Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Children of color lying on the grass in a row

Director of Equity & Strategic Initiatives presents at OSBA Annual Conference

  • On November 9, David Salerno Owens presented at the Oregon School Board Association’s annual convention. His presentation entitled, “All In: Committing a District to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” illuminated how Lake Oswego School District, with the passage of Measure 98, leveraged funding to incorporate equity values throughout the community. With the help of the LO Police Department, the City of Lake Oswego and the school district sent city counselors, police personnel, school district administrators, and principals to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles for a 3-day training. As a result of that work, ongoing community conversations and meetings will culminate in a community summit in the Spring of 2019.

    Our focus on equity has allowed the District to create multiple systems of support for many students that have historically been underserved in our system. LOSD has spent a considerable amount of time

    • framing our understanding of what equity and inclusion looks like,
    • establishing opportunities that have led to the creation of equity teams throughout each school building, for the District and for the Board,
    • determining equity as a main focus for the school district's strategic plan, and
    • providing an equity lens that has allowed for more focus on diversity, equity and inclusion with regards to our curriculum, discipline practices and school culture to be more welcoming and inclusive.

     

    David Salerno Owens with Liz Hartman and Rob Wagner

    Board members Liz Hartman (l) and Rob Wagner (r), attend the OSBA Annual Conference
    with David Salerno Owens, the District's Director of Equity & Strategic Initiatives.