Marcia Sytsma
for Bloomington School Board

Championing Diversity and Equity

Championing Diversity and Equity reframes of how we look at protecting the rights of students and families. Diverse students with varied backgrounds are more than something to be showcased or used for cultural awareness festivals or holiday celebrations. Championing Diversity and Equity means looking at each member of the school (students, staff, parents and other trusted adults) as someone who is valued specifically because of their unique character and background. Championing Diversity and Equity means observing and facilitating how each student can productively bring their individual experiences into the community and how the community can help each student change and grow. Championing Diversity and Equity means giving a student room to learn without the fear of being ridiculed or having to hide.

Championing Diversity and Equity means that students feel valued as unique individuals sharing their culture and traditions with the school community. It means that students who are gender nonconforming or members of sexually marginalized groups and their family members feel comfortable, welcomed, and supported within the community, as well as being treated as important and valid members of the community. Above all, Championing Diversity and Equity means that all school community members are committed to a socially just society that treats students, families, and staff as valued and unique participants.