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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.

Equity

This term is the concept of giving students what is needed to succeed or survive, based on where they are at individually and where they aspire to go.

Diversity
The term diversity is used to describe a numerical representation of differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, language, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations).
 
Inclusion
The term inclusion is used to describe the act of being included and ongoing engagement with diversity. It reflects the intentional ways and methods that bring awareness to diversity and the individuals served within our district.

Inclusive Excellence Model

The Inclusive Excellence model derives from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. It reflects the belief that diversity and equitable practices lead to educational excellence. Therefore, equitable practices must be visible at all levels, from instructional practices to community relations. Differences are viewed as strengths and unite us.
 
The areas of focus include the following:
 
Access and Equity- Objective related to inclusive and equitable representation
Climate -Objective related to the experiences that are inclusive and supportive of all students
Diversity in the Curriculum and Co-Curriculum- Objective related to infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion into the instructional experience
Learning and Development- Objective related to improving the cultural fluency of the department/school
Intercultural Engagement- Objective related to the skills and motivation to build partnerships and social capital for schools
 
HSE equity coaches and building level teams devise goals, strategies, and targeted outcomes for the five areas of focus to advance inclusive practices.
 

 


Dr. Erica Buchanan-Rivera is the Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer. In Hamilton Southeastern Schools we value diversity and the importance of creating spaces where everyone belongs. Dr. Buchanan-Rivera will work with HSE staff and families to ensure that we are promoting inclusive excellence throughout the district.
 

HSE Diversity Student Organizations

S.A.F.E (Student Alliance for Equity)
R.A.D. (Riverside Accepts Diversity)
Muslim Student Association
Black Student Union
World Connections
Future Black Leaders
GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance)
Beyond Me (Haitian Entrepreneurship)
Stigma Free

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
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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.