Equity Council

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Salina USD 305 Equity Council

An Equity Council has been created with the goal of strengthening our school district environment of respect, acceptance and appreciation. The group is made up of 37 individuals including community members, staff and students. They are tasked with identifying challenges by reviewing data, information and feedback. The result of their work will be recommendations and strategies to the USD 305 Board of Education.

June 11, 2019 Press Release

Equity Council members will continue working during the 2019 - 2020 school year. 

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Overview: September 26, 2019

After reviewing and making one correction, the minutes from the August meeting were approved. Members present completed a sheet indicating whether they supported the proposed changes to the bylaws (discussed at the August meeting). The changes will go to the Board of Education for final approval. Everyone took an online implicit bias test* that spurred conversation about their expectations prior to taking the test and its actual results. The council split into four groups to read and process different articles about implicit bias. They completed feedback sheets that were collected before the meeting ended at 6:30 p.m. Superintendent Exline asked that they read an article that will be the source of discussion at the October meeting. The October 24 meeting was rescheduled to October 22 at 5:30 p.m. with the location to be announced (because the District Office is temporarily relocating to Salina West, 501 W. Cloud).

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Overview: August 22, 2019

The Equity Council began their meeting with each introducing her/himself and saying one word or phrase that comes to mind upon hearing equity. The members reviewed bylaws discussed moving the call for membership applications into April and voting on the applications into May. Consideration of the 2019-2020 meeting schedule prompted conversation about increasing the number of meetings. Approval of minutes will be added to the beginning of future meetings. The council reviewed survey feedback collected after the training at the July meeting. Superintendent Exline closed the meeting by asking council members to complete homework before September 26. Members were asked to take an implicit bias test (ProjectImplicit), respond to a survey about the bias test and send Superintendent Exline any articles about implicit bias they recommend.

Overview: July 15, 2019

Training was presented by the Salina Human Relations Department, Evelyn Nelson, Salina Community Relations Supervisor, and Julia Ramos, Salina Community Relations Specialist.

Overview: June 20, 2019

Equity Council members met with Superintendent, Linn Exline, to review their work over the past year and to determine next steps. Following introductions, an updated membership roster and binders were given to members. Mrs. Exline asked everyone to answer six questions: what training/knowledge-building does the council need, what has worked well to date, what needs more investigation, what data needs to be revisited, what is the role of the council and how should the meetings be structured. Members worked in small groups to categorize the responses before reporting out to the council. The council agreed to a July training for diversity/cultural awareness by the Salina Community Relations Division.