Scott Grimes, assistant superintendent of human services for Grand Haven Area Public Schools, said it makes sense for the groups to connect because diversity issues involve bullying and harassment.
Grimes updated the Grand Haven school board Monday night about the district’s three- to five-year target to provide safe and supportive schools for all students. The district also has a one-year goal to coordinate diversity efforts and emphasize acceptance and inclusion of all students.
“Having a larger group of staff working toward common goals helps facilitate the successful implementation of various activities and initiatives,” Grimes said.
The combined committee's 33 members include administrators, teachers and counselors from each building. They meet on a monthly basis.
All Grand Haven school staff have been trained in "cultural competency" through the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance.
Grimes said there are also training opportunities available for staff such as the Racial Equity Institute, Safe Zone and Restorative Circles, which supports individuals in conflict by bringing together those impacted, the person committing the action and witnesses to discuss the events.
Grimes said the district is also proud to be involved with the Diversity Initiative of Northwest Ottawa County.
“Grand Haven Area Public Schools recognizes the importance of, and is committed to, diversity," he said, "and believes that focused, organized and deliberate efforts are required to improve the environment within the district to ensure our vision of ‘Success For All.’”
The group looks to engage the district through creating two or three initiatives at each school building.
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