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Category: Equity & Diversity
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.
All meetings are 6–8 p.m.
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 Talk, Anonymous 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 Bryan Miller | 512-570-0150
- Angela Patrick – Section 504/ADA Coordinator (Students)
Email Angela Patrick | 512-570-0311
- Karie Lynn McSpadden – Title IX and Section 504/ADA Coordinator (Employees)
Email Karie Lynn McSpadden | 512-570-0100
Campus administrators and counselors can also serve as a first point of contact when dealing with issues of discrimination.
Jun 3, 2020
In Leander ISD, we unequivocally condemn racism, discrimination, and exclusion of all kinds. Our hearts are broken. The killing of George Floyd and others has profoundly impacted our nation and reminded us we live in a world where racism undeniably exists. We acknowledge that racism exists in Leander ISD. Our students matter, each and every one of them. We know it is time for action. As we cope with uncertainty, we must partner with our community to create equitable and inclusive environments for our entire population. We create a better future for our students when we stand against racism and value the diverse culture of our community. Hope is not enough. As Leander ISD, we demand equity.Read More
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More than 100 Leander ISD students, staff and community members packed the Wiley Middle School cafeteria Monday night to recount experiences and explore ways to give a voice to those that feel marginalized on LISD campuses.Read More
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