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Sub-Committee 2/C/1 Meeting - January 25, 2010

Location:

Central High

Committee Members:

Kevin Mabie

Jeremy Mitchell

Donna Volk

Agenda Items

1. View new survey results

2. Review Past Research/New Research

3. Continue addressing our question: "What are our district policies and practices that ensure diverse perspectives and representation within our school community?"

4. Begin formal analysis of data for April 26: Recommended next steps

Actions Taken

We determined that data suggests:

1. A core group, such as the newly formed Diversity in Action organization, should be responsible for eliminating barriers between our diverse student population. We need a group responsible for integrating lessons about various cultures into daily activity so that all students understand the perspectives of all races, colors, origins, genders, religions, sexual orientations, and students with disabilities.

2. This group also should be responsible for organizing diversity awareness and understanding efforts. A new student should be able to come into a school and find an organization that meets his need to work with students like him. This new student should also understand what opportunities he has to get to know students different from him.

3. Culture in Action, or a similar organization, should work district wide to "guarantee" some activities in all Parkway high schools.
Our committee surveyed schools to determine what practices, events, lessons, or clubs represent or encourage diversity or awareness in individual buildings. We determined that each building had a large variety of ideas and activities to encourage diversity awareness. It should also be noted that Parkway has a large number of activities and organization formed to help minority students feel comfortable among like peers. However, to meet Parkway's vision goal for students to "seek to understand the views, cultures, and values of others, we recommend the following steps:

1. A core group, such as the newly formed Diversity in Action organization, should be responsible for eliminating barriers between our diverse student population. We need a group responsible for integrating lessons about various cultures into daily activity so that all students understand the perspectives of all races, colors, origins, genders, religions, sexual orientations, and students with disabilities.

2. This group also should be responsible for organizing diversity awareness and understanding efforts. A new student should be able to come into a school and find an organization that meets his need to work with students like him. This new student should also understand what opportunities he has to get to know students different from him.

3. Culture in Action, or a similar organization, should work district wide to "guarantee" some activities in all Parkway high schools.

Summary

We determined that Parkway has a large variety of diversity activities and organizations. However, we also determined that Parkway needs to create group that cross boundaries so that our students seek to understand the views, cultures, and values of others. We decided to invite members of the district's Cultures in Action organization to our next meeting to share ideas about breaking down the walls of cultural barriers.

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