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DIVERSITY, EQUITY,
& INCLUSION

Kenowa Hills Public Schools (KHPS) believes that strength lies in the diversity of our communities, workplaces, and schools. Providing access to education is not enough; we must go the next step to ensure that each and every student has access to an equitable education that includes adequate funding, necessary resources, a safe learning environment, and highly skilled educators.
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KHPS is committed to eliminating race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or socioeconomic status as predictors for academic outcomes. Equity as an outcome would be the state that would be achieved if a student's success toward the district’s Graduate Profile and well-being was no longer predictable by any social, cultural or economic factors.

Equity as an action in schools involves individuals who are willing to:

  • Interrupt and dismantle harmful or inequitable practices and policies, eliminate implicit and explicit biases, and create truly inclusive, culturally responsive, antiracist school environments for adults and children;
  • Ensure that each child receives what they need when they need it, to develop to their full academic and social potential and strengths.
  • Cultivate the unique gifts, talents, interests, and brilliance that reside in every child.
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Diversity, Belonging, Equity, and Inclusion can not be separated from Mental Health. As we begin to build sustainable programs, we have to foster both ideas for our students, staff, and community to be prosperous and healthy. Exploring both topics, the relational capacity starts to become very clear. Mental Health is about feeling connected; it includes our social, emotional, and psychological well-being. Having an environment where you can thrive by being your true self is the foundation for DBEI.

Our need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance is vital to who we are. The effects on equitable and inclusive environments are what have a profound impact on our mental health. Think of the settings you spend most of your time in. Now think of what is most important to you in those environments. Our students spend a large part of their time in educational institutions. It is more important now than ever to provide them with a process that helps them be successful when they leave us.

Hidden Figures at KH
HIDDEN FIGURES

The Diversity, Belonging, Equity, & Inclusion (DBEI) Committee at Kenowa Hills celebrated Black History Month by presenting Black Hidden Figures of America. A hidden figure is a person who has made a difference in American history but is not widely known or celebrated. Among those celebrated on social media and throughout the district in 2021: Ruby Bridges, Dr. Marie M. Daly, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Henrietta Lacks, the Tuskegee Airmen, Shirley Chisholm, Bessie Coleman, Jane Bolin, Alvin Ailey, Annie Easley, Bayard Rustin, Carol Parks Hahn, and Marsha P Johnson.

Pride at Kenowa
PRIDE MONTH

At Kenowa Hills Public Schools, we strive to create an environment where every student feels connected and respected and can thrive in our school community. Creating an inclusive school culture supports students’ academic success and mental well-being.

The month of June is Pride Month, an annual commemoration of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City on June 28, 1969, an event that started the fight for the rights of LGBTQ+ people in the United States and around the world. The purpose of the month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

As educators and allies, there are many ways we can show our support:

  • Incorporate inclusive books and lessons.
  • Let students know that you’re an ally with “safe zone” stickers or signs.
  • Listen without judgment if a student shares their LGBTQ+ status.
  • Identify your own biases and work to overcome them.
  • Stand up against homophobic slurs.

Reach out to your Diversity, Belonging, Equity, & Inclusion team for more resources.

Diversity, belonging, inclusion, and mental health go hand-in-hand. If you or someone you know and love need support, please reach out to your Diversity, Belonging, Equity, and Inclusion team for more resources.

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ASIAN AMERICAN BOOK DONATION

We were excited and proud to partner with the Chinese Association of West Michigan (CAWM) in 2021, on a book drive in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (in May). These books now in our libraries will help create awareness of the diverse Asian American culture and promote a climate of equity and unity. We look forward to a continuation of our partnership on future events and activities.

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BE INCLUSIVE

Students at Kenowa Hills are taught to celebrate each other's differences and strengths. Our inclusion programs help all students gain self-confidence, empathy, responsibility, enhance communication, and build strong leadership skills. More about Creating Inclusive Environments.

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BE HEARD

Kenowa Hills Public Schools believes in creating a culture of respect for all students where they feel safe and valued. To begin, voices need to be heard, one story at a time. Therefore, we have a form below that enables students to report situations where they have felt bullied, unsafe, harassed, or unwelcome. Be Heard Form

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