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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The following LCUSD Draft Commitment Statements and Definitions for Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion for adopted by the Governing Board in the 2020-2021 school year:
Commitment Statement
It is inherent in our district’s mission and vision to create welcoming, safe and supportive
environments for all students, staff and families. Therefore, LCUSD commits to actively
cultivating and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion by embedding these key tenets as part
of our organizational values and decision-making principles. We will provide a robust and
rigorous educational program that engages, challenges and supports every learner, honors
students’ varied lived experiences and fosters feelings of empathy and belonging.
Definition: LCUSD defines diversity as the array of differences which exist between people, on a personal as well as an organizational level. Those differences include, but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, ability, religion, family structure, age, and core values.
Application: LCUSD recognizes that every person has a unique identity. LCUSD schools will foster and promote environments, relationships, and experiences where every student, staff member, and family is welcomed, valued, feels safe, and is treated with dignity and respect.
Definition: LCUSD defines Equity as a system of providing every learner with the resources and opportunities needed to reach their fullest potential.
Application: LCUSD’s commitment to equity demands that all students, staff, and families be provided with the resources, services, and instruction required for success. Our understanding of equity recognizes that (1) inequities have served as barriers to success for marginalized groups and (2) there is a need for continual reflection and responsiveness to prevent and remedy potential inequities going forward.
Definition: LCUSD defines Inclusion to mean that every member of the community is supported in order to feel valued and respected, has equitable access and opportunities, and is invited to meaningfully contribute to and help define the culture of the LCUSD community.
Application: LCUSD schools emphasize the daily and intentional nurturing and maintenance of a welcoming climate of care. LCUSD schools work to foster a sense of belonging and empathy for all.