Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in Education

Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in Education

In its commitment to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive school environment where all students feel safe, welcomed and accepted, the Pearl River Board of Education adopted policy #0105 Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in Education on April 12, 2022. 

Equity Task Force

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in Education policy calls for the establishment of an Equity Task Force. The role of the Task Force is to: “consult with the administration regarding specific prevention initiatives, including the adoption and/or revision of policies and implementation of practices designed to promote diversity, prevent discrimination, and assure equitable access to high quality education.” 

The Equity Task Force will include the Superintendent and central office designees, faculty and employees selected by their collective bargaining associations, parents of current students selected by the parent teacher organization(s), and members of the community. On May 18th, an application was emailed to the school community to solicit interest in service on this Task Force. Over 100 applications were received from parents, faculty, staff and community members. Careful consideration was given to all candidates. Those selected represent a balanced and diverse representation of our schools and community. 

Task Force members will be assigned to one of the following five subcommittees:  

  • Student Support
  • Curriculum Materials
  • Professional Development and Staff Support
  • Community Education
  • Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

The Equity Task Force will have its first meeting in early fall.   As the Task Force moves forward with their work, we will update this page regularly. We thank the Task Force in advance for their service to our schools and to the broader Pearl River community.

 

Equity Task Force Updates

November 15, 2022- Minutes and presentation from the November 9th meeting are posted. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 2022.

October 31, 2022- Minutes and presentation from the October 26th meeting are posted. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. 

October 17, 2022- Minutes and presentation from the first meeting are posted. The next Equity Task Force meeting will take place on Wednesday,  October 26, 2022. 

September 14, 2022 -  Due to a number of calendar conflicts, the first meeting of the Equity Task Force has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 12, 2022

September 7, 2022 - Dr. Pochintesta sent a letter to the school community announcing that  Dr. Lisa Brady was approved by the Board to serve as a consultant/facilitator to the Equity Task Force. All members of the Equity Task Force received a book, How Good People Fight Bias: The Person You Mean to Be by Dolly Chugh, that will serve as a springboard for discussion as the group begins its work.