Equity Advisory Committee Background
The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District selected 25 staff and community members to serve on our first Equity Advisory Committee, charged with the mission of examining the growing diversity within our schools, as well as processes necessary to ensure equitable educational outcomes for all students.
Advisory committee members have a background and interest and commitment in addressing equity, as well as culturally responsive schools and communities. They represent a diverse group of local parents and families, as well as school administration, staff, and our Board of Directors. Advisory committee work and meetings are guided and facilitated by Equity Program Management consultants from Puget Sound Educational Service District #121.
Equity Advisory Committee Purpose Statement
The Equity Advisory Committee commits to transforming the culture and climate of the SBLSD so that every adult and student in the district acts upon our shared values of empathy, inclusion, acceptance and success for ALL students.
We will identify the content knowledge, policies, practices and procedures needed to effectively prevent bias; to recognize and address bias when it occurs; to alleviating the harmful impacts of bias; and provide for the restoration of good and trusting relationships in our community.
We will empower students to be leaders in that process.
An understanding of the history and current dynamics of racism and other forms of oppression is critical knowledge which will allow all students to be successful both in SBLSD and post-graduation, and will allow them to have better opportunities and relationships with diverse people throughout their lives.
We are all responsible for the complete education of our students.
We commit to ensuring that school district employees and students know, are aware and have the skills they need to identify bias, interrupt it where it exists and provide remedies that restore trust and relationships.
We will educate ourselves so that we can engage our community in the transformation we need to make SBLSD a place where all individuals feel safe, valued, loved, heard and seen.
We commit to make our district a place where individuals can have pride in themselves and achieve their fullest potential.
To learn more about the Equity Advisory Committee, contact Marilee Hill-Anderson, Director of Community Engagement, at (253) 891-6032 or firstname.lastname@example.org