Equity and Inclusion
Hamilton Southeastern Schools defines equity as the concept of giving each individual what is needed to succeed within our global society. Cultural studies demonstrate that students need to feel identity-safe within educational settings in order to experience success. Identity-safe spaces affirm the strengths of students and allow for them to be their authentic selves within an inclusive environment. Given that research, assessment data, and qualitative studies convey that identity-safety significantly influences teaching and learning, student diversity challenges us to explore ways to bridge cultural differences and devise responsive practices that affirm and accept the identities of each learner. Each student deserves a school where educators teach inclusively and dismantle barriers that prohibit students from their authentic selves.
Visit our district site's Equity and Inclusion page to learn more about our initiatives.
Building Equity Coaches
All students deserve to feel seen, represented, and valued in their school experiences. HIJH’s Equity Team works with staff members to work on creating an environment that is inclusive of all students. We have worked on tasks such as name pronunciation guides for guest teachers and staff, developing professional development and conversations for and with our staff, and leading Global Read Aloud.
HIJH’s Committee includes the following teachers: JoyAnn Boudreau, Sarah El-Rahaiby, Mary Auger, Jacquelyn Cappello, Kelli Collins, Jessica Denson, Maria Dorsel, Ina Hester, Amy Knerr, Annie O’Rourke, Beth Schlotman, Shelly Yoder, and Robin Young.
JoyAnn Boudreau and Jacquelyn Cappello are the building’s Equity Coaches. Feel free to contact them with concerns related to diversity, equity, inclusion matters. Their names are linked below to email them directly.
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