District 204 Equity Belief Statement
The District 204 Board of Education recognizes that in order to inspire all students to achieve their greatest potential we must lead and engage in a collective commitment to equity. The Board recognizes that with our objective to provide educational opportunities that result in equitable outcomes, we must work proactively to address biases and eliminate institutional structures and practices that negatively affect student learning and achievement.
We pledge to foster educational equity for all students by actively identifying and removing any barriers by ensuring that all policies, practices, programs, and procedures support and affirm each student. We are committed to creating a culture where all staff, students and families feel safe, welcome, respected, and a part of the school community. We recognize that equity work is ongoing, and we pledge to engage the entire 204 community, actively including students, families, educators, and all stakeholders in our equity journey. This will be an accountable, measured, and continuous examination of our educational system. By eliminating disparities in educational opportunities and embracing our diversity we can best assure that our students have the greatest potential to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.
How can you contact us?
Executive Director of Educational Equity
Pronouns: she, her, hers
- Stephanie Arena (WVHS)
- Ann Cluxton (MVHS)
- Christina Jakubas (NVHS)
- Charmonique Joiner (Graham)
- Rachael Mahmood (Georgetown)
- Candy Michelli (CEC)
- Tania Moneim (MVHS)
- Javier Polavieja (MVHS)
- Natalie Hoyle Ross (Springbrook)
- George Vellookunnel (Hill)
- Michael Yadgir (Granger)
- Jessica Walsh (Granger)
Equity in Action
Visit this page to learn about our ongoing equity work.
Understanding Social Justice (November 17 @7 PM)
What is social justice in education? Please join us as we discuss social justice and its impact on equity, access, participation, and education rights.
Guest speaker: Dr. Anurima Bhargava served as the Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2010-2016, where she led federal enforcement of civil rights laws in schools and institutions of higher education. Before joining the Department of Justice, Dr. Bhargava was Counsel and Director of the Education Practice at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Currently, she serves as Founder and President of Anthem of Us, a strategic advisory firm that works with educational institutions and corporations to promote dignity and justice for all.
View our comprehensive multicultural calendar of holidays and observances for 2020-21.
Community Circles: Lunch, Listen and Learn!
Join the Executive Director of Educational Equity and others for a lunchtime Community Circle. The goal is to engage in an open and personal dialogue surrounding issues of equity that permeate all aspects of our lives. 8 guests will be invited each month to join in for this lunch circle, and the goal is to continue to build our understanding and appreciation for each other, even though we may hail from very different backgrounds and experiences. Each session will take place via Zoom!
What are we reading?
- We Are Water Protectors (Lindstrom)
- An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (Dunbar-Ortiz)
- Fry Bread (Maillard)
- Clean Getaway (Stone)