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Equity, Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion (EDSJI)

The MBUSD Board Goals have been updated to include a focus on equity, diversity, social justice and inclusion as part of creating a community of care in our district.  We recognize we have a responsibility to actively oppose racism and discrimination, and guide this work with our students, families, and staff. 

The school board formed the Equity, Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion (EDSJI) Committee with over 40 members representing all school sites. 

May 25, 2021 Update from Dr. Michael Matthews, Superintendent

Please click here for Reflections on MBUSD’s Efforts to Address Equity, Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion.

Board Resolutions
Resolution 2021-09
Denouncing all manifestations of hate, xenophobia, prejudice, and bigotry, while affirming MBUSD's commitment to the safety and well-being of our community.
Resolution 2017-14
Resolution designating Manhattan Unified School District as an inclusive, safe, and welcoming district, ensuring a protected space for all students to learn.
Our Partnerships
Center for Leadership, Equity and Research (CLEAR)  UCLA Center X Culture & Equity Project (CEP)
The Center for Leadership, Equity and Research (CLEAR) is supporting MBUSD through an equity audit. The audit includes an analysis of current data, staff surveys and group interviews. The CLEAR team will assess current practices to support MBUSD in growing equitable practices that foster a climate of care, equity, diversity, social justice, and inclusion in all MBUSD schools.  
 
 
 
The Culture and Equity Project (CEP) team is supporting MBUSD in our journey to create more purposeful and intentional learning opportunities for all students. The CEP professional developers are facilitating a series of sessions to engage our EDSJI committee and administrative team. Topics include:
  • Building relational trust
  • Exploring identity and positionality and its impact on addressing issues of equity
  • Understanding and addressing racism, micro-aggressions and bias
 
EDSJI Committee Members 
Jen Cochran
Board Trustee
Jen Fenton
Board Trustee
Dr. Michael Matthews
Superintendent
Dr. Dawnalyn Murakawa-Leopard
Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Irene Gonzalez-Castillo
Assistant Superintendent
Katrina O'Connor
Pacific/Staff
Sara Williams
Pacific/MCHS Staff 
Susana Anton
CSEA/EDP Staff
Anna Gralnik
Pennekamp/Staff 
Diana Sieker
MCHS/Staff
Aisha Qaasim-Davila
Meadows/MBMS/
Parent
Andrew Caine
Community member/Parent Alumni
Anne Carlin
Robinson/Staff
Armaan Shivpuri
MCHS/Student
Daniel Cashman
MCHS/Staff
David Halushka
MCHS/Staff
Dawn Fulton
Pacific/Staff
Grace Lou
MCHS/Parent
Hannah Gedion
MCHS/Parent
Heather Tuttle
Meadows/Staff
Janet Allen
MCHS/Staff
Jenna Ahmed
MCHS/Student
Jennifer Burke
Robinson/Parent
Kerry Aguero
MBMS/Staff
Lanissa Patterson
Pacific/Staff
Lindsey Fox
Pacific/MBMS/Parent
Maddie Hutchinson
MCHS/Staff
Meike Hennon
Pacific Parent
Michelle Krzmarzick
Meadows/Staff
Monica Marquez
MBMS/Staff
Monique Roth
Grand View/Parent
Nicole Alexander-Spencer
MBMS/Parent
Orhan Tanner
MCHS/Parent
Patricia Jones
PS I Love You/Community
Ryan Taylor
DAC/Pacific/Community
Sara McMaster
Pennekamp/Parent
Sharada Subramaniam
Meadows/Parent
Stacy Cabrera
MCHS/Staff
Tara Grings
MCHS/Staff
Teri Allen
Meadows/Staff