Sunday, October 30, 2016

HMS Civil Rights Team

HMS Civil Rights Team

Civil Right's Team advisors, Laura Mike and Charlotte Agell, provided this update about our students' work on this team:

On October 24th, the HMS Civil Rights Team (CRT) attended a training in Portland, with members of other Civil Rights Teams from area middle schools. This training was sponsored by the Office of the Maine Attorney General and was facilitated by Brandon Baldwin. 

The focus of the day was, "What are the right words to use when talking about race, national origin and ancestry, religion, physical and mental disability, gender (including gender identity and expression), and sexual orientation?"  

Students are excited to bring this knowledge back to school, where they have plans to involve the school community in the CRT mission. That mission is to get schools to think and talk about these seven categories that are protected under the Maine Civil Rights Law. By doing so, we hope to help ensure that all students can learn in an environment free of harassment where they feel safe, welcome, and respected. 

Our thanks to this team of students, and to Laura Mike and Charlotte Agell-CRT advisors. 

The Civil Rights Team is always accepting new members, new ideas and input from others.

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