DIPI Purchases Diversity Resources for Murney Clinic

Each year funds are allotted to support the enhancement of cultural diversity resources across the curriculum at the Forest Institute.

Some examples are the DIPI speakers brought to campus each semester and books and films purchased for the library.

This past fiscal year, Forest had the funds to aid the growth of the culturally diverse toy inventory that includes toys, books, and costumes at the Robert J. Murney Clinic.

Also purchased with these funds is the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fourth Edition-Spanish (WISC®-IV Spanish). Follow the link to read more about the WISC-IV


Third year student, Frankie Mena, explained that she went to Dr. Kristina Brown and expressed a need for a more culturally diverse repertoire of toys for the children to work with at the clinic. She explained that upon her suggestion, Dr. Brown made the purchases a reality.

The following books were recently purchased with the DIPI funds:

  • "It's Okay To Be Different”
  • "The Family Book”
  • "Don’t Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability”
  • "A Rainbow of Friends"
  • "My Princess Boy"
  • "Daddy, Papa, and Me"
  • "Mommy, Mama, and Me"    
  • "What It Is to Be Me!: An Asperger Kid Book"
  • "All Dogs Have ADHD"
  • "Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes"
  •  "Melissa & Doug Children of the World Floor 48-Piece Floor Puzzle"
  •  "Masai and I" "Fly Away Home"
  • "Matthew's Dream"
  • "I Love Saturdays y Domingos (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended (Awards))"
  •  "Black, White, Just Right!"
  •  "All for the Better: A Story of El Barrio”
  • "Rainbow Fish Big Book"
  • "Abuela's Weave"
  • "Frederick (Spanish language)”
  • "Rainbow Fish Storybook and Finger Puppet”   
The following costumes were recently purchased:
  • "Multi-Ethnic Ceremonial Costume - African American Girl"
  •  "Multi-Ethnic Ceremonial Costume - Hispanic Boy"   
The following toys were recently purchased:
  • African-American Family (6 dolls)
  • Princess Melissa
  • Multi-Ethnic Pretend Families (32 figures!)
  •  Bundle of Babies
  • Toob Friends With Diverse Abilities
  • Asian Pretend Play Teenagers (X2)
  • Hispanic Pretend Play Teenagers
  • African-American Pretend Teenagers