RISD leads the way with new inclusion policy
By: Ana Huitron | Published: Sep 3, 2019
The Richardson Independent School District has added an inclusion policy this year to establish a framework to eliminate bias, prejudice, or unlawful discrimination that may affect students' achievement and learning experiences.
The district will create a sense of belonging by providing students, staff, and families with authentic and relevant opportunities to learn about diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives. They want to foster recognition and respect for basic human rights, fundamental freedoms, and equitable opportunities and outcomes for all through the district's policies, programs, and activities.
The district will intentionally recruit, hire, and retain qualified and/or experienced staff who reflect student demographics and the community to support a racially diverse and culturally responsive workforce that is present in all schools and at all organizational levels. They will use learning materials that reflect the diversity of students and staff and which foster the understanding and appreciation of culture, class, language, ethnicity, and other differences that exist in our student body and staff.
The district will continually examine its systems and practices to identify factors that may create inequities and disparities and take appropriate steps to implement systems and policies that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion so all students have access and the opportunity to benefit. Their goal is just to make everyone feel included.
Equity- The condition that would be achieved if one’s identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares.
Diversity- The acknowledgement and celebration of differences in cultures, traditions, and beliefs in our community.
Inclusion- Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that equitably distributes access, resources, and influence.
Cultural Competence- The integration and transformation of knowledge about individuals and groups of people into specific standards, policies, practices, and attitudes used to increase the quality of services; thereby, producing better outcomes.