Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity
Welcome to our Board where All are Welcome!
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. While we have done some important equity work in the LDCSB, we recognize that we have a lot more work to do to eradicate racism and all forms of oppression.
Equity Action Plan
Please refer to Ontario's Education Equity Action Plan.
The LDCSB is currently reviewing and updating our Equity Action Plan to address systemic barriers to student success.
Graduation Coach Program for Black Students
About the Graduation Coach Program for Black Students
The Graduation Coach Program for Black Students is a Ministry of Education initiative designed to provide intensive, culturally responsive support to Black students with the goal of improving their well-being and achievement. The program is entirely voluntary and open to African, Black and Caribbean students from grades 9 to 12 and families who wish to access these supports. The Graduation Coach Program for Black, African and Caribbean students is a targeted initiative that will aid in the support of self-identified Black students along with their families and community with the overall goal of seeing each self-identifying student achieve credits, graduate and successfully transition into post-secondary and/or the workforce.
Why do we need a Graduation Coach Program for Black Students?
As a school board, LDCSB is committed to supporting all students to achieve their full potential. However, we recognize that systemic racism and discrimination are deeply embedded in social, economic, educational and political structures and organizations. This creates systemic barriers that may lead to inequitable outcomes for equity-deserving groups, including members of the Black community. One of the key objectives of this program is to create identity-affirming spaces for Black students.
What is the Role of the Graduation Coach for Black Students
The Graduation Coach Program for Black students provides individualized supports for Black students and their families with the goal of seeing reach student feel safe, supported, accepted, and affirmed. The Graduation Coach acts as a mentor, advocate and adviser for Black students. Academically, the Graduation Coach will support with preparartion into secondary and post-secondary transitions, with course credits and community accumulation. The Graduation Coach is committed to collaborating with school administrators, educators, staff, families, post-secondary institutions, and community resources to support Black student achievement and well-being.
If interested in participating in the program, please print out and complete the permission form below. You can also complete the online participation form.
LDCSB Inclusive Calendar 2023-24
At the London District Catholic School Board, we aim to celebrate and honour the diversity that is represented in our school communities. The purpose of this inclusive calendar is to recognize important dates, weeks and months of the school year. This is a living document; therefore, the calendar will continue to be update over time as needed. We welcome any feedback that you may have.
September 1: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
September 4: Labour Day
September 8: International Literacy Day
September 8: Nativity of the Virgin Mary
September 15-17: Rosh Hashanah
September 17-23: International Week of the Deaf
September 23: International Day of Sign Languages
September 24: World Day of Migrants and Refugees
September 25: Franco-Ontarian Day
September 27: Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul (Patron Saint of charities)