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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

In the Grants Pass School District, we are striving to create 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 school experience. If you have questions about the Grants Pass School District 7's EDI efforts, please contact Director Dan Huber-Kantola.

We want each and every student to receive everything they need to be successful in our schools.

TIDE: Team for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

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.  Since it's formal establishment in 2018, TIDE has celebrated the following accomplishments:

TIDE Celebrations
  • Hispanic Advocate, 8 hours per day at GPHS, NMS and SMS
  • Interpreter phone line for all locations
  • Signs/posters in Spanish at all schools
  • Handbook language to address hate speech
  • Start of the year student education on new handbook language
  • Emphasis on building relationships with staff
  • Cultural Agility training for all new staff
  • Restorative justice introduction for all admin 
  • Restorative justice follow-up trainings for secondary disciplinarians
  • Participating with ESD Equity and Diversity group
  • Equity Advisory Committee to the Superintendent
  • Restroom upgrades at all secondary schools
  • Sensory playground at NMS
blue water color strokes with the phrase a rising tide lifts all boats


2024 TIDE Meeting Dates

January 18, 2024

March 14, 2024

May 9, 2024

Equity Advisory Committee to the Superintendent and School Board

The purpose of the Equity Advisory Committee is to provide communication and feedback to the Superintendent and the School Board about equity issues in schools. See ORS 329.711. TIDE develops the key topics to be shared with the District, and the EAC brings back communication from the Superintendent and the School Board to TIDE for the work that is happening.

The EAC is composed of seven (7) members: five (5) adults and two (2) students. No more than two (2) EAC members may be School District staff.

The following individuals have been selected to serve on the Equity Advisory Committee.

  • Krysta York
  • Robin Bresley
  • Courtney Tucker
  • Sunny Lawrence
  • Josh Hopkins
  • Joey Torres - Rodriguez
  • Victoria Lopez-Garrett
  • Quinn Arrington
  • Quin Pherson
  • Brandace Rojo
  • Carl Thomas
2024 EAC Meeting Dates

January 22, 2024

March 18, 2024

May 20, 2024