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October DEI Digest

As the war in Israel and Gaza continues to unfold, we know that members of our community—students, parents and caregivers, faculty and staff—are fearful, angry and hurting. 

During this difficult time, we continue to care for our Pace family. Over the past three weeks, we have been holding space for students and faculty/staff to gather and share their perspectives and their grief, and we are in conversation with local leaders to understand how we can best support all members of our school community during this crisis and going forward. As we listen to and learn from each other, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office and/or counseling team should you or your students need additional support. 

Oct. 26: Join the IONs Conversation

We hope that you will join us for the second installment of In Our Neighbors’ Shoes (IONS), a monthly community-building group for parents and caregivers across all three divisions. We are excited to continue the conversation with the next IONS meeting scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. This month’s topic is The Parent Voice: Conversations that guide and model expectations and climate around inclusion.

Honoring Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month

Thanks to all those who helped Pace campus come alive during Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month! Students across divisions enjoyed performances and workshops with Caló Gitano, a local dance company; chowed down on delicious Latinx foods; participated in student-led assemblies and classroom activities; and crafted papel picado, traditional folk art made of colorful tissue paper, and sugar skulls, symbols used to celebrate Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Lower School students took part in The Pulsera Project for the 10th consecutive year, and the month concluded with a gathering of the Pace Latinx and Hispanic communities in the Kam Memar Lower School’s Gandhi Hall. We hope you’ll take a minute to view this video in which students, faculty and staff reflect on the month. 

Celebrating Diwali

The school-wide celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, will take place on campus on Friday, Nov. 10. Students in all divisions learn about the holiday’s origins and traditions in student-led assemblies, and Pace families will help bring the Gardens to life with food, music, sari draping, henna and more.