FAQs for Equity and Inclusion
Desired Equity Experience Statement: We are committed to cultivating a safe, welcoming, nurturing, and supportive environment for every child, parent, caregiver, visitor, community partner, and fellow employee in every school each day.
What is Educational Equity?
When educational policies, practices, interactions, and resources, are representative of, constructed by, and responsive to all people such that each individual has access to, can meaningfully participate, and make progress in high-quality learning experiences that empowers them towards self-determination and reduces disparities in outcomes regardless of individual characteristics and cultural identities (Fraser, 2008; Great Lakes Equity Center, 2013).
Where can I find MCCSC data and statistics on historically marginalized and underrepresented students?
You can find data from the Indiana Department of Education on a variety of topics here.
What is MCCSC theory to advance Educational Equity?
- Increase self-awareness of employee cultural and personal identities.
- Explore issues of power and privilege as they relate to race, culture, and difference.
- Engage in ongoing conversations with family, friends, and school community about the role culture has in teaching and learning.
- Participate in learning to gain knowledge in areas such as intercultural communication, culturally responsive teaching, and leadership practices to support equity.
- Pursue social justice in all school community practices by actively addressing institutional bias.
- High-Quality Professional Development
What is a bias incident?
A bias incident targets an individual based on their age, color, religion, disability (physical or mental), race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status, as identified in the student code of conduct.
What are we talking about?
We’re talking about intolerance, discrimination, hostility, harassment, hate, mistreatment, prejudice, bigotry, injustice, favoritism, homophobia, xenophobia, racism, tendency, ageism, privilege, marginalization, retaliation, bullying, incivility, stereotyping, and microaggressions.
What are some examples of bias incidents?
- A student is verbally harassed for being from another country.
- A wall is defaced with anti-Semitic phrases.
- A joke is told that is demeaning to women.
- A teacher or staff member makes a racially disparaging comment in class.
- A student uses a physical or mental disability to insult someone.
- A poster is displayed that singles out a racial or ethnic group to intimidate.
- A teacher tells a student to expect to struggle due to stereotypes about the student’s gender, race, and or religious identity.
- A person intentionally ridicules another person for the pronouns that person uses.
- A person intentionally harasses you based upon your socio-economic status.
Please note that this list is not all-encompassing. If you believe you have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, please report it.
How can I report bias or discrimination?
If you feel comfortable speaking to a member of your school's staff or administration, please share the information with them. You can also report the information online (anonymously if you choose) by using the Tip Line. A link to the Tip Line form is available on the MCCSC homepage and the MCCSC app. The Tip Line should not be used for emergencies. In cases of emergency where someone's safety is at risk, call 911.
How can I arrange a meeting with the Equity and Inclusion Coordinator?
You can contact Rafi-Khalid Hasan II, the Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.