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We Believe In Social Justice Through Inclusion and Diversity

The WISH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is an advisory group comprised of faculty, staff, administrators, family members, and community members that help support the school and the greater population to intentionally move towards a more inclusive community of all races, religions, sexual orientations, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, all identities, and all abilities. Through leadership, education, communication, planning, and other support systems, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is committed to ensuring that all members of the community are valued and included.

At WISH, we believe that every person is entitled to:
-Equitable, fair, and just treatment within an atmosphere of caring and belonging
-Full access along the continuum of ability, identity, and experience
-An intentional, ongoing effort to ensure all individuals are fully represented and can participate in all aspects of organizational work, including decision-making processes.
-Being valued and respected members of our school and the greater community.

WISH’s Commitment to Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity is an on-going process and growth cycle that involves explicit daily actions:
-At WISH, we commit to continually re-examine our practices to ensure we are creating systems and supports that serve our entire community.
-As an organization, we must apply authentic introspection regarding our own diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. We must be disciplined in how we reflect and reconsider, and when we fall short, we must acknowledge and repair.

In this ongoing work, we make a solidarity commitment to:
-Create spaces in our organization for diverse voices to be heard, especially those of our students;
-Continue to ensure ongoing professional development on implicit bias, diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, reaching every employee of WISH;
-Ongoing professional development for WISH around delivering culturally relevant, responsive and anti-racist instruction;
-Continual training for WISH staff around restorative practices and trauma-informed practices in an effort to re-examine current discipline policies;
-Continue to ensure our educators reflect the diversity of our student population and that this includes school leaders, WCA leadership, School Site Council, and board members;
-Develop an equity audit and engage stakeholders to ensure equal access and treatment;
-Collaborate with parents, faculty, administration to ensure our Diversity and Inclusion Committee will ensure ongoing dialogue about our equity, inclusion and anti-racism work as a school community; and
-Evaluate our student handbooks, and specifically, our student codes of conduct to address social norms around racial slurs, implicit racial bias, and instances of prejudice in all forms, and revise as necessary.

At WISH, we believe in the transformative power of education, we know that each of us has a part in this and we must continue to listen to one another and evolve. We seek to contribute to a world shaped by respect, equality, and justice for all.
 
If you would like to discuss any subjects related to how we embrace diversity and inclusion at all levels in our school and community or have suggestions for any area that may need additional focus, please reach out to the committee heads, WCA leadership or your school principal.