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Diversity Committee

Diversity Committee Mission Statement 

Through authentic learning opportunities, Mason Public Schools is committed to an inclusive environment. Our students, staff, and community respectfully acknowledge and value the diverse cultures, lifestyles, experiences, perspectives, and identities of each other. 

Adopted: 3/11/2020

District Statement to the Community

April 21, 2021

It was announced yesterday that Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd. His death was horrible and the circumstances around his death as well as others have continued to spark civil unrest across the country and within our state and community. 

Our District is home to 3,200 students and 500 employees. We must remember that a school can be a second home for students to process current events as they happen. It is a place where students can talk to their peers, their teachers and their counselors to try and make sense of the world around them. We need to come together and support each other and our young people during this time. 

Our goal at Mason Public Schools is to create an equitable and inclusive environment for all. Over the past several years, we have used our core values to hold ourselves accountable for our behaviors with one another and to define how we connect and treat each other. Our core values of compassion, integrity and respect guide us as we process what is happening across our nation and community. 

It is important that we continue our diversity, equity and inclusion work and celebrate our differences. We expect that through these efforts, Mason Public Schools will continue to examine all aspects of the student experience and support safe spaces for our students and staff. We as a nation and community must move forward with positive and intentional actions to address systemic inequities, respectfully acknowledge and value the diverse cultures, lifestyles, experiences and perspectives, and identities of each other.  

-Mason Public Schools

MPS Works with Diversity Consultant to Explore Equity and Inclusion

Consultant Dr. Karlin Tichenor

We are in this together

June 1, 2020

Dear Mason Public Schools Family,

The events including the death of George Floyd and the destruction across the country are devastating. The grief and pain are real for so many. And for the children of our community this is yet another event that can add to the already confusing and frustrating world they have had to endure over the past several months.

Our goal at Mason Public Schools is to create an environment of inclusion for all. Over the past several years, we have used our core values to define the way we connect with one another, treat each other and make ourselves accountable for our behavior with one another. Our core values of compassion and integrity can guide us as we process what is happening across our nation.

We should remember that school is more than just a textbook or online learning environment for students. It is also a place for students to process current events as they happen. A place where they can talk to their peers, their teachers and their counselors to try and make sense of the world around them. Unfortunately, we are in an environment which makes it more challenging than normal for us to work through this tragedy together.

We need to do all we can to support harmony and togetherness in our schools. Our Diversity Committee meets this Wednesday and we will discuss the current circumstances in our country and the impact it has on our students, families and our community. We want to empower this group and our families and staff as we move forward to be stronger, smarter, and safer together.

Kurt Creamer
Board President

Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S.
Superintendent

Diversity Committee Co-Chairs

Michael Prelesnik  prelesnikm@masonk12.net

Angie Vandecar  vandecara@masonk12.net

Diversity Committee Members

Diversity Committee Member List

Diversity Sub-Committees

  • Instructional Practices and Curriculum Design
  • Educator Development and Resources 
  • Student Experience
  • District Policies, Guidelines, and Practices
  • Community Education and Toolkits
  • Membership

Diversity Committee Resources

2020-22 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Implementation Plan

Committee Goals

Committee Norms

Diversity Committee Meeting Dates

June 17, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. - Notice of Virtual Meeting
July 8, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. - Notice of Virtual Meeting
August 12, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. Notice of Virtual Meeting
September 9, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. Notice of Virtual Meeting
October 14, 2020 - 5:30 p.m.  Meeting canceled
November 11, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. 
December 9, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. Notice of Virtual Meeting
January 13, 2021 - 5:30 p.m. Notice of Virtual Meeting
February 10, 2021 - 5:30 p.m. Notice of Virtual Meeting
March 10, 2021 - 5:30 p.m. Notice of Virtual Meeting and Updated Link
April 14, 2021 - 5:30 p.m. Notice of Virtual Meeting
May 5, 2021 - 5:30 p.m. Notice of Virtual Meeting

Diversity Committee Agendas

December 4, 2019
January 15, 2020
February 19, 2020
March 11, 2020
June 3, 2020
June 17, 2020
July 8, 2020
August 12, 2020
September 9, 2020
November 11, 2020
December 9, 2020
January 13, 2021
February 10, 2021
March 10, 2021
April 14, 2021
May 5, 2021

Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes

December 4, 2019
January 15, 2020
February 19, 2020
March 11, 2020
June 3, 2020
June 17, 2020
July 8, 2020
August 12, 2020
September 9, 2020
November 11, 2020
December 9, 2020
January 13, 2021
February 10, 2021
March 10, 2021
April 14, 2021
May 5, 2021

Black History Month

Resources for Teachers February 2021

Mason Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In-Service Video February 26, 2021

In-Service Video February 26, 2021

Surveys

D.E.I. Teacher and Administrator Survey Questionnaire - January 2021

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion P.D. Survey - February 26, 2021

D.E.I. Book Recommendations 

Books Recommended by Dr. Carter Andrews & Dr. Curtis Lewis

 

Diversity Wordle