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Equity & Diversity

In Leander ISD, we want to listen and learn from our community about how we can support various communities. To help create meaningful and impactful dialogue, the district will begin its Community Conversations on Equity and Diversity with two community forums. These meetings will be led by two college professors – Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards and Dr. Bradley Carpenter – who have extensive experience in fostering equity in public schools.

The meetings will feature shared learning by attendees and an opportunity to share their story. They will also encourage collaboration on next steps to make changes and improvements.

This is only the start of Community Conversations on Equity and Diversity in Leander ISD. While the district has been engaging in learning about the implementation of equitable practices, it has been largely limited to staff. It is with time we bring in our student, parent and community voices.

About the Facilitators

  • Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards is chair and an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville. She also serves on the statewide Subcommittee for Equity and Justice for All Youth.
  • Dr. Bradley Carpenter is currently an associate professor of educational leadership at Baylor University. His focus is on the development of equity-minded school leaders.

Schedule

All meetings are 6–8 p.m.

Date Location
3/3 Henry MS
3/9 Wiley MS

Feedback Collection

As part of the Community Conversations on Equity and Diversity, the district will collect anonymous stories about equity, diversity, inclusion, and/or identity as they pertain to student and/or caregiver experiences in LISD to help shape the district's long-term approach to the topic of Equity and Diversity. 

For issues that need more immediate assistance, please consider using the district's existing channels, including Let's TalkAnonymous Alerts and the Fraud Hotline (an anonymous reporting tool for staff), along with the designated district staff members below who handle discrimination issues:

  • Bryan Miller – Title IX Coordinator (Students)
    Email | 512-570-0150
  • Angela Patrick – Section 504/ADA Coordinator (Students)
    Email | 512-570-0311
  • Karie Lynn McSpadden – Title IX and Section 504/ADA Coordinator (Employees)
    Email | 512-570-0100

Campus administrators and counselors can also serve as a first point of contact when dealing with issues of discrimination.

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