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Diversity and Inclusivity

All students have the right to learn in an environment that doesn’t discriminate against them and reflects the variety of backgrounds in the student body.

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Let's Discuss:

  • How do you personally define a diverse and inclusive school environment?
  • Where does your school fall short of this definition? Where do they excel?
  • What are the advantages of a culturally diverse student body? Economically diverse?
  • Do students feel free to be their authentic selves at school?
  • What factors might stand in the way of inclusiveness in schools?
  • What can members of your school faculty do to promote an inclusive environment?
  • How can the student body and faculty work together to promote inclusiveness?
  • Does your school have programming to welcome new or international students? Do these methods promote inclusiveness?

More about racial or socioeconomic diversity

Savage Inequalities | Jonathan Kozol
“For two years, Jonathan Kozol visited schools in neighborhoods across the country, fromIllinois to Washington D.C., and from New York to San Antonio. He spoke with teachers,principals, superintendents, and, most important, children. What he found was devastating.Not only were schools for rich and poor blatantly unequal, the gulf between the two extremeswas widening—and it has widened since. The urban schools he visited were overcrowded andunderstaffed, and lacked the basic elements of learning—including books and, all too often,classrooms for the students.In Savage Inequalities, Kozol delivers a searing examination of theextremes of wealth and poverty and calls into question the reality of equal opportunity in ournation’s schools”
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Teach Us All
“TEACH US ALL is a documentary and social justice campaign on educational inequality setagainst the backdrop of the 1957 Little Rock school crisis. Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced violent resistance when desegregating Central High in Arkansas, America’s schools continue to represent the key battleground of the Civil Rights Movement... The TEACH US ALL, social justice campaign seeks to build the capacity of students and educators to take leadership in carrying for the legacy of the Little Rock Nine while activating broader community engagement in today’s urgent movement for educational equity”
Bridging the Divide: The Struggle to Move Past Segregated Schools | The Baltimore Sun
“At a time when Maryland's population is growing more diverse, the schools are becoming more segregated. With a grant from the Education Writers Association, Baltimore Sun reporters Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green examined local attempts to better integrate schools by race and class. Along with photographer Lloyd Fox, they interviewed students, teachers, parents and researchers. The Sun also commissioned an analysis from the Maryland Equity Project at the University of Maryland to create a database that breaks down every public school's racial and socioeconomic makeup.”

More about inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community

Schools Struggle to Support LGBTQ Students | Edutopia
This article discusses the initiative that many teachers are taking to create a more inclusive atmospheres in schools for their LGBTQ students. “Recent research finds the majority of teachers want to help LGBTQ students, but don’t always know how”
Lambda Legal’s Guide on How to Be an Ally
This article provides some tips and action items for students, family members, and schoolfaculty on how to be an ally for LGBTQ people in your community!
BestCollege’s LGBTQ College Safety Series
“Our team at set out to help all students feel confident in their classrooms. We ultimately curated a series of guides specifically catered to LGBTQ students that delve into the best programs, safety tips and useful insight into finding the right fit. There are three guides included: student experience guide, program details,  and safety resources.”