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    Seeking members to serve on Equity Advisory Council; application deadline Sept. 15

    Are you interested in issues related to racial equity with the desire to help create more culturally-responsive schools and communities? Consider applying to become a member of the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District’s Equity Advisory Council. With our continued emphasis in leading with racial equity, the District is looking for new members to join the council, which has been in place since 2018. This is open to community members, families, staff, students – who represent diversity in language, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and ability.

      • Equity Advisory Council Purpose: Examine issues surrounding racial equity within the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District and identify ways that will improve the educational experience for every student.
      • Equity Advisory Council Member Role: Contribute individual perspective on racial equity and provide input that will help direct future actions and decisions of the District on equity-related issues.  

    • Equity Advisory Council Member Minimum Commitments: 
    • Complete a full term from October 2020 to June 2021
    • Attend all 5 Task Force meetings: 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, Nov. 17, Jan. 19, March 23 and May 18
    • Participate in one or more Advisory Council sub-committees that may be held between full Advisory Council meeting dates

    To apply to become a member of the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District Equity Advisory Council, complete an application and submit it to Marilee Hill-Anderson by 5 p.m. on Sept. 15. Applicants will be notified about the status of their role with the Advisory Council by email or phone no later than Sept. 25. For more information, call (253) 891-6032.


    Equity Advisory Council Background

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District selected 25 staff and community members to serve on our first Equity Advisory Council, 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 council 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 Council Purpose Statement

    The Equity Advisory Council 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 marilee_hill-anderson@sumnersd.org