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Hamilton IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) brings the Hamilton community together to support one another in raising kids who think critically about the wider world and issues of social justice. 

Come see what IDEA is all about, and help us shape Hamilton’s newest parent group!

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Join us for our first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 25th at 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Library! 

Meetings in 2019/20

This year, we will continue our practice of meeting in the Hamilton library on the 4th Wednesday of most months from 6-8 p.m. Please save the following dates for meetings: 
September 25
October 23
November 21 (due to the Thanksgiving holiday, this meeting is on the 3rd Thursday)
January 22
February 26
March 25
May 27
Child care will be available during the meetings; we just ask that you let us know if you are planning to bring your child(ren). 
Book selection
We are excited to announce the selection of a book that will anchor our monthly discussions for the first half of the year. Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, and Identity was written by two young women who traveled the country after graduating high school to collect the personal stories of people of all backgrounds, races, and identities. It's a wonderful resource for spurring conversation and inspiring empathy. We hope you'll pick up a copy, or we will have extras for interested folks to borrow. 

IDEA Resources

“The worst conversation adults can have with kids about race is no conversation at all,” says author Jemar Tisby. Watch this short animated video from The Atlantic to learn why.

Check out this list of recommended Native children’s literature.

Click here for brief essays by Native authors on their perspectives on Columbus Day and Thanksgiving.

The American Indian Center, based in Chicago, is a leading American Indian cultural and community resource. Explore their site for events and resources.

The Code Switch: School Daze podcast episode explores the complexities of talking about race in a school setting and the importance of establishing norms to help guide fruitful conversations. Listen to it here. 
For one parent’s honest approach to a child’s questions about race, view  “Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk?”, a Tedx talk by author, psychologist, and academic Beverly Daniel Tatum.