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. 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 as expressed through race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, immigration status, language background, language proficiency, and family structure.

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 your student has been discriminated against, or if you have questions or concerns related to diversity and equity in the Shawnee Mission School District, please first contact your building principal.

Per the Board Policy JGECA:
Any student who believes he or she has been subject to racial or disability harassment or has witnessed an act of alleged racial or disability harassment, should discuss the alleged harassment with the building principal, another administrator, the guidance counselor, or another certified staff member. Any school employee who receives a complaint of racial or disability harassment from a student shall inform the student of the employee’s obligation to report the complaint and any proposed resolution of the complaint to the building principal.

Link to: Shawnee Mission School District Policies pursuant to Racial and Disability Harassment

Dr. Tyrone Bates

Dr. Tyrone Bates
Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Find information on resources, events, speakers, and organizations here


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.

Elementary Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

Secondary Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources