Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
The CDSBEO focus on Equitable and Inclusive Education prepares students to be collaborative contributors who respect the rights of all and contribute to the common good. Through these initiatives, students have the opportunity to grow to become responsible citizens who give witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice, and the sacredness of human life. Many rich learning opportunities and programs are provided to students which support cultural awareness and understanding, including an inspiring virtual speaker series, celebrations and learning for Black History Month and Asian Heritage Month. Additionally, special projects for staff and students have been delivered by the Religious and Family Life Department which support the Board spiritual theme of belonging: I Belong Here – Together we are God’s good news!
Board administrators will also participate in three equity leadership sessions during the 2021-2022 school year, continuing the work on critical consciousness in education with Dr. Nicole West-Burns. The Building Foundations in Equity: Administrators’ Series, helps school leaders to build their knowledge and examine the critical role they play in equity work. Throughout the spring, Equity School Team Leaders will also attend five sessions to further explore Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).
In the area of Indigenous Education, CDSBEO has continued its work with land-based teachings, working with community partners, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Knowledge Keepers and Elders, and supporting schools through resources, projects, Teams pages and traditional teachings.