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.
Virtual Community Equity Forum
On Tuesday, July 28 our community engaged in a forum entitled Why Talk About Racism? Addressing Equity in our Growing School Community. The event took place virtually and was a partnership between the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development and the Oregon School District. If you were unable to attend or would simply like to view it again, feel free to watch the forum recording. Thank you to Nehemiah and all community members who joined us!