The Durham Public Schools Office of Equity Affairs was established in 2017 with the mission of ensuring that students experience educational equity in grades pre-K-12 regardless of race or ethnicity. While not restricted to any particular disparities, the foundation of the work of the office lies in addressing racial inequities due to the disparities found in various data sets. Beyond racial equity, the office also addresses disparities related to gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, etc. The vision of the office is to establish the district as a national prototype for effectively educating students of color.
- Collaborate with various departments and school leaders to analyze data (i.e. Graduation and discipline data for students of color; Black and Latinx enrollment in AIG, Honors, AP/IB classes; recruitment and retention of high quality educators of color, etc.) and develop action plans to address disparities (Strategic Plan Goals 1A, 1B, 1C, 2B, and 3B).
- Design and facilitate professional development for educators that focuses on racial equity, implicit bias, and culturally responsive teaching (Strategic Plan Goals 1A, 1B, 1C, 2B, and 3B)
- Increase/enhance partnerships with community organizations that can support the work of addressing educational inequities (Strategic Plan Goals 1A, 4B, 4C).
- Identify, apply for, and manage grants and research that will support the work of equity in the district and help to eliminate academic disproportionalities (Strategic Plan Goals 1A, 4B, 4C)
- Establish mechanisms for effective communication with stakeholders (Strategic Plan Goals 4B, 4C).