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Equity and Inclusion

In Hamilton Southeastern Schools we define equity as the concept of giving each individual what is needed to succeed within our global society. Cultural studies demonstrate that students need to feel identity-safe within educational settings in order to experience success. Identity-safe spaces affirm the strengths of students and allow for them to be their authentic selves. Given that research, assessment data, and qualitative studies convey that identity-safety significantly influences teaching and learning, student diversity challenges us to explore ways to bridge cultural differences and devise responsive practices that affirm the identities of each learner. Each student deserves a school where educators teach inclusively and dismantle barriers that prohibit students from being their authentic selves.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Hamilton Southeastern Schools

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) seeks to ensure that everything we do District-wide—learning and teaching, strategic planning, hiring, professional learning, technology, operations and communications—considers diversity, equity and inclusion.

Nataki Pettigrew, joined the District in January 2021 as the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Hamilton Southeastern Schools. Pettigrew, a parent of three children (two in the district), previously served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and directed Special Services at Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis.
In her new position, Pettigrew will continue to lead the development of HSE Schools’ inclusive practices and fulfill the district’s commitment to recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse staff and educating a diverse student body. Additionally, the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer position, which was created in 2019, will provide professional development and training for stakeholders in an effort to improve an inclusive, supportive culture.

Please use this section of the website to learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at Hamilton Southeastern Schools and to guide your own knowledge about how you can support diversity in our schools, in our community and our world.   

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DEI Calendar Opportunities

Important April Awareness Dates: 
  • Autism Awareness Month
  • Genocide Awareness Month
  • Celebrate Diversity Month
  • Arab American Heritage Month
  • School Librarian Month
  • April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
  • April 2 – Good Friday (Christian)
  • April 4 – Easter (Christian)
  • April 8 – Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
  • April 12 – Ramadan begins (Muslim)
  • April 14 – New Year’s Day (Sikh)
  • April 20 – Start of Rivdan (Baha’i)
  • April 23 – National Day of Silence (LGBTQ+)
Learning Opportunities:

  • Panorama: Celebrating & Supporting Black Male Achievement in K-12 Education April 13 Register Here
  • IUPUI School of Education Webinar Presentation: Black Lives Matter at Schools. April 15 Register Here
  • HSE Pride Series: Awareness, Advocacy, & Allyship to support LGBTQ+ students April 22 FLYER Register Here
  • HSE Social Justice Series: No More Dreams Deferred: Centering Black Boys’ experiences in K-12 education April 26 FLYER Register Here
  • HSE Social Justice Series: United Against Hate: Supporting our Asian and Pacific Islander students FLYER Register Here
  • Bond Academy: “Making up for Lost Time: Advancing Pedagogy and Practice in a New Education World.” May 14-16 Register Here
  • The Ohio State: Suburban Policies to End Systemic Racism April 22 Register Here
  • IUPUI School of Education: The Pandemic a Year Later- Addressing the SEL of Students & Families April 24 Register Here

  • IU Spring 2021 Series:
  • IU Bloomington LGBTQ+ Culture Center: Intro to Sexuality Register Here April 13, 2021 2:00-3:30pm
  • IU Bloomington LGBTQ+ Culture Center: Intro to Gender Register Here April 27, 2021 2:00-3:30pm 

Inclusive Excellence in Hiring:

Future Workshops with HSE Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer:

  • The Homework Gap: Inequities & Solutions associated with the practice of assigning homework
  • The Marathon Continues: Smart Start (Tips for starting a new school year)
  • Community-Wide Book Study


Hamilton Southeastern Schools

  • Central Office
  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
  • Office Hours: M - F 7:30am - 4:30pm 
  • (317) 594-4100  (800) 905-6665

  • HSE Schools wants to hear from you! To send a general inquiry to the District Administration Office, click here. 

Our Mission

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.