Supts eNews - June 12, 2020

 

Equity: Moving from conversation to action

Message from Dr. Ayindé Rudolph

Dr. Rudolph

Dear Parents,

I appreciate the comments that I received from parents, staff and community members about the letter I wrote last week. In it, I talked about how current events are pulling us into a long overdue conversation about race, equality and justice.

I vowed that in my role as superintendent, MVWSD will do more to honor the rich diversity that exists within our community and expand our conversation around equity until it emcompasses action. Together, I believe that we will continue to work to create a school system that welcomes all students and reminds everyone that inaction, in any form, fuels the fires of oppression.

And so, our action begins. I will need your help as we proceed with these tasks in forging together our new inclusive path for the benefit of all of us, but most specifically for our children.

MVWSD commits to:

* Looking at how we celebrate cultures, and what we can do to make these occasions more numerous, meaningful and relevant
* Diversity training
* Planning a forum / conversation with the Mountain View Police Department about community policing and the role that officers serve in our schools
* Reviewing our student and employee policies for implicit bias
* Reviewing instructional materials to ensure they are inclusive of all
* Hiring a diversity coordinator to help shepherd these initiatives and others
* Reviewing the honorary names in our District to ensure our namesakes have attributes of which we are proud.

Here’s something you can do at home.
* If you are interested in learning more about racism, and its impact on African Americans, the San Jose Museum of Art has posted a variety of articles, books, movies, podcasts etc. that you can engage with. Anti-racism resources
* As parents, we have a great deal of influence on what our kids read and are exposed to. Reading together and intentionally using books that celebrate diversity is also a great way to help our kids understand the value of every human being. Here is a book list that you could use to promote diversity in your house. 30 Children's Books About Diversity That Celebrate Differences. I am also including another book list curated by a teacher that lists children’s books that address racism. Time: Children’s Books About Race
* Get to know your neighbors.
* Find charities to volunteer for and donate to. Where to Donate for Black Lives Matter: 135 Places & Funds | The Strategist
* Vote for candidates who espouse the values of inclusiveness, justice and concern for the welfare of all human beings.

Respectfully,
Ayindé
 

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