Welcome to the Willard Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Information Page! 

For the last year, several Willard parents have been working on supporting the Willard community through the Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee.  They organized an author visit for Courtney Carbone, who spoke about representation in books for children and the importance of recognizing and embracing differences.  The current two chairs are Kima D'anjou and Miyuki Tsukada and they will be the Co-chairs for the next school year and we look forward to their ideas.  If you are interested in being part of the committee or have some ideas on what you would like to see, we would love to hear from you! 


Mission Statement

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) committee is a Willard parent volunteer group that serves to enhance the overall education experience by cultivating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive school environment. This allows for each child to experience success in learning at Willard Elementary.  The DEI committee is committed to representing Willard’s core values by working collaboratively with the Principal, HSA, and our local community, to support each child in fully achieving his or her learning potential.  This is work that intersects with all aspects of childhood growth and our interactions and representations reflect that nature. 

Current Co-Chairs: Kima D'Anjou, Miyuki Tsukada



Books Window/Mirror Books for Students


1. We Are Water Protectors  by Carole Lindstrom. Illustrated by Michaela Goade Roaring Brook

2.  Eyes That Kiss In The Corners by Joanna Ho. Illustrated by Dung Ho HarperCollin

3. Drawn Together by Minh Le. Illustrated by Dan Santat 

4. Aru Shah and the End of Time (4-5th grade) by Roshani Chokshi 

5. Hicotea: A Nightlights Storyby Lorena Alvarez 

6. The Day You Begin (K-3rd Grade)    by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by Rafael López

7.  Shaped By Her Hands (K-3rd Grade)    by Anna Harber Freeman & Barbara Gonzales, Illustrated by Aphelandra

8. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (K-3rd Grade)    by John Steptoe

9. The Girl With a Mind for Math: TheStory of Raye Montague (Grade 2 - Grade 5)    by Julia Finley Mosca, Illustrated by Daniel Rieley

10. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (Grade 2 - Grade 5)    by Chris Barton

11. Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thomkins Bigelow Illustrated by Luisa Uribe 

12. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi


Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Exhibit curated by Grace Lin 

“Asians, Everyday”

Willard has partnered with Lee & Low Books and they have a wonderful line up of books for young readers, check them out here.


What have your children read recently that gave you an a-ha moment or that got your child thinking?  We'd love to hear about it! 


Want to learn more or looking for resources?  


See them here: 

AAPI Letter 3.24.21 

Other Resources: Travell DEI Committee Tab - Check out their Black American Historical Contribution Slides!


Did you know that our Ridgewood Library has a section for Social Justice?  Check them out here.