Recognizing American Diversity

The goals of Recognizing American Diversity (RAD) are to recognize, celebrate, and discover diverse perspectives and identities that have historically been underrepresented.  We work from the assumption that everyone benefits and grows from knowing more about one another.  Our Huntley community, and our country, is a collection of identities and beliefs, and we know that any one person rarely identifies with only a single group or identity.

We are complex.  We are diverse.  We are Red Raiders.


October: Individuals with Disabilities


*Please note that the media and activities are generally selected for a high school audience.  

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WATCH: “Moises in Math Class”

WATCH: English Language Learners: Culture, Equity, and Language

READ: “Como Tu / Like You / Like Me” by Richard Blanco

PARTICIPATE: Cooking Lesson with Cooking Lesson with Dr. Rocio del Castillo

LISTEN: LatinxAmerican Spotify playlist

WATCH: Netflix Series: Street Food: Latin America

PARTICIPATE: Argentine Tango Basic Steps via Miriam Leaonardo Tango on YouTube

WATCH: TedTalk- Our fight for disability rights and why we’re not done yet

READ: October is Down Syndrome Acceptance Month

PARTICIPATE: Visit Hugs & Mugs at Gigi’s Playhouse & then sign up to volunteer

WATCH: Netflix Series: Love on the Spectrum

LISTEN: Studies show music can help your mind & body – listen to these 10 songs to boost your mood

READ: What is Mental Illness Awareness Week?

READ: Demi Lovato on Bipolar Disorder

LISTEN: Neurodiversity PodCast Lists

READ: 10 tips for talking to your parents about your mental health

READ: World Mental Health Day: Mental Health in an Unequal World

PARTICIPATE: Be a Local Champion – Learn how to advocate for people with mental illness

READ: The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin

PARTICIPATE: Take the Pledge to be Stigma-Free

READ: Help helps! AND Tips to talking with your doctor

WATCH: The Vocal Adventure

PARTICIPATE: Join the Human Voicebank

READ: People First Language

EXPERIENCE: Check out the “Into the Deep” exhibit at Project Onward

LISTEN: Podcast Series- Exited

WATCH: We’re More Alike Than Different

PARTICIPATE: Register as a Volunteer for Northers Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA)

READ: 20 Must-Read YA Books with Disabled Characters

LISTEN: Live performance of Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t She Lovely”

WATCH: PBS NEWSHOUR: How a camp for disabled children changed lives

WATCH: Netflix Documentary: Crip Camp- A Disability Revolution

PARTICIPATE: No Labels, No Limits Kathy Buckley Event

PARTICIPATE: No Labels, No Limits Kathy Buckley Event

EXPERIENCE: Head to Lambs Farm for Model Train Day

EXPERIENCE: Attend one of the events hosted by Project Onward

PARTICIPATE: Volunteer as a user on the “Be My Eyes” app

READ: Learn about the “Be My Eyes” app

LISTEN: 5 Disability Focused Podcasts Amping Up Inclusive Chatter

READ: 6 Models on Ableism, Visibility, and Personal Style

WATCH: Stutterer – A Short Film

LISTEN: In Their Own Words: How The Americans With Disabilities Act Changed People’s Live

PARTICIPATE: Follow The Neurodivergent Nurse on Instagram.

READ: “Moses Goes to a Concert” – ASL Translation

LISTEN: STORY CORP: Stories for Disability Awareness Month

PARTICIPATE: 5th Annual LETR Trick or Treat 5K Trot to benefit Special Olympics Illinois

WATCH: TEDx- Reflections from an ADA Generation


EXPERIENCE: Check out the “Repeat Repeat Repeat” exhibit at Project Onward

WATCH: The Armless Archer

WATCH: The Silent Child

PARTICIPATE: Follow IG Account: World’s First Supermodel with Down Syndrome

WATCH: TEDx- My philosophy for a happy life

LISTEN: People With Disabilities Face Additional Challenges During The Pandemic

PARTICIPATE: Register as a volunteer for Special Olympics

READ: About Paraorchestra: the world’s only Disabled Orchestra

WATCH/ LISTEN: Paraorchestra supporting Coldplay at 2012 Olympics Closing ceremony

EXPERIENCE: Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask

WATCH: Project 562- Changing the Way WE See Native America

EXPERIENCE: Virtual Indigenous Tour

WATCH: Gather

READ: Need-to-read list of Native American YA Fiction

LISTEN: Toasted Sister Podcast

WATCH/ LISTEN: Sihasin Concert Homegrown Series

READ: the novel, The Night Watchman

WATCH: Six Misconceptions About Native American People

EXPERIENCE: Sky Hopinka: Cloudless Blue Egress of Summer

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*Each month, our shared calendar will highlight voices, ideas, and opportunities to discover more about one another. The content and events identified in the Recognizing American Diversity calendar reflect a variety of positions, values, and beliefs important to the group or individuals being recognized.  We acknowledge that the positions and ideas shared in the engagement opportunities may not always represent the entirety and/or diversity of any given group.  The selected groups have been identified in alignment with existing national recognition opportunities as well as priorities identified by the District’s Equity Action Coalition.  The voices and ideas expressed in the engagement opportunities do not necessarily reflect the attitudes, beliefs, or opinions of District 158, Huntley High School, or the RAD committee.