Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
May is National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. A time to share about the journeys, contributions, and resilience of our Asian Pacific community.
March is Women's History month and we have so much to celebrate! The month's designation is specifically to honor all the ways that women have been influencers, overcome discrimination, and been foundational in improving the world.
This month is African American History Month. It is a great month to focus on doing our part to help everyone feel like they belong. It only takes a few minutes to say, "Hi!" and ask a couple of connecting questions. Before we know it, we are building strong relationships with everyone no matter what our skin color is.
I think we can all relate to eating together and how that can bring us closer together. This January, let’s make sure everyone has someone to eat lunch with. Let’s make sure everyone feels welcome and that they belong.
December 10th is Human Rights Day. First declared in 1948 by the United Nations, calling attention to the fact that each of us has basic human rights and is entitled to healthy human interactions and treatment from others.
National American Indian Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers, and settlers of the United States.
Data shows us that when we have two adults in our lives who we can lean on when times are difficult, that our bodies are two and half times more healthy and have eight times improved mental health.
Did you know that the US celebration of Hispanic Heritage officially began in 1968? President Lynden B. Johnson signed it into law on September 17th. Then, in 1984, President George H.W. Bush expanded it to a month-long celebration.
Visit our Equity Website for a complete look at what we are doing for equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are keeping our site up to date with district actions towards creating a school community that not only practices equity at all levels, but is engaged in stopping acts of racism, exclusion, and bullying so that ALL students in our community have a safe, positive, and caring experience in order to access their free and appropriate education.
The Grants Pass School District is committed to creating a safe and engaging learning space for all of our students and staff. The school district does not tolerate acts of racial prejudice or acts of violence toward anyone.
As part of our continuous work – and we recognize there is more work to be done - the district is actively engaged in the issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. To guide the district, we have a community team that includes students, staff, parents, and community members and we are pursuing all ways to address issues that impact our students and their families. This is a team that is action-oriented to improve Grants Pass schools for all students. The team is called TIDE, which stands for Team for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. We firmly believe that a rising tide lifts all boats and together, we are the rising TIDE. To see what action steps our team has accomplished, please click here.
All systems reflect those who created them. Without knowing it, we build in bias to our systems simply because each of us only has our limited experiences. Unfortunately, those biases can be hurtful to others. Prejudice towards others is part of the human experience, but it doesn’t have to be. We can be brave to listen to others who don’t look like us. We can work to deepen our understanding of others who are not like us. We can choose to be compassionate. We can choose to be kind. We can choose to be united in our differences. To our staff, students, and families of color: we stand with you, we are here for you, and we are better because of you.
Grants Pass Schools—Stronger Together!