The mission of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Opportunities 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.
The vision of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Opportunities 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.
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Opportunities 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 Department of Equity and Diversity 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 Equity and Diversity Department 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.
BOOKS TO DISCUSS AND PROVIDE CONTEXT FOR CONVERSATIONS 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)
- The Center for Racial Justice in Education
- Resource Guide for Parents to Talk About Race
- Let’s Talk: Facilitating Critical Conversations with Students
- Anti-Defamation League Race Conversation Resources
- “Racism is Real” (3 minutes)
- “Racial Rage” by Trevor Noah (15 minutes)
- “White Fragility” discussion by Dr. Robin DiAngelo (1.3 hours)
- “Children Are Not Colorblind” by Erin Winkler
- “Lens of Systemic Oppression” by the National Equity Project
INFLUENCERS WHO PROVIDE CONTEXT FOR CONVERSATIONS
- James Baldwin
- bell hooks
- Robin DiAngelo
- Toni Morrison
- Tim Wise
- Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates