More Activities from 2019
Kevin Locke Performs at Local Schools
We were inspired by Kevin Locke's presentations at schools in Yakima and Wapato in November. He is shown here performing at an all-school assembly in Union Gap, and speaking with a kindergarten class later that day.
Kevin is Lakota Sioux, a traditional hoop dancer, storyteller, National Heritage Fellow, master flute artist, and indigenous cultural ambassador, having performed around the world---including concerts for Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. His program included Indigenous flute music and sign language, prayer songs in the Lakota language, story telling and a traditional hoop dance---a choreographed prayer that we may all be restored to wholeness and well-being; physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, both as individuals and all of humankind---a message humanity is in increasing need of hearing! For a short video from the performance, click here.
We had a great summer afternoon in the park for Yakima's celebration of National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs. Pictured are UnityWorks booth staffers Patricia Ritchie, Randie Gottlieb, Heather Hudson, and McGruff the Crime Dog (courtesy of the Yakima Police Dept). The booth also featured a "Unity in Diversity" coloring activity for kids.
Zonta Women's Club
UnityWorks was pleased to offer the keynote address at the Yakima Zonta Club's annual luncheon held in honor of scholarship recipient, Gabriela Sanchez, being introduced here by Zonta President, Joddi-Jay Babcock. The June event also marked Zonta International’s 100-year anniversary of working to empower women worldwide.
Gabriela recently graduated from White Swan High School on the Yakama Nation Reservation, where she was valedictorian, class president, editor of the yearbook, and captain of the volleyball team! She believes in the critical role of education and the need to empower women---especially those from immigrant and minority communities who are often left behind. Gabriela plans to become a teacher so she might continue to serve her community.
The presentation concluded with everyone singing “With Two Wings,” with the kind assistance of Zonta members Debbie and Deby. The song demonstrates that we all need each other to fly: click here to listen.
Cal State University, Northridge
In September, we were invited to give a two-hour overview of UnityWorks for the Dean and faculty at
the California State University School of Education in Northridge. CSUN is the largest provider of professional development for the L.A. Unified School District.
UnityWorks sponsored a free “Talk to a Doc” booth at the Skid Row Carnival of Love in January. The event was held in downtown L.A. Pictured are Dr. Jonathan Gottlieb (booth organizer and emergency medicine physician) and medical student Borna Vajdi. Thank you both for your selfless service to the community!
Solarity Credit Union
UnityWorks presented an interactive training on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Solarity Credit Union's entire leadership team at their corporate headquarters this Spring. Topics included: dimensions of diversity, race and culture, stereotypes in society today, understanding prejudice, microaggressions, colorblindness, unconscious bias, and intent vs. impact. We applaud Solarity's commitment to continuous improvement in these essential areas. Photo: Solarity CEO Mina Worthington with Randie Gottlieb from UnityWorks.
Hoover Elementary School
Following our UnityWorks training for teachers in August, students at Hoover Elementary School created personal posters, which they then shared with their classes. This activity was used to help create a welcoming and inclusive community at the start of the school year.