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Ohio 4-H Equity

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In February, Ohio 4-H focused on equity, with resources for families and volunteers  that help ensure our programs and activities are open and welcoming to all. The True Leaders in Equity team developed weekly activities and conversation prompts, an online challenge to discover Ohio sites that explores the diversity in our state, social media posts, reading lists for youth of all ages and more. Each week featured a different theme; we invite you to join us to learn something new, share an experience, and explore equity to make the best better for Ohio 4-H. #4hequity

Week Four: Don't Dis My Ability: Disability Awareness

Meet Pickaway County 4-H'er Avalon Havan as she introduces this week's Ohio 4-H Equity Month topics. It's all about equity and inclusion for those with disabilities.

Where in Ohio?

Where in Ohio disabilities

Read All About It!


My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete, Denene Millner

Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor, Rafael Lopez

The Deaf Musicians By Christie Seeger 

Middle School

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

High School

The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen

At Home Challenge: DIsability Awareness

Challenge #1:  Are your county’s fairgrounds accessible? 

Not all fairgrounds are created equal, at least not for people with disabilities. Have you ever considered the challenges of navigating your fairgrounds in a wheelchair? Even if the buildings have ramps to the entrances and automated doors, some counties simply aren’t as flat as others. Other issues might be the height of vendor windows (how high must you reach for a funnel cake?), restroom access, and navigating barns where straw in the paths might affect wheelchair access.  

Think about your own fairgrounds and Junior Fair building and visualize navigating them in a wheelchair. Share observations, both positive and challenging, in the chat or at your next club meeting. 

Challenge #2:Understanding Hidden Disabilities

Try this webquest to see how much you know about hidden disabilities.


Week Three: Gender and Sexuality

4-H'ers Angelina and Maya introduce week three of Ohio 4-H Equity Month.

Where in Ohio?

Where in Ohio?

Where in OHio

"Caracole" is from the Spanish word for "snail shell." Angelina and Maya are back in this video along with Tony Staubach, Hamilton County 4-H Educator and Megan Green from Caracole in Cincinnati. Learn about their work in cmmunity, diversity and public health.

Diversity DYK!

Diversity DId you know

Diversity DId you know

Read All About It!


Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman

Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Laura Cornell

Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman

Middle School

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woods

The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy

High School

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson

At Home Challenge: Gender and Sexuality

Gender Stereotypes in the Toy Section 

The next time you visit the toy section at the store or online, pay attention to how the section and toys reinforce what it means to be a boy or girl. What did you see? How might the toys be suggesting what a boy or girl should act like or enjoy doing? What toys and games are “girl” toys? What toys and games are “boy” toys? Why? What would you change? How can you and others work together to counteract some of these ideas about gender? 

Some vocabulary: 

gender [jen-dur] (noun) refers to the social roles, behaviors and traits that a society may assign to men (masculine) or to women (feminine) 

stereotype [STER-ee-oh-tahyp]
 (noun) an overly simple picture or opinion of a person, group or thing 


Week Two: Race and Ethnicity

Meet Muhammad Al-Garawi from Summit County as he introduces the second week of Ohio 4-H Equity Month.

Where in Ohio?

Where in Ohio

Where in Ohio

Imani Scruggs, 4-H professional from Cuyahoga County and Nathan Motta, Artistic Director at the Dobama Theatre talk about Dobama and how they strive to emphasize equity, inclusivity and social justice in their work.

Did You Know!

Diversity did you know

Did you know

Read All About It!

Take a look at this week's selections focused on race and ethnicity for readers in elementary, middle and high school.


I Am Enough Hardcover by Grace Byers, illlustrated by Keturah A. Bobo 

The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin, illustrated by Grace Lin

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frane Lessac

Middle School

Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki, illustrated by Dom Lee

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz

High School

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson 

My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson

Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

At Home Challenge: Race and Ethnicity

Take a look at the Learning Labs and other online resources that are available through the National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the Smithsonian Institute. Spend some time exploring prominent events in history, as well as some you may not have heard about.  

Try out this and other quizzes related to Black History Month:

And find a Hispanic heritage quiz here.

Week One: Belief Systems

4-H member Sydney Fannin from Warren County from kicks off Ohio 4-H Equity Month and introduces this week's topic.

A Conversation about Islam with Dr. Samina Sohail of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati and Steve Brady, 4-H Educator in Warren County.

Where in Ohio?

Each week we'll post clues about a location in Ohio that relates to the topic of the week. Watch for the clues here and on the Ohio 4-H Facebook pageThe big reveal will come each Friday with video highlights from the week!

Week One: Belief Systems

Ohio 4-H Equity Month-where in Ohio

Where in Ohio mosque in southwest Ohio

A Conversation about Islam with Dr. Samina Sohail of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati and Steve Brady, 4-H Educator in Warren County.

Did You Know!

Did you know-beliefs

Did you know beliefs

Read All About It!

Books are a great way to introduce young children and beginning readers to the diversity in our world. Here's a book list for the first week to learn more about different belief systems.
Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco

Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi

Fauja Singh Keeps Going by Simran Jeet Singh and BaljinderKaur

Middle School
Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

High School
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams

Man's Search for Meaning: A Young Adult Edition by Viktor E. Frankl

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

At Home Challenge: Beliefs

Visit this site at the  British Library  to explore stories from six world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.  

Spend some time perusing one or two of these sacred texts. After investigating the sacred text and stories, create a summary noting leading characters as well as moral and historical references. In addition, you can also jot down quotations from the sacred texts to share with others. 

Note: As a modification to this activity, explore some religious traditions not listed here (e.g., Daoism, Shinto, unaffiliated Pagans, Sufism, Wicca, etc.). 

Source: Teaching Tolerance