WSESD Diversity & Equity Committee Agenda and Minutes


Diversity and Equity Committee

53 Green Street

Brattleboro, VT 05301


The Windham Southeast School District Diversity and Equity Committee will meet remotely at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2020 via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 816 5620 7616

Passcode: 0jjEmr


I. CALL TO ORDER – 4:30 p.m. – Thomas Nolan

II. Approval of Minutes – July 27, 2020

III. Discuss Possible Implicit Bias Training Options

IV. Review and Discuss CRG Proposals

V. Find progress on identifying Diversity & Equity Teacher Leaders from each school, along with progress on creating “space and provide the resources necessary for teachers to do the internal work of becoming critically conscious, reflective antiracist practitioners.”

VI. Progress on Hiring Since July


Diversity Committee Minutes July 27, 2020

Convened at 4:33PM.

Members present: Thomas Nolan, chair; Shaun Murphy, Anne Beekman, David Schoales, Tim Maciel.

Staff – Mikaela Simms, Maureen Hart, Shannon Kelly

Public/media- Kevin O’Connor.

1. The minutes of June 22 were approved.

2. Follow-up- shall we explore the possibility of offering incentives to attract staff candidates of color?

3. Bor Yang, Ex. Director of the VT HR Commission presented opportunities for policy development, education and training around implicit bias and related topics. Also does follow-up activities around race, other difficult conversations, privilege, and poverty. They offer two-hour trainings; interactive, to stimulate discussion; and follow-up activities. Bor will send descriptions, costs, availability.

4. Shaun presented the history of the BUHS mascot. Committee informally decides to think over Colonels name issue to see if anything further needs to be done, including asking students what they would like to see.


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