It seems that we are reminded every day of the need for the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities‘ work. From workplace harassment to community unrest to disparities in educational outcomes, the need for focused and sustained work on issues of diversity and inclusion remains. This weekend, three headlines about Virginia’s schools particularly stand out:
- “Feds: Norfolk Schools Ignored Bullying, Harassment” – This cover story in The Virginian-Pilot describes “a federal investigation [that] has found Norfolk Public Schools negligent in handling complaints in middle and high schools about sexual harassment and treatment of students with disabilities.”
- “High School Arrests in Henrico Vary With Race” – This article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch exposes the fact that 80% of students arrested in Henrico County Public Schools are black, even though black students make up only 37% of the students in the district.
- “Lynchburg Hopes to Remove Obstacles to Black Students’ Success” – This article in the News & Advance outlines efforts underway in Lynchburg City Schools to address the fact that “a disproportionately small number of black students [are placed] in the division’s advanced and accelerated courses.”
VCIC’s Educational Equity Initiative and Emerging Leaders Institute programs provide a range of interventions to address these and other achievement, treatment, and opportunity gaps. We look forward to working more closely with these and other school divisions to ensure that Virginia’s schools are inclusive for all.