Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

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    We invite teachers, families, and community members to explore and make use of the resources in this toolkit. Through recommended readings, lesson plans, professional development and training opportunities, and special observances and events, we will grow our understanding and appreciation of different cultures, perspectives, and life circumstances that shape our community.

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    Racial Equity Institute: REI’s two-day Phase I training is designed to develop the capacity of participants to better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms. Moving away from a focus on personal bigotry and bias, this workshop presents a historical, cultural, and structural analysis of racism. With shared language and a clearer understanding of how institutions and systems are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes, participants should leave the training better equipped to begin to work for change.

    The Racial Equity Institute facilitates trainings across our region. View the schedule here. Please contact Dr. Redish for registration inquiries regarding Spartanburg School District 7 attendance.

    The following District 7 community members have participated in REI training:

    • Mr. Jeff Stevens, Superintendent
    • Dr. Carlotta Redish, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Diversity & Inclusion Alliance Founder
    • Andy Hayes, District 7 Board of Trustees
    • Jonathan Duvall, Principal of Jesse Boyd Elementary School
    • Kyndran Hilton, Principal of Meeting Street Academy (along with numerous Meeting Street teachers)
    • Dr. Jada Kidd Robinson, Principal of Whitlock Flexible Learning Center
    • Vance Jones, Principal of Spartanburg High School
    • Verotta Kennedy, Dean of Viking Early College
    • Monica Hunter, District Social Worker
    • Colin Bauer, District Social Worker, Alliance Member
    • Ernest Rice, Assistant Principal of McCracken Middle School, Alliance Member
    • Neyda Mora, Spanish Teacher, Spartanburg High School, Alliance Member
    • Bettina Johnson, Guidance Counselor, Drayton Mills Elementary School, Alliance Member
    • Alexis Clowney Fox, Assistant Principal of Mary H. Wright Elemetary School
    • Johnny Rhode, Assistant Principal of E.P. Todd School
    • Dr. Lavetta Collins, Assistant Principal of Spartanburg High School
    • Katrina Johnson Robinson, Assistant Principal of McCracken Middle School
    • Dr. Terry Pruitt, Chief Academic Officer

    The following District 7 community members have participated in the Riley Institute at Furman University training:

    • Mr. Jeff Stevens, Superintendent
    • Dr. Carlotta Redish, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Diversity & Inclusion Alliance Founder

    The following District 7 community members have participated in the Diversity Leaders Initiative through the Riley Institute:

    • Dr. Terry Pruitt, Chief Academic Officer
    • Nicole Thompson, Principal of Carver Middle School
    • Margaret Peach, Principal of McCracken Middle School
    • Don Mims, Director of Student Services

     

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