Is it just about color, socio-economics, gender, weight, race etc.? What is diversity?
Are you or someone you know leading diversity initiatives in your school?
I ask because I am thrilled and over-the-moon to have been selected as the Director of Diversity at my school for the 2008-2009 year. It is a newly created position and right up my alley – I think.
Am I really a right fit for the position?
That was actually my first question I had to ask before accepting. Then I got a flashback of my newsroom days – when it was crucial to have a variety of voices, from the community, to be represented in each newscast. You’d be surprised at how much thought goes into figuring out news lineups.
But we all know – especially in schools – that diversity means many different things to many different people.
As an African American woman, I know the issues that are important to me – but having had the newsroom background, I can say with certainty that I will have a great grasp of broader issues that are important to even greater communities.
So in addition to my educational technology responsibilities, as DOD I will be expected to conduct the following:
-lead a committee (can do this pretty well – will keep you posted)
-create programs (definitely need guidance on this one)
-help recruit people of color (this is a new responsibility for me)
-develop forums for both students and parents of color (not bad)
-provide resources for the greater school community (my favorite thing to do)
Readers, feel free to share any tips, links, ideas – anything - to help me get started on this new road. I feel a little like Lewis and Clark.
Here are resources that are helping me to get started.
I will also be attending the People of Color Conference in New Orleans in December. I attended last year’s conference and met author Frank Wu.