Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Resources

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Here's what's happening this month:
Black History Month - All of February

Chinese New Year - February 1

World Day of Social Justice - February 20
Art Connections

Artist Alma Woodsey Thomas is an abstract artist who studied color. She was the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art.  


Artist Derrick Adams is a current artist creating work that references patterns, images, and themes of Black culture in America. 

Artist Sam Gilliam is a color field painter who got started in the 1960's and introduced the idea of the unsupported canvas.

Books available at the Royle Library

Black History Month

The Day You Begin 
Woodson, Jacqueline
Grades K-5: Fiction/Realistic, Picture Book

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

When Marian sang: the true recital of Marian Anderson the voice of a century
Ryan, Pam Muñoz 
Grades 3-5: Non-Fiction/Biography, Picture Book

An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.

Trombone Shorty
Andrews, Troy
Grades K-5: Non-Fiction/Autobiography, Picture Book

New Orleans jazz musician Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews tells the story of how he got his nickname and his start in jazz music.

Barton, Chris, Picture Book
Grades 2-5: Non-Fiction/Biography/STEM

A biography of Lonnie Johnson, an engineer at NASA who is best known for inventing the Super Soaker water gun.

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
Shetterly, Margot Lee
Grades 2-5: Non-Fiction/STEM

This book brings to life the stories of a group of dedicated African-American female mathematicians, known as human computers, who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

Allen, Elise  
Grades 3-5: Fiction/Fantasy

When magic and other potentially magical beings, such as twins, are outlawed in Kaloon, royal twin sisters Flissa and Sara pretend to be one princess until dark magic puts their mother's life in danger. 

The Jumbies
Baptiste, Tracey 
Grades 3-5: Fiction/Fantasy/Folklore

Eleven-year-old Corinne La Mer must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.

Lunar New Year

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities and Recipes.
Grades 2-5: Non-Fiction
Simonds, Nina
Presents background information, related tales, and activities for celebrating five Chinese festivals--Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival, Qing Ming, the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Moon Festival.

Wang, Andrea
Grades 2-5: Fiction/Realistic, Picture Book

Embarrassed about gathering watercress from a roadside ditch, a girl learns to appreciate her Chinese heritage after learning why the plant is so important to her parents.
*Watercress is the winner of the 2022 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star
Lin, Grace
Grades K-2: Fiction, Picture Book

Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a big moon cookie and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.

The Empty Pot
Grades K-5: Fiction/Folklore, Picture Book

When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.

The Race for the Chinese Zodiac
Wang, Gabrielle
Grades K-5: Fiction/Folklore, Picture Book

A retelling of the legendary animals' race that led to the twelve signs on the Chinese Zodiac.

The Year of the Dog
Lin, Grace,
Grades 3-5: Fiction/Realistic

Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.

DPS Strategic Plan and DEI 

  • A vote to proceed with a budget transfer to pay for DEI Consultant Ken Shelton's continued work in 2022 passed 6 to 3 at the January 25 BoE Meeting
  • Tuesday February 1: Special Board of Ed meeting -
    • Public Hearing on Superintendent's Proposed Budget that will include speeches back to Board of Education re: public sentiment for budget topics presented and add/cut recommendations made at the January 25 BoE Meeting (beginning at 1:57:00) including:
      • Cuts of the consultant line items RC16 and RC19 from Superintendent's budget. This includes future DEI consultant work and Equitable Instructional Practices Professional Development
      • Reduction of Superintendent's salary by 10%
      • Descriptions of these items are found on Pages 6-9 of the February 1 Meeting Materials
  • Tuesday February 8: Board of Ed Meeting - Voting to finalize the Superintendent's Budget.

Middlesex Middle School

Darien United initiative launched by Art Darien, YWCA Darien/Norwalk, Darien YMCA, and Darien Library. Community members are asked to participate by signing the pledge.
Parent Resources
The American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards this week and many of the award winners include diverse titles that our families might find interesting and helpful.

Here's a list of the books that Darien Library has available if you're interested in checking them out! 
Reading, Listening, or Watching Ideas for Adults:

Ragetime offers ongoing helpful resources across a wide variety of topics.
You can follow @RagetimeCT on Instagram and check out the Resources page on their website.
Royle PTO, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee
We welcome your ideas and resource suggestions to support our parent community as we embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion together. You can reach out to us at