Talking to Boys About Heroes Gone Bad                                HuffPost- PARENTS -- Posted: 01/16/2013 10:08 am  By:  Author, research psychologist and gender scholar In my first book, Raising Boys Without Men, I noted the importance of actively seeking out male role models for boys growing up in homes without fathers. But we know that even boys with dads at home benefit from having a variety of personal heroes. That's because boys will pull from the different people in their lives the traits and qualities they need and admire (which is why role models for boys needn't, and shouldn't, be exclusively male). Viable role ...

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  4. Ask an Academic: The Secrets of Boys

    [ By on December 03, 2012 ]

    Ask an Academic: The Secrets of Boys The New Yorker - March 16, 2011 Posted by secrets.jpg In the late nineteen-eighties, Niobe Way worked as a counselor at an urban  public high school, where she spent hours each day listening to teen-agers,  especially boys, speak about their struggles with friendship, betrayal, and  heartbreak. Boys and men are often seen through stereotypes as emotionally  illiterate, stoic, and extremely independent. But that rings a bit false, as Way  remembers, because the boys she worked with were much more complicated. In her new book, “Deep  Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the ...

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  5. [ By on December 03, 2012 ]

    The Threat of Stereotype Joshua Aronson To close the achievement gap, we must address negative stereotypes that suppress student achievement. Not long ago, I was asked to explain why Jews were so rich. I had just accepted an offer to be assistant professor at a large university, and my wife and I, hunting for our new home, were in a restaurant having lunch with the realtor. “I mean it,” the realtor said. “Do you people have some genetic thing that makes you good at making money?” She explained that in her experience, her Jewish clients had the biggest houses and the nicest cars. I bristled. “What do you mean? That's a worn-out stereotype. My wife ...

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  6. Boys and Body Image Tips

    [ By on December 02, 2012 ]

    Boys and Body Image Tips Boys are affected by the media's standards of perfection, too. Help them attain their own ideal -- not someone else's. by Common Sense Media | Feb. 27, 2012 | Physical health Body Image Matters to Boys Advice & Answers Obsessed with their bodies: The new truth for boys Why body image matters for boys Tips for parents of all kids Tips for parents of elementary school kids Tips for parents of middle school kids Tips for parents of high school kids Obsessed with their bodies: The new truth for boys The pursuit of a perfect body is no longer just a "girl" thing. Boys are ...

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  7. Help your daughter resist the call to be too sexy, too soon

    [ By on December 02, 2012 ]

    Too Sexy, Too Soon In our sexed-up society, can a pro-girl movement help your daughter resist the call to be too sexy, too soon? by Caroline Knorr | Feb. 8, 2011 | Sex and violenceConsumerism Advice & Answers In our sexed-up society, can a new pro-girl movement help your daughter resist the call to be too sexy, too soon? Tips for Parents of Young Kids Tips for Parents of Pre-Teens and Teens In our sexed-up society, can a new pro-girl movement help your daughter resist the call to be too sexy, too soon? They're spray tanned. They're body waxed. They're wearing high heels in kindergarten. And increasingly in the ...

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  8. RIISE: a membership based organization bridging the gaps between families of color and private independent schools

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

    RIISE Our commitment is to support a diverse community in private independent schools, and to give voice to parents and students of color as they navigate the landscape of an independent school education. Parents and students can have powerful effects on their school communities helping to ensure positive outcomes. What does RIISE stands for? Resources In Independent School Education. RIISE empowers families of color and private independent schools to build networks and bridge the gap through a vibrant community built on a digital platform supported with live events. Our parent-centric community focuses on encouraging and empowering families with resources and tools to become their own advocates while they navigate the private independent school landscape. RIISE does ...

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  9. Coming Out in Middle School

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

    THE SCHOOL ISSUE: JUNIOR HIGH Coming Out in Middle School By BENOIT DENIZET-LEWIS Published: September 23, 2009 Austin, a gay 13-year-old from Oklahoma Austin didn’t know what to wear to his first gay dance last spring. It was bad enough that the gangly 13-year-old from Sand Springs, Okla., had to go without his boyfriend at the time, a 14-year-old star athlete at another middle school, but there were also laundry issues. “I don’t have any clean clothes!” he complained to me by text message, his favored method of communication... Link to the full article:

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  10. When Teenagers Question Their Sexuality

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

      When Teenagers Question Their Sexuality New York Times  Health -- Thursday, November 29, 2012 This week on the Consults blog, the psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Fishberger of the Trevor Project is taking readers’ questions about anxiety, depression, bullying and suicide prevention in L.G.B.T.Q. (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) youth. Several readers had questions about young people who were questioning their sexual orientation.Consults - New York Times Blog Link to full artcile

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