– Equity, Diversity and Opportunity

Our goal

The goal of Henrico County Public Schools is to produce citizens that have the skills needed to be college- and/or career-ready. We need to make sure students get the skills they’ll need in our current workforce. HCPS’ Equity and Diversity Department is particularly poised to support these efforts by championing programming that promotes cultural competency for both students and staff. Private-sector employers today truly understand the need for culturally competent employees. A vast and growing body of research has found an ever-increasing need for language and intercultural competence in virtually all professions. These reports all highlight the urgency to add these elements to one’s education.
Dr. Monica Manns 
Chief Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Officer
“Be they urban, rural, large or small, homogenous or diverse, given the myriad of challenges facing schools in the America and around the world, simply assigning the same, cookie-cutter education solution is not only ineffective, it is a miscarriage of justice.”
– Mark A. Elgart., Ed.D.

Student Voice

Girls for a Change

Girls’ Ambassador Program
Career and college readiness program for high-school-age girls
Complete the application here.
Get more information here.
Important dates: Last day to register is Jan. 15, 2021. The last information session is Jan. 13, 2021.
Register for the information session.

Immersion Lab Program
Monthly career and college readiness program for high-school-age girls
Register here.
Get more information here.
This is a year-round, ongoing program.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Girl Action Team
Register here.
Get more information here.
Classes will resume Jan. 20, 2021.

VISA Scholarship
Information: Click the link below for details about the Visa Black Scholars and Jobs Program, posted on the Thurgood Marshall College Fund site. Please read and share within your network.

Link: Visa Black Scholars and Jobs Program (Overview), Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Equity Ambassadors

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Opportunity is to intentionally foster institutional equity, diversity and inclusion. This includes raising awareness, providing strategies, identifying opportunities and developing viable tools that bring to life the vision of inclusive excellence, both in our schools and community.

Our Vision

The vision of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Opportunity is to lead among peers as a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our national and global societies, one that accepts and values everyone, both in word and deed.  

Our Commitment

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Opportunity is committed to building an inclusive and diverse school community. We understand that every student and staff member — whatever their race; gender; age; ethnicity; cultural heritage or nationality; religious or family structure; sexual orientation or gender identity; or socioeconomic and ability status — has the right to inclusion, respect, agency and voice in the HCPS community.


An equitable educational environment is about student empowerment, ensuring that all students have what they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. This includes students from historically marginalized and fiscally under-resourced communities; students in special education programs, English-language learners and other students with diverse educational needs.


The Office of Equity, Diversity and Opportunity is particularly focused on the promotion of fairness. Fairness means ensuring that personal and social circumstances do not prevent students from achieving their academic potential.

Diversity – Inclusivity

Inclusive education recognizes that students need cultural knowledge about themselves and others. More than ever before, students need to see themselves reflected in their learning environment, as well as appreciate someone else’s worldview. The ability to see the world from one’s own viewpoint and another’s at the same time allows us to perceive the world in three dimensions.


The Office of Equity, Diversity and Opportunity is particularly focused on ensuring that our instruction provides opportunities for students to see the world in three dimensions. This strengthens our society, ensuring a cohesion which embraces the fundamental values of America.



  • “The Integrated Schools Podcast”
  • “Code Switch” investigates issues related to race and identity in the United States.
  • “Chicken And Jollof Rice Show” features the perspectives of four first-generation African Americans on current events, pop culture, and what it’s like to live in America.
  • “Race Relations” is about race unlike anything else on the airwaves: honest, raw, funny and refreshingly real.
  • RaceConvo.com: Everyday Conversations on Race for Everyday People is a group of people having an everyday conversation about race.


  • “Courageous Conversations About Race” (2nd) by Glenn E. Singleton
  • “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo ​
  • “Blind Spot” by Banaji and Greenwald
  • “Whistling Vivaldi” by Claude Steele
  • “Teaching to Transgress” by bell hooks
  • “killing rage: Ending Racism” by bell hooks
  • “Teaching Race: How to Help Students Unmask and Challenge Racism” (1st) by Stephen D. Brookfield
  • “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race” by Derald Wing Sue (Author)





  • James Baldwin
  • bell hooks
  • Robin DiAngelo
  • Toni Morrison
  • Tim Wise
  • Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates

Dr. Monica Manns

Chief Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Officer

Henrico County Public Schools, an innovative leader in educational excellence, will actively engage our students in diverse educational, social, and civic learning experiences that inspire and empower them to become contributing citizens.

P.O. Box 23120 | 3820 Nine Mile Road | Henrico, Virginia 23223

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