2017 – 2019 UGDSB Equity plan vs 2019 – 2022 Equity Plan – Concerns and Issues
Previous Equity Plan Comparison
In addition to being concerned about the lack of definitions in the current equity plan, a quick comparison of the previous equity plan shows that the update leaves a lot to be desired.
Here is the old equity plan ending 2019. You can reach it through the BIPSA plan found here: (look for 3 year equity plan) this page also outlines how the 3 year equity plan informs the school bullying prevention plan and safe equitable and inclusive school strategy. BIPSA is a whole other topic. 🙂
Here is the old plan, so i can show you some comparisons. Goal, action, outcomes. That seems like 3 reasonable columns to me. The equity plan is meant to make everyone welcome and to feel safe and inclusive.
They address training and ‘anti-racism’ (I’m even more surprised this term is not defined in a working document after going through this).
This is on page 4 of the 2017 equity plan and is absent from the new one.
The updated equity plan which can be found here includes the concerning undefined language but it’s structure is confusing and poorly laid out.
It has an ‘Actions’ ‘Strategies’ and “progress’ box. It appears they threw out the old plan and started fresh with this plan. The bottom bullet says to review concerns raised by parents but they did not review any of my concerns at all. You can read that story here.
These words are undefined. Training in anti-racism is impossible if the term ‘anti-racism’ is undefined.
‘System racism’ is undefined. How can a policy perpetuate something if it is undefined?
They are going to disrupt gendered / sex divided washrooms? How and why?
When I asked for the working definition of racism from the board I was provided with the websters dictionary definition of racism. However, education leads are engaging in dictionary definition of racism openly while addressing board trustees, so I’m not sure what they are actually working from.
How does disrupting access to trips sports and programs help anyone? Why is that in the plan? There is a lot of work done to make sure that everyone in the class and school is able to access these resources and programs if they want to. The language here is very concerning. Disrupting sports?
You will disrupt conversations practices and assignments that exclude, identify or isolate people? How is that measured? By who is it measured? What is the intended use of this?
What is period equity?
What does intentional use of disruptive language like anti-Black racism, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia mean? Where will this language be used? Is it defined by the board or is there a definition I can look at? Why is it acceptable to use undefined terms in a document like this?
What are Anti-Racism practices? How can these be rolled out across the board if the term anti-racism is undefined? What kind of half baked “plan” is this?
They also plan to hire an HR manager.
ICYMI: We're looking to hire a Workplace Equity and Diversity Manager to join our HR leadership team. Part of this role will be creating an anti-racist & inclusive work environment across all levels of the organization. Find out more about the role here: https://t.co/IVaijeOP8h pic.twitter.com/lLjNWVoOPP
— Upper Grand DSB (@ugdsb) August 10, 2020