May 10, 2019

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee holds 4th Meeting

Meeting #4 - May 8, 2019

Welcome & Introductions

Superintendent Graden introduced Amy Tesolin who has vast experience leading and facilitating discussions with various groups.

Ms. Tesolin introduced herself and explained her background. We spent some time discussing the importance of facilitation and consensus building.

  • You don’t have to 100% agree with a decision, but you need to be able to live by it.
  • It’s important to address conflict and discuss it.
  • We have to be open to the idea of building consensus
  • A facilitator’s role in consensus building would not be to chair the meeting, it would be to facilitate the process so everyone has a voice and is involved in the process
  • A facilitator helps manage the power dynamics in a group

Developing Working Definitions - Diversity, Inclusion, Equity

Worked on crafting the Charge and the Mission Statement for the Committee

Defining the Charge of the DEI Committee

  • Through continuing education, develop a clear definition of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as it relates to the Saline Area School community; and
  • Advocate for a culturally inclusive curriculum and a safe and supportive environment for SAS students and staff

The Mission Statement for the DEI Committee

In alignment with the SAS Mission and Vision, we commit to fostering an educational community where every member feels welcomed, heard, valued and respected. Using best practices in education, collaboration, and sound reasoning, we encourage personal growth within all individuals in our community and an educational environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI).

By Diversity, we mean…embracing, honoring and celebrating the wide array of differences within us including, but not limited to: race, age, sex, body type, gender expression, gender identity, color, socioeconomic class, ethnicity, language, culture, sexual orientation, nation of origin/citizenship, religion/spirituality, and dis (ability) - still working to determine how this term should be listed

By Equity, we mean…ensuring fairness within our educational community and addressing the inequalities that may exist with our historically marginalized communities. Each and EVERY member in our educational community will have the opportunity, resources, and support to thrive and grow.

By Inclusion, we mean encouraging, promoting, and sustaining a true sense of belonging and empowerment for each and every member of our educational community, especially those who are historically marginalized.

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Communication

Discussed creating an even more visible format for posting information about our DEI work so the community has greater access to it.

Discussed the format of the May 21st Community Conversation and seeking some members of the DEI Committee to participate in sharing this information


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Future Meeting Schedule

Community Conversation: May 21st

Tuesday, June 4th  (Possible Change)

Examine Policy, Practice, Discipline related to racial/social identity,

Wednesday, August 14th

Tuesday, September 17th

Wednesday, October 16th

Tuesday, November 19th

Wednesday, December 4th

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Misc. Updates

Needs Assessment

Focus Group Report

Raising Ryland Video

Leading Together/Following the Lead of Teachers of Color.