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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

 The Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is deeply committed to enhancing the success of diverse students, staff, and the community, as part of the broader goal to enrich the educational experiences and success of every student in the division. The director ensures that equity is embedded in the work of all schools, centers and departments through development and implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion and student achievement.  The office-lead by Dr. Parrott is comprised of a coordinator and executive associate who drive the division’s efforts to create safe, welcoming and equitable teaching and learning environments.

Additionally, the office partners with all departments, schools/centers and the broader community to help develop initiatives aimed at fostering more awareness, advocacy and action. Dr. Parrott reports to the Superintendent of Schools to ensure consistent communication exists with respect to the division’s strategic goals and core values. She provides leadership and strategic oversight of equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives across the division.

The director serves as liaison to the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission and Minority Business Council.  Dr. Parrott also serves as an ombudsman to offer neutral guidance on a variety of equity issues for students and families of VBCPS. Because every situation is unique, the office has discretion to determine how to appropriately respond to a specific situation. Depending on the particular facts and circumstances of a reported situation, the office will typically respond by conducting an investigation, facilitating an alternative resolution, or referring the matter to another department for further guidance and action.

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Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?

Equity in education is a significant challenge nationwide. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2017 the majority of public-school students were students of color, and more than half of public school students qualify for subsidized meals due to low family income. Public education has struggled to serve these students both adequately and equitably. When inequity in education persists, there is a cost to all involved including missed opportunities for economic development, greater dependence on government supports, and fewer Americans ready to serve and lead. School board members, superintendents, teachers, and families play a critical role in creating a climate and curriculum where all students receive the resources they need, so they graduate prepared for success after high school. (VSBA Newsletter, 2020)