Success for Each Child & Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity
Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is striving to become an AntiRacist MultiCultural Organization. PSESD is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington. Educational Service Districts, created by the legislature, are an essential regional delivery system for early learning and K-12 services in the state.
- Improve the effectiveness of educational programs
- Deliver specialized services otherwise unavailable
- Provide leadership for innovative and effective educational practices
- Build networks and partnerships among districts and other agencies
- Link schools with regional, state and national educational resources
Non-Discrimination – Policy 1000
PSESD is committed to non-discrimination in all aspects of its education programs and employment practices. The agency prohibits discrimination in all aspects of its education programs and employment practices against any employee, applicant, student, intern or volunteer because of sex, race, creed, color, national origin, language, immigrant, refugee, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, pregnancy, marital status, religion, age, veteran or military status, physical, sensory, or mental disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. It is the policy of the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) to employ persons on the basis of experience, training and merit, and to provide equal access of agency facilities to designated youth groups.
No student shall be denied an equal educational opportunity or be unlawfully discriminated against because of national origin, race, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation including gender identity, or a physical, mental or sensory disability.
Puget Sound ESD complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws as may pertain thereto. The administrator for Human Resources and Organizational Development will serve as the compliance officer for this policy and also serves as the Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer and Section 504 Coordinator.
The Antiracist Multicultural Organization Definition
The Antiracist Multicultural Organization is an organization that has within its mission, goals, values, and operating system explicit policies and practices that prohibits anyone from being excluded or unjustly treated because of race or any other social identity or status. Members within the institution understand the way in which systems have been shaped by dominant culture to maintain oppression. More specifically, the organization outlines how power has been used both historically and currently by white dominant culture to maintain inequity and works intentionally to prepare members to dismantle and eliminate this practice. In an antiracist organization, members become accountable to communities of color to define success.
The Antiracist Multicultural Organization also supports racial equity and social justice through advocating these values in interactions within the local, regional, national, and global communities, with its vendors, customers, and peer organizations.
Additionally, the Antiracist Multicultural Organization had within its mission, goals, values, and operating system explicit policies and practices that are intended to ensure that all members of the diverse workforce feel fully included and have every opportunity to contribute to achieving the mission of the organization.
This organization is explicit about implementing antiracist practices and also appreciates all forms of social diversity and understands the strengths and advantages that social diversity brings to the local, regional, national, and global communities.
Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training. http://crossroadsantiracism.org/ *Adapted from Source: Jackson, B. W (2006). Theory and practice of multicultural organization development. In Jones, B. B. & Brazzel, M. (Eds.), The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change (pps. 139-154). San Francisco, CA, Pfeiffer.