Addressing Racism in Our School Community
The Oregon School District welcomes all children and families to our school community and works to promote an inclusive environment for all students. We understand that racism is a systemic challenge in our society and that our actions must go beyond celebrating diversity in our schools or listing equity as a value. We must work together to challenge current systems and practices and focus on removing obstacles that contribute to systemic inequities.
We partner with students, families, and valuable community partners like Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, the National Equity Project and Critical Consciousness, LLC to more fully understand and act upon institutional and other forms of racism.
Anti-Hate Speech Policy
The Oregon School District is committed to providing a safe, secure and respectful learning environment for all students in school buildings, on school grounds and school buses, and at school-sponsored activities. Hate speech has a harmful social, physical, psychological and academic impact on our school community. The District will not tolerate any form of hate speech, and will consistently and vigorously seek to eliminate it. As such, the Oregon School District Board of Education has adopted a specific Anti-Hate Speech Policy.
Discussing Racism with Children
If we are to address racial disparities that exist in our society, we must start with knowedge and education. While there is curriculum dedicated to discussing racism in our schools, it is also important for all families to discuss racism and inequities with their children. Below are some resources to help guide your discussions.
Free Virtual Community Equity Forum
We are pleased to share that we have rescheduled our community forum entitled Why Talk About Racism? Addressing Equity in our Growing School Community. This event was originally scheduled to take place at the end of March, but had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The free event will take place virtually and is a partnership between the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development and the Oregon School District. All who live within the Oregon School District are welcome to attend. Registration is required.
- Why Talk About Racism Community Forum
- Tuesday July, 28, 7:00-9:00 PM
- Please register at: OSDequity.eventbrite.com