Letter to the editor: Schools’ equity policy is crucial

Posted 3/3/21

Schools’ equity policy is crucial I congratulate Douglas County School District for the work on the Equity Policy and this media for shedding light into this journey. George Floyd’s murder was …

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Letter to the editor: Schools’ equity policy is crucial

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Schools’ equity policy is crucial

I congratulate Douglas County School District for the work on the Equity Policy and this media for shedding light into this journey.

George Floyd’s murder was the first time I felt a visceral soul pain that I had not felt before. That pain led a group of us to form Equity Growth Zone (EGZ), a support and advocacy group, to heal and lead our community toward racial equity. Knowledge is profoundly social and social means emotions. Fear of emotions blocks growth in knowledge. Through our regular engagements at EGZ we are intentional in our approach with emotion so that learning, and growth can happen.

We must acknowledge that while racism impacts BIPOC people directly, it indirectly impacts all of us, especially our children. Racism sends a pervasive message that some human beings are above others. That message gets internalized by kids and bullying is their way of trying to make sense of this artificial hierarchy of value in human life. We unintentionally reinforce this message when we do not include the historical perspective of BIPOC people and when we fail to recognize and repair the impact of racist microaggressions.

Through my work at the leadership team of the Douglas County Youth Health Coalition, I have learned that race, ethnic, religious, class, disability, gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination are risk factors to youth mental health and resolving them builds a resilient community where all our kids thrive.

EGZ is open to all who share our desire to grow. Email to join the conversation: equitygrowthzone@gmail.com.

Nara Altmann, Ph.D.

Lone Tree

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