MRUSD's Equity Committee Home Page

Who we are:

The MRUSD equity committee is a team of staff, administration, community members, and students committed to challenging systems of oppression and acts of bias in our schools and beyond. We are dedicated to increasing equity literacy and uplifting one another to create lasting change toward justice.

Our History:

The MRUSD Equity Committee was formed in 2016 in response to a call from the community for our schools to examine the experience of students of color following the Black Lives Matter march that culminated across from the highschool. This committee started with staff, administrator, and community members in year one and we grappled to find our group identity. In year two a smaller group of MRUSD staff continued the work as a professional learning group to improve our own understanding of equity and anti-bias education. In years three and four, we have been striving to become a more action oriented team, working with Rebecca Haslam of Seed the Way to build internal capacity for further professional development and critical conversations on race, gender, poverty, ability, and so on. We are currently working on a road map for the district to further this work. In Fall of 2020, the team will be opened back up to community members and will have a student branch.

Definition of Educational Equity Developed by VSBA & VSA

Educational equity means that each student receives the resources and educational opportunities they need to learn and thrive.

● Equity means that a student’s success is not predicted nor predetermined by characteristics such as race, ethnicity, religion, family economics, class, geography, disability, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or initial proficiencies.

● Equity means that every school provides high quality curriculum, programs, teachers and administrators, extracurricular activities and support services.

● Equity goes beyond formal equality where all students are treated the same. Achieving equity may require an unequal distribution of resources and services.

● Equity involves disrupting inequitable practices, acknowledging biases, employing practices that reflect the reality that all students will learn, and creating inclusive multicultural school environments for adults and children.