Capital Region ESD 113 is working toward institutional equity, diversity, and inclusion.
What is “Equity”?
Equity is the state that would be achieved if individuals fared the same way in society regardless of race, gender, class, language, disability, or any other social or cultural characteristic. In practice, equity means everyone receives necessary supports in a timely fashion so they can develop their full intellectual, social, and physical potential. (Adapted from the National Association for the Education of Young Children)
Putting it into practice:
To help us in this work and guide our decision-making, Capital Region ESD 113 is using an equity lens. This lens is a set of 5 questions:
- Whom does it impact?
- Who has the opportunities, and who does not?
- Whose voices are at the table?
- Who is or is not included, and why?
- What can I do about it?
Some of our staff have chosen to include personal pronouns in their email signature blocks or on their name tags at events. Including pronouns is intended to respect people’s gender identity, work against cisnormativity (the assumption that a person’s gender identity matches their gender assigned at birth), and create a more welcoming space for people of all genders. If someone shares their pronouns with you, it’s meant to provide you with the information you need in order to refer to them appropriately.