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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Initiative

Listening to the voices of our community in an equity-informed manner compels us to act with urgency to hasten work on our Multi-Year Strategic Plan priorities for 2019-2023 that address issues of systemic racism in a proactive, capacity-building, and systematic way.  

The division has been in dialogue with Equity Matters – a coalition of Indigenous and racialized/newcomer organizations, along with groups that work with oppressed communities – for some time and was inspired by the group’s recommendations to see greater equity in public education. Based on dialogue with equity-seeking groups and the broader community LRSD serves, the division has launched its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Anti-Racism Initiative. Its operating goals for 2021-2023 include the following priorities:  

  1. Bring together students, staff, and families to co-create initiatives to address issues of systemic racism in a proactive, capacity-building, and systematic way​ 
  2. Develop and implement an Equity and Anti-Racism Policy and action plan to ​ 
    • address the systemic barriers faced by students, staff, and families from Indigenous, racialized, and marginalized communities ​ 
    • eliminate disparities in achievement and wellbeing of students from Indigenous, racialized, and marginalized communities ​ 
  3. Develop and implement an on-going equity-based curriculum review process to emphasize decolonization​ by diversifying the design of materials, content, and assessments  
  4. Develop and implement a multi-year equity-based professional learning plan focused on  
    • anti-racism/anti-oppression education 
    • trauma-informed reconciliation and restorative practices​ 
  5. Develop and implement an employment equity policy and action plan​ 
  6. Continue to expand and improve equity-based outcome data collection and analysis including​ 
    • regular self-identification census of students and staff to develop an equity-based profile of the LRSD​ 
    • collection, analysis and reporting of ​
      • disaggregated student data (gender, grade, Indigeneity, race, disability, sexual orientation)​ 
      • student discipline (suspensions, etc.)​ 
      • student absenteeism​ 
  7. Start an annual equity accountability reporting commitment to measure efforts to​
    • address disparities in students’ achievement and wellbeing based on disaggregated BIPOC demographic data ​
    • audit policies, protocols, programs, and practices
    • measure employment equity efforts​
  8. Establish a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Services Team to champion the work of addressing barriers such as systemic racism in a proactive, capacity-building, and systematic way including:​ 
    • implementation of an external equity audit and systems review setting targets for both employment and student equity ​ 
    • annual reporting to promote transparency and accountability of outcomes​ 

I know this is an audacious plan; however, as we move into the final 24 months of our four-year Multi-Year Strategic Plan, it is important to lay a strong foundation as we work toward these collective goals. I look forward to sharing regular updates on the progress of the DEI and Anti-Racism Initiative in the coming weeks and months.    

Christian Michalik, Superintendent  


 
 
 
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