September DEI Digest

It’s only September, and this school year is already packed with programming from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We kicked off Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month with a schoolwide celebration featuring a special reception for Latinx and Hispanic Families. We also look forward to honoring and observing the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

To launch Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month, Caló Gitano performed at a Lower School assembly. Students sang and danced while learning about the history of Flamenco and Spanish music. Faculty, staff and students also shared about their Hispanic heritage, naming the countries and cultures they represent. Caló Gitano will revisit Pace on Friday, Sept. 23, to host dance lessons for the Middle and Upper Schools in the gardens.

All Pace students will have dedicated time to share and learn about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur on Sept. 23. Rosh Hashanah will begin at sunset on Sept. 25. “Rosh” means “head;” a “Shanah” is a year. When we put the two words together as “Rosh Hashanah,” it means “new year.” The year will soon be 5783 on the Hebrew calendar. Beginning at sunset on Oct. 4, many members of the Pace community will observe Yom Kippur, which means “Day of Atonement.” Yom Kippur is considered the most important day of the Jewish calendar, when people make amends and commit to doing better in the coming year. Ask your students what they learned during their morning assembly!

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, we launched the IONS (In Our Neighbor’s Shoes) parents and caregivers group. IONS is a gathering—facilitated by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion—intended to hold space for authentic conversations and community building. As a school community, we value our partnership with parents and caregivers, and we believe that this partnership contributes to our students’ success. We are looking forward to our next IONS event, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. in the Kam Memar Lower School’s Agami Hertz Conference Room.

As part of a collaboration between the Pace Arts Alliance and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Kishi Bashi will visit Pace. Kishi Bashi will discuss his journey as an Asian-American artist and his experiences as an internationally touring violinist and composer. His award-winning movie, Omoiyari: A songfilm by Kishi Bashi, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March and explores minority identity and the incarceration of Japanese-Americans in and after World War II. His visit will consist of assemblies in all three divisions and a Community Presentation on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Knights Hall. 

Our year is just getting started, and we are looking forward to continuing to deliver quality programming to all community members. We have so much in store for you, and we are excited to connect with you all year!

Sincerely,

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion