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Fall 2017 Equity and Inclusion Work

Equity and Inclusion Director – David Wu

 

It has been an exciting and busy semester as Lexington Catholic’s first Director of Equity and Inclusion!  My hope is for Lexington Catholic to become a leader and a partner with other schools on issues of equity and inclusion.  Bishop Stowe, Superintendent Conneely, President Angelucci and Principal Stevens have all been very supportive of this work as we strive to make our school and the world more equitable and inclusive.

In August, I trained the faculty using Teaching Tolerance’s publication Speak Up!  Every staff member has been instructed to take time to interrupt any actions or words that might be biased or hurtful.  After interrupting, they are to ask the student about the questionable words or actions.  After listening, the adult is to educate as to why the words or actions are inappropriate. 

All adults on staff are expected to coach students to have proper words and behaviors in this school.  Often times students do not even realize that their words or actions are biased.  We do not settle for poor form on the court, or the field, or in the band, or in the art room… neither will we settle for poor form in the classroom, the hallways, the locker room or the cafeteria.  Our future goal is to have students trained in interrupting any bias as well.  There are plans to train student leaders in the near future.

 

Here is a quick list of projects, events and responsibilities:

 

  • Coordinated a summer Meet and Greet with new international students and diversity club members.
  • Recruited 25+ faculty members to do Ancestry DNA testing. We had faculty discussions in early October. 
  • Hosted Gender Equity Kickball during flex to get the conversation started about fairness and gender biased attitudes and practices.
  • Began teaching a new Introduction to Christianity and American Culture class for all new international students.
  • Began speaking with coaches and team captains about best practices in welcoming new teammates and what we can do better.
  • Joined the school’s retention committee and curriculum committee.
  • Appointed to the Diocesan School Council
  • Met with leaders at the Fayette School Offices and The Lexington School regarding equity.
  • Planned meetings with partner schools to share the work we are doing.
  • Recorded several interviews about equity and inclusion on learning differences (Stephen Dorsett on having ADHD and dyslexia, Tyler Dorsey on ADHD and Brandi Larkey on High Marks; David Castillo on being born Mexican but raised as an American). Stay tuned for the launch of these podcasts.  Future topics include conversations on gender equity, speaking about our ancestors, inclusion across socio-economic lines and the experience of being black in America.
  • Coordinating a 50 student, 6 faculty member field trip to Frederick Douglass High School on September 22 to see a performance and participate in a panel on race relations. This event is sponsored by the KY Humanities Council.
  • Hosted flex time conversations on race as a follow-up to the Sept 22 field trip.
  • Working on a committee to implement the Formative Five (empathy, self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, fostering perseverance) into our curriculum.

 

The bottom line is that we at Lexington Catholic believe that everyone is made in God’s image.  How we treat each other should reflect that belief. Respect for everyone is an expectation for all of our community members.  It is a fundamental starting point in building better people at Lexington Catholic.

Another reason we do this work is because embracing diversity is an essential 21st century skill.  Fortune 500 companies are looking for graduates who possess this character trait.  

If you ever would like to schedule a meeting or join in the work, feel free to contact me at: dwu@lexingtoncatholic.com.

 

                                                                        In Christ’s Great Inclusive Love!

 

                                                                        David