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USD 259 now ‘diverse,’ but can students read and multiply?

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

On paper, Wichita governnment-run schools don’t discriminate based on “culture” or “socioeconomic status” — that won’t affect the wealthy, because they can afford private schools.

From KSN in Wichita:

The Wichita school board adopted three new diversity policies that now include sexual orientation in its language.

One policy reads: “The Wichita public schools shall ensure that there is no discrimination based on but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, socioeconomic status, religion, disability, or skill level in the placement, instruction, and guidance of pupils.”

“It’s the first step to change everywhere,” said Keynon Tucker after the vote.

Keynon’s with the group Student’s United who first approached the board on the subject back in 2007.

“The young men continued to yell such things as fags and then grab sand and threw it in our faces, and I was gay bashed,” Jasmine, a North High Senior told the Board at that 2007 meeting.

The students wanted sexual orientation added to USD 259′s anti-discrimination policy. But the district’s legal council warned such a change could set them up for lawsuits.

JCCC diversity award application

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

From JCCC:


The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is sponsoring a Diversity award for a faculty member, staff employee, administrator or student who has demonstrated a commitment to furthering the goals of campus diversity.

For award consideration, individuals should be nominated by a member of the JCCC community. Self-nominations are welcome; Fellows or employees of ODEI are ineligible.

Please submit a one-to-two page letter which describes the nominee’s contributions to Dr. Jim Leiker, award committee chair, at Box 31 or

Nominations are due Friday, March 27.  The recipient will be recognized at the All-Staff Luncheon in May.