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About the Equity & Inclusion Team

The Equity & Inclusion Team strives to increase educational equity by working alongside staff to identify ways to bolster strengths and mitigate barriers faced by students and staff. The aim is to foster an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and inclusive culture at the WRDSB, where all students feel seen, heard, respected, and have all the support and resources they need to flourish.

The Equity & Inclusion Team responds to ongoing requests made through the equity request form by administrators, educators, Social Workers, Child & Youth Workers, and other support staff with evidence-informed best practices addressing inequities. These requests, in turn, help to identify the overarching gaps or themes, build and cultivate community partnerships, help inform the development of resources and tools, and drive policies and procedures to keep the system responsive.

The Role of the Equity & Inclusion Team

Here are some of the ways that the Equity & Inclusion Team supports the staff and students of WRDSB:

  • Creating and reviewing policies, guidelines, and administrative procedures
  • Responding to ongoing requests through the equity request form
  • Supporting ACBi students and families through the System Navigator- Anti-Black Racism Focus role
  • Delivering culturally responsive pedagogy training, supports and resources
  • Developing and disseminating resources and tools
  • Designing and coordinating awareness campaigns, events, forums, panels, and all-staff communications
  • Cultivating community connections and facilitating community engagement and outreach
  • Providing consultation via staff meetings, system-wide presentations, steering committees, and coaching

Who Is the Equity & Inclusion Team?

The Equity & Inclusion Team is composed of the Equity and Inclusion Officer, the System Navigator, and two teacher consultants. The team is part of the Equity & Inclusion Branch of the Indigenous, Equity, and Human Rights Department working out of the Education Centre.

The circle shape represents the wholeness of the community. The gaps in the circle speak to the nature of equity work being ongoing and incomplete. The primary colours (red, blue and yellow) are foundational and can be combined to make the other colours. These colours represent harmony and interdependence. Where each colour’s gap meets another colour’s line, the circle is complete.

About the Artist – Mona Mousa

Mona Mousa is a digital content creator with over ten years of experience in social media marketing, branding, graphic design, photography, videography, and more.

Please contact the Equity and Inclusion Officer (teneile_warren@wrdsb.ca) if you have any questions, feedback or suggestions about equity and inclusion at the WRDSB.