Month of Understanding (MOU) is an annual January tradition at Urban. Members of the MultiCulti leadership team organize, coordinate and facilitate a month of panels, films, speakers and forums for the entire community. We’ll highlight MOU activities here throughout the month.
Among other events during opening week (January 10), MOU featured a Cross the Line activity, a tabouli making/tasting workshop with the leaders of MENA (Middle Eastern/North African affinity space), and our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day all-school meeting, and featuring Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing, one of the core books in our 9th grade English course.
During the week of January 18, student affinity groups Financial Aid and Socio-Economic Status (FASES) and Students for Women's Equality and Rights (SWEAR) will host a joint event about the intersections between access to abortion and wealth; Jew Crew will teach us about Shabbat; Asian/Pacific Islander group (API) will host a panel on immigration; and Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (MESH) will host a panel focusing on racial ambiguity and White passing.
For the week of January 24, lunchtime events include the Learning Difference and Neurodiversity (LDNS) and Students of Color (SOC) groups hosting Dr. Alyson Kaneshiro to discuss the intersectionality of race, class and gender with learning differences. Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) hosts a drag party; Latinx will discuss the language of race; and SWEAR/SOC will host a Women Teachers of Color panel.
For the final week of MOU, the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) affinity group will host a Lunar New Year celebration. For Black History Month, the Black Student Union (BSU) will discuss ways to talk to friends about race. MultiCulti will wrap up MOU with a discussion about gender and fashion. MOU has been so enlightening and we look forward to all of the conversations that these discussions have sparked in your family!
You can learn more about the history of Month of Understanding here.