DoDEA employees have always risen to the challenge and we have always endeavored to serve and provide every military-connected student -- regardless of differences-- with a sound education. But, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion exert a powerful influence on policies, practices and interactions in every aspect of DoDEA. Therefore, DoDEA has established the DEI division at HQ to ensure that students, families and employees have equitable access to opportunities, resources, and support.
We have also launched DEI Working groups at the HQ, region, and district levels to begin the important work of examining ourselves and our beliefs. We will look closely at our recruitment and retention, development and promotion, and our teaching and learning as we seek to eliminate barriers that may exist.
While our organization has historically strived to be a place of racial diversity and inclusivity, there is still work to do. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion must become embedded in everything we do, from curriculum and assessment to hiring and professional development. We must not simply celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion, it must be actively pursued for all our students and employees. It must be a foundational premise in every aspect of our organization.
By educating, engaging, and empowering students to understand diversity, equity, and inclusion, we will lay the foundation for lasting change and progress. To begin important, and sometimes difficult conversations, we have assembled this body of resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion for parents and teachers to use with our military-connected students and families.
Implement DEI Working Groups at HQ, Region and District levels by June 2022.
Create meaningful, authentic and organic opportunities for the workforce to collaborate on DEI goals by June 2022.
Build capacity of leaders for DEI by June 2022.
Establish a draft DEI mission, vision and functions for DEI Division by January 2022.