Diversity Committee

Our Mission

The Diversity Committee of Ferndale Public School District aims for Fendale to be a district in which each child feels, safe, included, respected and motivated to learn and a district that:

  • celebrates its diversity and fosters relationships of acceptance;
  • in which all families are empowered to advocate on their children's behalf;
  • that closes the achievement, opportunity and equity gaps that exist in our schools;
  • in which the great community is connected and involved in guiding and nurturing our children.

Goal Statements

 

  • We will support and promote diversity and the understanding of diversity in all aspects of our district. With the National Education Association, we define diversity “as the sum of the ways that people are both alike and different” and acknowledge that “the dimensions of diversity include race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, language, culture, religion, mental and physical ability, class and immigration status.”
  • We will educate staff, teachers, students, parents, and community members about creating a learning culture that values diversity, multicultural awareness, and inclusive learning.
  • We will consistently improve the education and achievement of all students in the district and we will identify and close achievement and opportunity gaps.
  • We will advocate for diversity by treating each individual in the district with dignity and respect, by empowering all stakeholders, and by enhancing the opportunities for those stakeholders to actively participate in the education of the children in our district.
  • We will engage our community in the promotion and support of diversity by building bridges, promoting involvement, and strengthening collaboration in the interest of our students’ success in our schools and beyond graduation.

Workgroup Goals Statements/Activities

1. PARENT ADVOCACY

Interim Liaison: Sandra Dukhie/David Gardner

Developing a guide to help parents and caregivers connect with resources and other supports they need.

GOAL:

Increase parent involvement in all aspects of the educational process including extracurricular,
conferences, fundraising events, interventions, team meetings, scheduling, and measurable contact between home to school/school to home.

2. STUDENT EQUITY

(Interim Liaison: Trina Tocco

Ensuring that there is equitable access to honors programs and that disciplinary actions are fair and equitable.

GOAL:

Increase number of African American students in secondary honors and AP classes in each of the next 2 academic years (2018-20).

3. CULTURAL EDUCATION

Interim Liaison: Kat LaTosch

Trainings, events and other opportunities to share experiences and learn about how we interact with each other across difference.

GOAL:

Increase cultural awareness and competency of the Ferndale Public School family (parents, teachers,students, community) through quarterly educational activities as measured by:

  1. the number of culturally-related student conflicts;
  2. parent cultural awareness scores from the Midwest Equity Survey;
  3. number of diverse identity books/projects utilized in classroom/curricula. 

Upcoming Meetings

If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please email Dania Bazzi.