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Garrison Union Free School District, The
1100 Route 9D    
Garrison, New York  10524  
   
Public School District
8 220 students
 

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Employer Description
 
The Garrison Union Free School District Anti-Racism and Equity Task Force is committed to recognizing, addressing, and dismantling racism in all its forms. We are dedicated to creating, fostering, and sustaining a safe and inclusive environment in which differences are valued, respected, and supported in all areas of school life. We want to produce self-reflective students who experience academic success, who view the world with a critical lens, and who are prepared to be responsible and empathetic global citizens.
 
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Diversity Mission Statement
 
Mission Statement: The Garrison Union Free School District Anti-Racism and Equity Task Force is committed to recognizing, addressing, and dismantling racism in all its forms. We are dedicated to creating, fostering, and sustaining a safe and inclusive environment in which differences are valued, respected, and supported in all areas of school life. We want to produce self-reflective students who experience academic success, who view the world with a critical lens, and who are prepared to be responsible and empathetic global citizens. Priority Areas: 1. Implement racially inclusive curricula and assessments: include diverse representations of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) in literature; provide students with regular opportunities to have experiences with people from races, cultures, and backgrounds different from their own; reviewing and updating the way history and current events are taught and introducing students to ethics in both thought and practice; teach students to debate and practice having civil conversations about difficult topics with people who disagree or are different from them. 2. ?Engage all teachers and staff in ongoing professional development on topics such as: how to have difficult conversations; developing cultural sensitivity/responsiveness and culturally sustaining practices; the intersectionality of diversity; training in explicit and implicit bias. Follow up PD experiences with guidance, practice, and support. 3. Create a safe environment of dignity, respect, empowerment, and inclusivity by: recognizing how racism manifests in our community by assessing where problems lie and developing ways to measure helpful change. 4. ?Evaluate the work of the task force, ensure its success, and sustain the work over time.