Diversity and Equity
Shawnee Mission School District Diversity and Equity Mission Statement
The Shawnee Mission School District embraces its role in establishing a long-term mission and vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion by relentlessly creating a fully unified, equitable, and inclusive culture. It is our mission to value differences and to actively promote inclusion and equity. We will not accept an unwelcoming or unsafe environment for our students and staff. We envision a district where every student is encouraged to achieve their highest potential, and where we can maximize our differences to achieve excellence. We will fully embrace our rich, diverse community.
We recognize that it will take growth, change, hard work and vigilance to achieve and maintain this vision.
The Shawnee Mission School District is committed to valuing all students and to meeting their individual learning needs, while concurrently developing their understanding and respect of the differences that make each and every student unique, thus preparing students to live in an inclusive, global community and world.
The Department of Family and Student Services provides district leadership around issues of diversity and equity. If you believe that you have been discriminated against, or if you have questions or concerns related to diversity and equity in the Shawnee Mission School District, please contact your building principal.
Per the Board Policy AC:
The Shawnee Mission School District is strongly committed to maintaining an educational environment and workplace that is free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs, services, activities, and facilities. The District will provide equal opportunity in all areas of education, recruiting, hiring, retention, promotion, and contracted service. The District strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment against students, employees, or others on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, or any statutorily prohibited basis. Any form of discrimination or harassment toward any person associated with the District, regardless of where the conduct occurs, is a violation of this policy. The District also strictly prohibits retaliatory actions against those who engage in protected activities.
Dr. Tyrone Bates
Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Shawnee Mission librarians have created a webpage featuring books and resources that promote and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion for elementary and high school students.