Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA)
Diversity and Inclusion
The Lake Oswego School District celebrates diversity and inclusion. LOSD defines diversity as all the unique identities that our students and families bring to our schools. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive space where children feel a sense of belonging, and where they can thrive regardless of their unique identities.
Diversity is key in developing four skills that are essential in the 21st century: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. LOSD believes that embracing diversity and inclusion prepares students to become lifelong learners and contributing world citizens.
Equity and Access
The Lake Oswego School District commits to achieving educational equity. (Equity Policy) LOSD defines equity as providing access to what each and every student needs to be successful academically and socially. In order to achieve educational equity, LOSD is intentional about examining and removing systemic barriers that create different outcomes for students. The goal is to raise the academic and social achievement of all, while narrowing the opportunity gap amongst the different groups within the LOSD learning community.
Messages and Events
LOSD School Board Resolution:
WHEREAS, from the early settlers of the New World to those still reaching for the American dream today, people of Hispanic and Latinx descent have shaped and strengthened our country; and
WHEREAS, the month of September 15 to October 15 was designated as Hispanic Heritage Month by the United States Congress in 1988; and
WHEREAS, Hispanic, Latino, Latina, and Latinx individuals are diverse group that represent numerous ethnicities and geographic and political regions, identifying with a variety of terms including Latinx, Latino/a, Hispanic, Chicanx, Chicano/a, and country-specific terms, and may also trace their roots to the indigenous peoples of the Americas; and
WHEREAS, Hispanic students comprise 8% of the Lake Oswego School District student population; and
WHEREAS, September 15 was chosen as a date to commemorate the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua) while September 16 commemorates Mexico’s anniversary of independence; and
WHEREAS, this year’s theme is “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope,” which invites us to celebrate Hispanic and Latinx Heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope; and
WHEREAS, the huge and significant impact of Hispanic and Latino cultures and their rich traditions are manifested in the achievements, customs, and laws of this state and nation; and
WHEREAS, like so many other Americans, Hispanic and Latinx people have overcome great obstacles to persevere and flourish in every sector of our society; and
WHEREAS, Hispanic and Latinx Americans make important contributions to our society in American government, law, public service, business, agriculture, commerce, education, the arts, science, and sports; and
WHEREAS, understanding Hispanic and Latinx history is an important part of celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month and creating a culture of belonging in our school communities; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, Lake Oswego School District will celebrate September 15 to October 15 as Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month and encourage our public schools to infuse instructional learning activities to incorporate the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans throughout the school year.
All Students Belong Policy
On November 16, 2020, the LOSD School Board approved the ALL Students Belong Policy which prohibits the display of hate symbols and the use of hate speech in our school community. This is another step forward in our efforts of becoming an anti-bias and anti-racist organization and living up to the District’s core values of equity and inclusion. The All Students Belong Policy makes it clear that hate will not be tolerated nor accepted in our schools. We encourage students to stand against hate by interrupting and reporting any bias and/or racist incident that they witness or personally experience. We want LOSD schools to be safe, welcoming, and loving spaces where all students have the opportunity to be themselves and thrive socially and academically. If you have witnessed or experienced any harm directed to any student, teacher, or staff member based on perceived or actual identity, you can report to your administrator, a trusted staff member, by using the new High School: Hate Speech and Microaggressions or anonymously to SafeOregon.