Equitable Outcomes & Culture of Belonging: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA)
LOSD Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access
The Lake Oswego School District is committed to achieving educational equity (Equity Policy). The goal is to raise the academic and social achievement of all students while narrowing any existent opportunity gaps within the LOSD learning community.
The Lake Oswego School District believes that equity, access, diversity, inclusion, and anti-bias/anti-racism are essential to the development of the following 21st Century skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. The LOSD community has identified the following working definitions of these key terms:
Equity: Giving every member of our learning community the distinct opportunities, supports and resources they need to develop and thrive.
Access: Providing diverse pathways and necessary supports that remove physical and/or other barriers to ensure meaningful educational opportunities and equitable outcomes for all people.
Diversity: Acknowledging, understanding and celebrating all the characteristics and experiences that make people different from one another.
Inclusion: Recognizing every individual as an essential part of the learning community with a right to authentic, meaningful participation and decision making.
Anti-bias, anti-racism: Actively challenging stereotyping, prejudice and all forms of discrimination in order to create a community that supports all dimensions of human differences, including culture, race, language, ability, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, socioeconomic, and other areas of social differences.
These working definitions will be used to drive the district’s continual improvement plan, which prioritizes a culture of belonging and equitable outcomes, and will be supported by the District’s commitment to:
- Removing barriers that interfere with students' wellbeing, resiliency, sense of belonging or ability to learn and thrive.
- Removing the predictability of failure and success that currently corresponds to social and cultural factors.
- Interrupting inequitable practices, examining biases and creating inclusive school environments.
- Providing pathways, accommodations and supports for all students.
- Discovering and cultivating the unique gifts, interests and talents that every human possesses.
- Expecting educators to plan for all learners so that each and every one of them can meet rigorous standards and experience growth.
- Providing a safe and inclusive space where people feel a sense of belonging, and can thrive regardless of their unique identities.
- Protecting and supporting the mental, physical and social health of all students, families, staff, and visitors.
Messages and Events
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
The Asian Cultural Festival in April was a huge success! Thank you LOHS Asian American Student Union for bringing our community together for a celebratory day of activities, food and performances.
A big thank you to all LOSD members who have helped us celebrate Black History Month 2022.
(Art by LOHS student Zara S.)
"I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept." Angela Davis
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.