The Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office announced the ALAANA Multicultural Reading Initiative. ALAANA is an acronym for African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American, and the initiative’s intent is to capture the voices of humanity that are sometimes silenced in history books and in popular literature.
One of the goals of the Racial Equity Office is to ensure all student voices are heard through a variety of mediums. The office believes it’s imperative to value students’ lived experiences and recognize the importance of their voices being expressed in art, literature and film.
The first engagement of this initiative will be a collaboration with Dallas ISD STEM Department and the Environmental Science Center. All students that participate in a field trip to the center will receive culturally relevant fiction and non-fiction books.
There will be a number of engagements for the ALAANA Multicultural Reading Initiative, with the hopes of inspiring students, parents, faculty and staff.