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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Defined

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    Collective mixtures of our students, staff, families and communities characterized by our differences and similarities.

    The Diversity Wheel is a great visual representation of the diversity that we each possess. It gives an overview of the dimensions of diversity that are present and active in one’s environment. It consists of four layers of diversity: personality, internal, external and organizational dimensions.


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    Click the graphic above to learn more about the Diversity Wheel & Definitions
    Source: Gardenswartz & Rowe

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  • District DEI Policy
  • DEI Commitment Statement

Director of DEI

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    Toya Spencer is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She joined the district with 18 years of corporate experience. For the majority of her career, she has been guiding organizations in becoming more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces. Having worked at the corporate headquarters for Abercrombie & Fitch, Huntington National Bank and Danaher Corporation - Toya's experience working in such vastly different industries provides the dexterity required to understand and serve a school district with needs across many aspects of diversity.

    Read more about Toya

    Toya's Welcome Letter

    Contact Toya via email: tspencer@wscloud.org

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Monthly Cultural Celebrations



    Hispanic Heritage Month

    Every year from September 15th to October 15th, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by appreciating the community’s history, heritage, and contributions of the ancestors of American citizens who came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and South- and Central America. 

    September 15th is set as the starting date for the month as it is important for many reasons. It is the independence anniversary for Latin American countries El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. From here onwards, the independence days of Mexico and Chile fall on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Dia de la Raza or Columbus Day also falls within this month, on October 12.


    History of National Hispanic Heritage Month

    The commemoration kicked off in 1968 as a week-long event. It expanded to four weeks in 1988 to reflect Mexico's, Chile's and Belize's Independence days and now ends October 15th.



    Rosh Hashanah 

    Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year as well as a religious and festive time when family and friends gather together for meals and worship and grow closer to God. It’s a time for looking forward to a new year with anticipation and reflecting on the past year to improve ourselves for the next.

    Rosh Hashanah begins sunset of  Friday, September 15, 2023  ends night fall of Sunday, September 17, 2023.


    Yom Kippur

    Otherwise known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day in Judaism. The holiday lasts approximately 25 hours and is typically observed with fasting and prayer in alignment with the themes of atonement and repentance. On Yom Kippur, people observing the holiday are asked to abstain from food and drink (as well as bathing and marital relations). In turn, it is encouraged that people spend the day asking God’s forgiveness for their sins and donating to charity.


    More Important Dates in September

    Labor Day (September 6)
    Grandparents Day (September 11)
    Mexican Independence Day (September 16)
    International Day (September 21)