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Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusivity

The LDCSB is committed to improving the experiences and outcomes of all students, including Indigenous students, Black and other racialized groups of students, students with disabilities and/or special education needs, 2SLGBTQ+ students, students from low-income households, and students new to Canada. As a Catholic community, equity, diversity, justice and inclusion are values rooted in our Faith.
 
In addition, the LDCSB believes that a culture of collaboration, trust and respect can strengthen our partnerships with students, staff, family, and community. We are committed to celebrating the diversity, dignity, success, and worth of all individuals, and seek to strengthen our recognition of all voices in our community.  
 
As stewards of Catholic education, we believe in the sacredness of human life. We recognize that systemic racism impacts the daily lives of our students, staff and families in ways that are unjust and prevalent. We have done some important equity work in LDCSB and we recognize that we have a lot more work to do to eradicate racism. 
 
We have provided Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs Them: Leadership Skills for Inclusive Schools and Workplaces training for all school and system leaders. We have continued and will continue to provide Deep Diversity training for various staff groups such as Chaplaincy Leaders, Social Workers, Learning Services (Central Education Staff) and Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusivity School Champions. Our board continues to provide Professional Development for educators around equitable practices in schools.
 
The Equity Continuum: Action for Critical Transformation in Schools and Classrooms resource that was provided schools will continue to be a resource for schools to use to audit their schools from an anti-racism lens. Through both the School Belonging Plan and the School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being, schools will be asked to identify specific initiatives they will undertake.
 
In the classroom, our board continues to work on embedding anti-racism education into each curriculum area to ensure that we are teaching through a Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy (CRRP) lens. We also recognize and celebrate the diversity of all our students throughout the year through school-wide events such as Black History Month.
 
In our schools, we value inclusion and thus we acknowledge Belonging Week. In 2021, the theme was All Are Welcome Here. We also have a Diversity Minister in every Secondary and Elementary Student Council. This year, our schools will be participating in a board-wide census to learn more about our students. More information about the Student Census will be coming soon!
 
We will continue our partnership with LUSO Community Services Multicultural Outreach Program which has provided a sustained effort to eliminate hatred, racism and discrimination in our schools and community through cultural competency and sensitivity education, as well as supporting students and staff in navigating difficult conflicts and conversations, and providing important healing and reconciliation for families, students, and the communities in which they live. 
 
We continue to partner with the Dioceses as well as other community organizations such as King's University College and the City of London. Please see our school board's policy on promoting businesses, groups, events and movements.
 
The theme for Belonging Week 2021 was All Are Welcome Here. Please see the video created by students for Belonging Week.
 
 
The LDCSB is currently reviewing and updating our Equity Action Plan to address systemic barriers to student success.
LDCSB schools and offices are committed to nurturing a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. Catholics believe that everyone is made in the image and likeness of a God who created us and loves us unconditionally – just as we are. We are called to love and celebrate one another, just as God loves and celebrates each one of us. We honour the inherent dignity in each other by treating one another with care, compassion, and respect.
 
There are students and staff in LDCSB schools who either personally identify as 2SLGBTQ+ or have immediate family members who do. Catholic education is rooted in the fundamental value of inclusion based upon Jesus’ exhortation “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (John 13:34). 
 
The LDCSB recognizes the struggles that members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community have endured in the past, and that many continue to be marginalized today. Every day provides an opportunity to reflect upon ways in which we can ensure that all our students, staff and parents feel welcomed and valued. 
 
At the LDCSB, we strive to ensure that we support our educators, our students and their families with resources and materials that will enable better understanding and recognition. 
In 2022, the LDCSB distributed an Inclusion and Recognition survey to staff, students, families and community members. The results of this survey will assist in developing a process for proper acknowledgement and recognition of students, families, community groups/associations, and charitable organizations, one that is inclusive, equitable, and reflective of the mission and vision of the Board.