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Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusivity

LDCSB Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusivity Commitments
 
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 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 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), Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusivity School Champions. 
 
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. 
 

 

The Anti-Racism, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee is engaged in the following further actions: 

Available resources, processes and evidence-informed strategies to foster anti-racism, diversity and inclusivity will be reviewed and recommendations will be made as to where we should invest. 

 

Learning Services will work on embedding anti-racism, including anti-black racism, education into each curriculum area to ensure a cross-curricular approach. 
This week will continue to focus on inclusivity, specifically on anti-racism. 
Collaborate with Student Senate to create a Diversity Minister on every Secondary Student Council, and including a Diversity Minister on every Elementary Student Council  
The Anti-Racism, Diversity and Inclusivity School Champion will be provided with opportunities for further training (such as Deep Diversity) as well as opportunities to collaborate with other Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusivity Champions
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. 
There will be a focus on anti-racism, diversity, and inclusivity with respect to school improvement. 
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.
We will continue to partner with the Diocese as we take actions to address systemic racism and discrimination. 
Looking at actions we can take to increase diversity and ensure bias-free hiring practices.