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LRES Community and Culture Corner: March Edition - Celebrating Desi South Asian Culture

Updated: Apr 8


LRES Bulletin Board - DEI Committee

During March, we celebrate Women’s History Month and highlight the contributions and celebrations of our Desi Community. 


In celebration of Women’s History Month, LRES students showcased their artistic skills by drawing women and girls who inspire them.


A sample on the bulletin board tells us they are motivated by their moms and grandmothers, women from history, such as Dr. Mae Jemisen, the first Black woman astronaut… and, of course, Taylor Swift.


The bulletin boards in the cafeteria are filled with pictures of strong and courageous women from history to help them see diverse women leaders in many fields.


Research shows that people who are exposed to women leaders (even just learning about them) hold fewer stereotypes about women as a group (Dasgupta & Angari, 2004).


We hope our LRES students will grow up to achieve their aspirations without gender limitations!


We are also celebrating our Desi community members. Desi is the Sanskrit word meaning “country” and refers to people, cultures, and products from the wonderfully rich and unique countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan. We highlighted notable people, such as Malala Yousefsai and Mahatma Gandhi.

LRES Bulletin Board - DEI Committee
Celebrating Desi South Asian Culture

Check out this newsletter to learn more about these cultures, people, and celebrations. Encourage your students to pick up an activity sheet to help them strengthen their geography skills while they learn about these influential people and places. 


The LRES PTA DEI Committee is committed to making our school a more welcoming and inclusive place for all students, families, and staff. We believe every child deserves to feel safe, respected, and valued.


We acknowledge the sensitivity of cultural work and topics. This is a continuous learning journey for everyone involved, and our aim is not to offend. If you have constructive feedback on our initiatives, please feel free to contact us.  


We hope you join us on this journey to create a more equitable and inclusive school for all.


If you have authentic, engaging, and interactive material about upcoming featured culture dates you’d like to share with our committee and the LRES community, please email us at dei@laurelridgeelementary.com.

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