Equity and Diversity

 

“In order to empathize with someone’s experience you must be willing to believe them as they see it and not how you imagine their experience to be” – Brene Brown

A CALL TO ACTION

School Support and Improvement, we will lead with equity. We want to reaffirm and reinforce our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion given current events that highlight persistent racial biases in our society. We are committed to listening, learning and taking action to ensure we are addressing inequities in ourselves, our services and systems.

 

OUR SHARED CORE VALUE OF EQUITY

Our role is to support LEA and schools to develop systems and structures ensuring success for ALL students. We know that we must intentionally create dialogue and take appropriate action to support schools in addressing inequities and developing high quality, equitable environments that are inclusive of ALL students. We cannot expect each and every Black, Latinx, Native and Indigenous, and marginalized Asian child to thrive academically and reach their full potential if they are not being nurtured and supported in the most fundamental ways and that includes personal safety, and social, emotional, and mental well-being. We believe we have a collective responsibility to transform and create equitable systemic changes so ALL students in Arizona can thrive.

 

OUR COMMITMENTS TO ACHIEVING EQUITY

CONTINUOUSLY LEARN:

We continuously learn and examine our own biases, systemic inequities and practices to develop a culture that honors equity, inclusion and diversity.

COURAGEOUSLY DISCUSS:

We endeavor to have tough, open and honest dialogue to advocate for necessary changes to provide the positive student outcomes for ALL students.

HONESTLY ENGAGE:

We commit to actively empower educators to engage in systemic changes to eliminate organizational biases and improve outcomes for ALL students across Arizona.

OPENLY SHARE:

We agree to take ownership and responsibility for providing resources to build a positive, anti-racist and inclusive environment.

We challenge you to stand with us to create equity for ALL students in Arizona. Here are some strategies and resources to help start the conversation and create systemic change. Each LEA and school should use these resources to support best practices.

Our web page may provide links to third-party sites that have already started this work and have developed tools and resources.