July 24, 2020

Lansing School District Board of Education Takes Historic Action Against Racism

The Lansing School District will take multiple direct actions to fight racism and support Black students in the future through an historic resolution unanimously approved by the Board of Education. The resolution against racism will: engage an outside facilitator to complete a comprehensive equity audit, develop a plan to support Black students regarding general well-being and post trauma in light of racial tensions in our community and across the country, create a steering committee with a focus on Black History curriculum, and continue to invest in a diverse workforce and professional development focused on Culturally Responsive Leadership and Instruction.

“The Lansing School District has always been proud of its diversity,” said Board of Education president Gabrielle Lawrence. “In response to the overtly racist actions being taken across the nation and the resulting protests, we are taking proactive steps to recommit ourselves to mindfully constructing a public school system that is committed to equality and equality at every level. We have a responsibility to educate our students on the history of systemic racism in the United States, because that’s how we are going to break the cycle.”

The Lansing School District has more than double the statewide average of Black students. The resolution states that every social institution has a responsibility to play a role in bringing an end to racism and the current social climate in our community, nation, and the world underlines the need to support black men, women, and children in the school district.

The Lansing School District is the largest public school district in the Mid-Michigan region and is committed to offering a high quality education to students in a caring, collaborative and excellent learning environment.

More on this can also be found in the article from the Lansing State Journal, Lansing School District recommits to supporting Black students.


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