Letter: Artist to hold another diversity talk

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Hearst Connecticut Media

To the Editor:

Last week, several parents of elementary school students requested that the Board of Education make more extensive efforts to teach kids about how to handle cases of bigotry and to make schools more inclusive.

In response, superintendent Dr. Alan Addley responded, “I’m proud to say that the board’s recently adopted “Vision Mission Values and Goals,” specifically identified the importance of fostering a school culture that promotes integrity, diversity, inclusion and respect. This will be an ongoing challenge and focus for the schools.”

I would like to applaud the parents’ courage and support the Board of Education. Christopher Tranberg, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, stated further that “when it comes to equity work, it’s really important that a district develops their language as a community, as to how they’re going to talk about equity, because there are many different ways and approaches, and there is a foundation and a common understanding that we have to build.”

I totally agree with Mr. Tranberg. As I have insisted, that diversity is important not only for minorities but for everybody in Darien and for our future. A town-wide effort is necessary in order to promote diversity and inclusion. I will organize the second “Meet the Artist — Diversity Talk” on Thursday, May 20 at 8 p.m. via Zoom. If you are interested and haven’t signed up for our email list, please contact me at nobu.artist@gmail.com Bring your own drink, sit back and relax and let’s talk.

Nobu Miki