Listening sessions: Henrico Schools seeks community input on equity

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Henrico, Va., April 13, 2018 – Henrico Schools’ new Office of Equity and Diversity wants to hear from members of the community. Monica Manns, the office’s new director, will hold listening sessions at five Henrico County Public Library locations in late April and early May to hear residents’ ideas about equity and diversity in the school division.

“I appreciate all the community support and feedback around these issues that I’ve heard so far,” Manns said. “These sessions will be a chance for me to listen further and learn more. If we identify themes emerging from the talks, those will be possible areas of focus for the Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee.”

The application process for the new advisory committee is in the planning stages; it will be comprised of students, parents, staff and community members. More information will be forthcoming.

The sessions will begin with an introduction and an update on the advisory committee. The bulk of the time will be for reserved for citizens to talk. Feedback received at the listening sessions will be shared with School Board members, Henrico Schools administrators and the new advisory committee. In addition, a survey will be forthcoming. The data from both will help guide the division’s next steps.
The equity and diversity listening sessions include one in each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts:  

April 23 (6-7 p.m.)
Sandston Branch Library
23 E. Williamsburg Road
Sandston, Va. 23150

April 24 (6-7 p.m.)
Fairfield Area Library
1001 N. Laburnum Ave.
Henrico, Va. 23223

April 25 (5-6 p.m.)
Glen Allen Branch Library
10501 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, Va. 23060

April 30 (5:30-6:30 p.m.)
Tuckahoe Area Library
1901 Starling Drive
Henrico, Va. 23229

May 1 (4-5 p.m.)
Twin Hickory Area Library
5001 Twin Hickory Road
Glen Allen, Va. 23059  

More information about Manns and Henrico Schools’ efforts to increase equity and diversity across the school division can be found at henricoschools.us/henrico-county-public-schools-hires-director-to-oversee-equity-and-diversity-efforts.