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The Purpose of the Equity Hour is to highlight the diversity that we have throughout

the district and to promote the diversity and inclusion efforts taking place

county wide monthly with diverse topics and discussions.

The following questions will be asked during the Equity Hour: 

What Haitian icon, leader or cultural tradition has inspired you, past or present and why?

 

What is the relevance of understanding local and geographical Haitian history?

 

What issue in society do you feel impacts Haitians and their descendants the most?

How can you commit to action and change as it relates to the advancement of Haitian peoples in America and around the globe for future generations?

Haitian Heritage Month is a celebration in the United States of Haitian heritage and culture. It was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1998. Haitian Heritage Month is a nationally recognized month and an opportunity for individuals including Haitians and lovers of the Haitian community and culture to

celebrate the rich culture, distinctive art, delicious food and learn the traditions of Haiti, social and political contributions, and its people. The celebration is an expansion of the Haitian Flag Day on May 18th, a major patriotic day celebration in Haiti and the Diaspora created to encourage patriotism.

Invited guest
Evelyn Pierre-

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Haitian Heritage Museum Information
 

Founded in 2004 to commemorate Haiti’s Bicentennial, the Haitian HeritageMuseum (HHM)  is a 501c3 organization that is committed to highlighting and preserving Haiti’s rich culture and heritage globally. Our goal is to provide a cultural Mecca for Little Haiti where individuals outside of our community and within our community boundaries can come to enjoy beautiful Haitian art, historic artifacts, ethnic sounds of Haitian music, view Haitian films and enjoy a collection of Haitian literary works.

 

By providing this platform as a linkage to Haitian Americans all over the Diaspora and educating the public about the phenomenal contributions that Haitians have made as a people, this will in turn create a legacy for future generations of young Haitian Americans.

 

The Haitian Heritage Museum (HHM) was inspired by the need to link all Haitian people in the Diaspora together. HHM will serve as a catalyst for urban revitalization and will inspire community development and participation in Little Haiti. The development will foster the new emerging identity of Little Haiti, which will promote economic growth and urban vitality. This platform will continue to enlighten and enrich South Florida’s rich dynamics of cultural diversity in the arts.

HHM has been in the community for 17 years now! In those 17 years we have showcased over 35 exhibitions, seen over 10,000 students and have created over 100 job opportunities to create culturally relevant partnerships that have benefited Haitians, Haitian-Americans and non-Haitians alike.

The goals for this evening are to:

We will also celebrate the young people on the panel this evening to recognize them as an integral part of our community, to give them the opportunity to speak their truth and to encourage them to continue to engage in community involvement efforts such as this to understand the importance of self and community advocacy.

This is also an opportunity for educators and community stakeholders to engage in culturally responsive action in real time with our youth and acknowledge and affirm the lived experiences of our students.

Lastly, we will engage and learn more about upcoming events celebrating the Haitian Heritage as well as, existing prosocial organizations engaging all students within Broward County Public Schools and the influence of these organizations in our community.

Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders  

Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders (MTL) is a peer-to-peer mentoring and student leadership program that serves youth who are at-risk for not graduating and/or remaining in school. The program aims to decrease dropout rates, particularly among minority males, to ensure successful school graduation. 

MTL is based on the following five pillars: 

Academic Achievement  

Mentoring  

Family Involvement  

Community Support 

Incentives  

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Upcoming Events

Celebrating our Strength

May 17, 2022

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Join us in Celebrating the Proud History of Haiti

African American Research Library and Cultural Center

2650 Sistrunk Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

For more information, contact 754-321-1599

equity hour (virtual event)

May 17, 2022

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Haitian Heritage Equity Hour

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Haitian Heritage Celebration

May 19, 2022

9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Join us in Celebrating Haitian Heritage

African American Research Library and Cultural Center

2650 Sistrunk Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

For more information, contact 754-321-1599

Mentoring Across Broward

Mentoring Across Broward, the District’s comprehensive mentoring initiative, addresses many of the concerns expressed by students, parents, school staff and

community stakeholders who are looking for ways to provide opportunities for all students to benefit from mentoring relationships with caring peers and adults.

Mentoring Across Broward, which operates within the Department of Equity and Diversity, uses a multi-tiered approach to leverage school and community-based

mentoring resources to better serve the needs of students. Youth Mentoring Programs will continue to provide mentoring opportunities for individuals and

organizations to meet one-on-one and in small groups with students on school campuses during the school day.

Women of tomorrow

 

Established in Miami in 1997, the Women of Tomorrow Mentor; Scholarship Program was born out of the belief that caring professional women sharing their knowledge, expertise and support with at-risk and disadvantaged girls can be the catalyst for success by inspiring them to aim higher, by providing them with the skills necessary for personal and professional success – allowing them to find

the strength and determination to transform their lives despite the obstacles stacked against them Women of tomorrow organization partners with local schools to provide mentees with small group monthly mentoring sessions by

highly accomplished professionals, field trip opportunities that may include college visits, and tours of local public service and governmental agencies.

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BCPS Human Relations Council

Human Relation Councils are school based pro-social clubs. Approved by the School Board of Broward County in August 1999, the Human Relation Councils were established in October 1999 to in the secondary schools and centers. Broward is one of the most diverse counties in the nation. The HRC’s have become key mechanisms for the training of students and staff in diversity sensitivity, cultural competence and affording students an opportunity to foster greater intercultural relations and understanding.