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
The LO School Board, considering inputs from the SRO Listening Sessions and Needs Assessment, has directed the Superintendent to convene a task force to study options to address the district needs that are currently served through the SRO program and to make a recommendation to the Board on how to move forward in a way that centers student health and well-being.
This Superintendent Ad Hoc Task Force will be composed of parents-guardians, students, teachers and staff members of multiple perspectives. The Ad Hoc Task Force will meet 4-5 times in April and May to make a recommendation to the Superintendent to submit to the School Board by end of May, early June 2021
The task force participants will be selected based on role in the district, school representation, qualifications and lived experiences.
Not On Our Watch! Is a group of students dedicated to interrupt microaggressions and bias incidents in our schools. Whenever we witness bias and racist incidents, we will interrupt (as long as it is safe) or seek the help of adults and take the appropriate steps to connect and correct the situation. Members will receive training and the group will start functioning during the 2021-2022 academic year. If you are interested in being part of this group, enter your information in the form below. We will send you more information and meeting dates. Thank you for helping us stop microaggressions and bullying in our schools.
*Please note that when using the term bias, it applies to all dimensions of human differences, including culture, race, language ability, learning styles, ethnicity, family structure, religion, sexual orientation, gender and socioeconomic differences.
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.
Water Tower Incident: A Call for Compassion and Care
It has come to our attention that one of the City’s water towers had been defaced with hurtful and hateful graffiti. Upon learning this, we immediately contacted the City to discuss and ensure clean up, which the City has completed.
LOSD stands firm in our value of embracing diversity in all its forms, and condemns any act of hate that negatively affects our students and families of color. Most importantly, hateful language and symbols hurt the entire community and diminish the spirit of care that we advocate to strengthen. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to ensure that every child and adult feels safe and that our differences and similarities as human beings are valued and respected.
We are living in an exceedingly difficult era. People across our community and country are hurting in many ways. This is a time for increased compassion for one another and we implore each member of our community to reflect on how they are contributing to, or can contribute to, a greater sense of connection, understanding and care.
Dr. Lora de la Cruz