The Social Justice and Equity Committee
“Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Equality is treating everyone the same.”—Amy Sun
ABOUT THE COMMITTEE
The Social Justice and Equity Committee is made up of families, faculty, and administrators committed to furthering a culture of belonging, equity and action at Maya Lin School. The committee meets on a monthly basis; working group subcommittees may meet more frequently.
MISSION AND VISION
The Maya Lin School community is committed to creating a school culture where all members of different gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, races, ethnicities, nationalities, and physical and developmental abilities are welcomed, valued, and celebrated. We respect one another, treat our community members with understanding, and work together to ensure the physical and emotional safety of students, families, and staff. The Social Justice and Equity Committee aims to help the school community reach our school’s vision. We believe that when social justice and equity exist for our students and families, and when the community takes action to create a just and equitable environment, our students will exceed their potential, becoming changemakers who will positively impact our world.
WHAT WE DO
The committee is here to support:
- anti-bias curriculum, training, and education throughout our Maya Lin community
- a deepening of cultural respect and celebration of diversity among students, staff, and parents
- restorative practices and proactive responses to incidents that threaten feelings of belonging at school
The committee’s initiatives include:
- Monthly Equity Meetings
- Positive, Inclusive Culture Building: including assemblies, school programs & activities
- Parent Education
- Teacher Professional Development
- Outreach and Advocacy
- Social Justice: a process, not an outcome, which (1) seeks fair (re) distribution of resources, opportunities, and responsibilities; (2) challenges the roots of oppression and injustice; (3) empowers all people to exercise self-determination and realize their full potential; (4) and builds social solidarity and community capacity for collaborative action. (http://socialwelfare.berkeley.edu/social-justice-symposium-about)
- Equity: providing fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
- Diversity: includes all the ways in which people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. While diversity is often used in reference to race, ethnicity, and gender, we embrace a broader definition of diversity that also includes age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. Our definition also includes diversity of thought: ideas, perspectives, and values. We also recognize that some individuals affiliate with multiple identities.
The Alameda Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, family or marital status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please go to http://tinyurl.com/AUSD-NonDiscr-Policy.