RSU 68 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
To realize our mission, SeDoMoCha incorporates diversity, equity and inclusion as an everyday value and practice. We view these terms as foundational in our school experience; shared definitions help us to ensure the most welcoming and innovative learning environment.
Diversity: We understand diversity as differences across many identities. We are committed to recognizing the many identities our community members hold–including, but not limited to, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith communities, ancestry or national origin, age, disability or genetic information.
Equity: We understand educational equity as providing each student a legitimate opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive in school and beyond. Being equitable means acknowledging and addressing structural inequalities, both historic and current, that advantage some and disadvantage others. Equal treatment results in equity only if everyone starts with equal access to opportunities. We are committed to identifying and addressing disparities faced by members of our community on every level, including, but not limited to teaching practice, policy development, and ongoing community acknowledgement of inequity.
Inclusion: We understand that together, SeDoMoCha is stronger when we work together to celebrate our differences and ensure all community members feel at home at our school. We are committed to making sure everyone belongs and this is achieved through an ongoing journey of growing, learning, and unlearning together.
On November 3, 2020, the RSU 68 Board of School Directors approved a motion to set the charge for an Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).
Charge of the Committee
To understand and share the meaning of policy AC: Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, to create a DEI district statement, and to provide trainings for the entire SeDoMoCha community.
Role of the Committee
The role of the Committee was advisory only; with a final report and/or recommendations made to the Board by May 2021. Members of the Committee included board members, administrators, teachers, ed techs, parents, and a consultant to the Committee.