Equity Policy Review Team
To our Tacoma Community - The purpose of the Equity Policy Review Team is to create a space for community voices that can provide the District feedback on inclusive language and equitable practices in District policies. This is a new step in our updated District policy adoption and revision process.
We believe that the Equity Policy Review Team will help the District gather feedback in the policy development and revision process that is inclusive and engages our partners in the ownership of our policies. These approaches could help us ensure that our policies foster equity within the community.
Your voice matters.
All applications have been received and there will be an update provided at the June 24 Board meeting.
Representatives that will review policies and add feedback
The Equity Policy Review Team will also include two Board members, a student board representative and some Tacoma Public Schools staff members. We anticipate the time commitment would be sporadic and minimal. There would be an initial orientation (approximately 1 hour); some suggested orientation reading materials (approximately 1 hour) and then time to review proposed policies and provide feedback (approximately 1 hour per month). For each policy review, there will be an optional meeting for team members to learn more about the policy, to discuss with other team members and to provide verbal feedback. Written feedback will also be accepted from team members. There will be a short turn-around time, however, for feedback as the policy will need to move to the full Board of Directors.
We are looking for a group of 15 members representing diverse and under represented perspectives including but not limited to:
- Native American
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
- Disability (including neurological or physical)
- Gender (including identity and expression)
- National origin or ancestry
- Religious affiliation
- Veteran / Military Community