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Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

The Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Team promotes a culture of equity, inclusion, and belonging across the district.  We work to create equitable access and opportunity across race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, (dis)ability, and language.
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Jeffco Student Voice

Jeffco Student Voice is a district-wide initiative that empowers high school students from diverse backgrounds with leadership, cultural awareness, teamwork and advocacy skills. Jeffco Student Voice is a forum for students to collaborate with the Superintendent and other school, district and community leaders create a sustainable movement for social justice in our community through compassionate leadership.


Employee of color advisory 

The Jeffco Employee of Color Advisory is a group of professionals from across the district who meet over the course of the school year to collectively address the needs of Employees of Color in Jeffco.  


Professional Learning

Jeffco Public Schools Equity & Diversity Specialists offer a variety of professional learning opportunities for all Jeffco staff focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Wayne Carle Awards

In 1940 a group of grubby 10 year old campers, on their way back from a week in the mountains, could hardly wait for their promised swim at the local country club. They lined up eagerly at the entrance to the fenced club and began to enter. One of the campers Mary Ota, an Asian American, was stopped and told she could not enter. Without saying a word, her fellow campers all turned around and got back on the bus, their eyes filled with tears at the affront to their friend. One of those campers was ten year old Wayne Carle. Since that incident so many years ago, Dr. Wayne Carle, former Superintendent of Jeffco Schools, has remained devoted to promoting cultural understanding and respect. His impetus for this work generated the Wayne Carle Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Diversity and Equity in Jefferson County Public Schools.

Link to 2019 Wayne Carle Nomination Form .  Closes May 17, 2019.


Contact

Dave Kollar
Director - Student Engagement Office
303-982-6794

Jason Firestone
Manager - Student Engagement Office
303-982-0389

Arianne Rivera
Equity & Diversity Specialist - Student Engagement Office
303-982-7558

Jessica Havens
Equity & Diversity Specialist - Student Engagement Office
303-982-7552

Simone McLaughlin
Technician - Student Engagement Office
303-982-6559

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