Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Vision Statement

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will create and sustain a district-wide culture that universally uses culturally responsive teaching and equitable practices to ensure that all students, regardless of the schools they attend, their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, native language, or economic status, have access to exceptional teaching and resources needed for each to continually experience high levels of academic achievement and social development.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Mission Statement

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) is committed to a culturally responsive workplace which enables us to build a greater understanding of our students, staff and community. We embrace the challenge of eradicating district and community wide inequities to build and sustain a diverse workforce, champion inclusive curriculum, and implement data driven approaches to close achievement and opportunities gaps for all students and staff. Our efforts are intentional and not limited to assessing and evaluating district policies and practices, but to ensure equitable fiscal accountability in the resources, programs, services and partnerships of our learning community. We instill that equity is not a choice, but our responsibility in creating and sustaining the academic and operational excellence that is Arlington Public Schools.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy Statement

Through strategic initiatives and partnerships, policy review and stewardship, our efforts are championed to ensure we support an educational organization where our growth is reflected in our staff, students, and community members.

APS Equity Policy

The School Board approved a new Equity policy (A-30) on Aug. 20, 2020 that includes governance in four key areas: Governance Equity Practices; Educational Equity Practices; Workforce Equity Practices; and Operational Equity Practices. The equity policy has been in development since the Fall of 2018 as a directive from the School Board and has been a collaborative effort that included input from many internal and external stakeholders.

View School Board Policy A-30 Equity

APS Strategic Plan

DEI’s Mission, Vision, and Strategy are aligned to the APS Strategic Plan.

A Message From the Superintendent and School Board

The tragic death of George Floyd and many others before him, as well as the events that have unfolded since, are bringing into stark focus the pervasive injustice and inequality that African Americans face every day in our society from systemic and institutionalized racism. Read full statement 

Please contact us if you have any comments, questions or concerns: dei@apsva.us
Twitter page: @dei_aps