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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.

Letter of Support to Families Against Injustice

Sklyert to Parents from Superintendent Dr. Bourff : May 30, 2020 | 1:35 p.m.
As our community celebrates the end of the school year, we are also experiencing a tough reality of lives lost – not only to the global pandemic, but also to racially motivated violence. Recent incidents across the country have caused many of us heartbreak and the feeling of hopelessness at times.  

I understand that my words will not and cannot undo the pain and frustration some of you may be feeling, but I also don’t feel that it is right to remain silent. I feel it is important to affirm publicly that all humans have value and that we must stand in solidarity against injustice, racism, and violence, at all times, but especially when our fellow humans are suffering.  

We cannot deny the ill effects that injustice, racism and violence impose on our very own students, staff, and families. HSE is devoted to creating safe and supportive environments for all students. We hired a Chief Equity and Diversity Officer in 2017, and our administrators and educators are continuously working to develop, evaluate, and improve systems of support for students and for staff. To learn more about this work, watch this video:

Though school is out for the summer, we are aware that needs emerge that do not respect a school calendar. We have provided resource information that you may find helpful when speaking to your children, and please know we are always available to support you and your family and encourage you to reach out when or if you feel we can assist.   



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.


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.