Over the last year, Willamalane has dedicated time, staff, and resources to create a district-wide plan to address diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The strategic action plan has been approved by the Board of Directors and includes nine goals and 122 action items to guide Willamalane’s work over the next three to five years. The plan covers initiatives like ongoing staff education, changes to hiring practices, updates to policy, development of community partnerships, and creation of culturally-responsive programs.
Community members can read the full plan and stay updated on Willamalane’s progress at willamalane.org/dei. Willamalane’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Supervisor also gives a report of the month’s activities at each Board of Directors meeting, and all board meetings have an opportunity for public comment. You can learn more about Willamalane Board meetings at willamalane.org/board.
About the initiative, Superintendent Michael Wargo said, "Willamalane is committed to addressing and dismantling the systems of oppression that contribute to ongoing and continued acts of hate and trauma against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, LGBTQIA+ people, women, and individuals experiencing visible and invisible disabilities in our community. Willamalane looks forward to forging relationships with the groups who have been historically excluded in the community. The work that lies ahead for our district will not be easy, but it is a priority at every level of the organization."