The department of Diversity and Engagement is committed to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all students, staff, and community stakeholders within the Olathe Public School District.
Key Terms Defined
Diversity: All the ways in which individuals are similar and different that impact and influence interactions with one another. Includes but is not limited to race, color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, veteran status, education, marital status, language, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, genetic information, and learning styles.
Equity: The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. The principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically under-served and under-represented populations and that fairness regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to assist equality in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups.
Inclusion: Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power and ensures equal access to opportunities and resources.
Cultural Awareness Resources
Self-Guided Learning from Teaching Tolerance
Classroom Resources from Teaching Tolerance
The Urgency of Intersectionality
Creating Equitable Classrooms: Becoming Aware of Our Implicit Biases