Plymouth Public Schools Celebrating Diversity
The district’s goal to graduate confident, critical thinkers, productive and creative lifelong learners, and socially responsible, engaged citizens would be impossible to fulfill without a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2020, the district established the Plymouth Public Schools Diversity Committee to identify focus areas of equitable change and to actively work towards our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Plymouth Public Schools is committed to creating an inclusive and unbiased community in which all individuals are free to engage, learn, and succeed as their authentic selves in an atmosphere of mutual respect and civility, regardless of race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, religion, or any other aspect of their identity.
The mission of the Plymouth Public Schools Diversity Committee (PDC) is to promote and celebrate diversity as it cultivates and inspires policies and practices that support the Plymouth educational community with the language and tools to implement the school district’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. By acknowledging and understanding the impact of history on social interactions, the committee develops conscious practices to create an institutional climate that fosters respect and empathy for all stakeholders of the Plymouth Public Schools as equals.
Focus Areas for Equitable Change
- Education: Focused on activities related to promoting and sharing information regarding diversity in the Plymouth community.
- Hiring/Retention: Responsible for creating and maintaining a diverse staff, which reflects the diversity of the student population.
- Curriculum: Responsible for reviewing curriculum, creating an inclusive curriculum, and creating supportive classroom environments.
- Health Equity: Focused on supporting equitable health outcomes in the Plymouth community.
Plymouth Public Schools Diversity Committee Bylaws
Communication from the Diversity Committee
General Membership is open to any stakeholder, including but not limited to, Plymouth Public Schools staff, students, parents, and community members.
PDC membership shall reflect the diversity of the Plymouth Public Schools and shall be comprised of no more than 50 members who represent the many perspectives of the diverse identities in the Plymouth Public Schools, with a focus on centering the voices of those with non-dominant identities and ensuring that 10% or more of members are students of PPS.
New members join by filling out the PSDC application which will be approved pending space and the recommendation of the Leadership Team.
Whenever a vacancy occurs by resignation, inability to act or for any other reason, such vacancy shall be filled by the Committee through a vote or by the remaining Leadership Team; such term shall expire at the end of the original term.
When a board member’s term expires that person shall remain as an active member with the approval of the General Committee until a member can be appointed.
Each General Committee member is expected to serve on one Sub-Committee during their tenure on the PDC.
Diversity Committee Leadership
Dr. Christopher Campbell, Superintendent of Schools
Co-Chairs: Tamao Buffalo-Ellis and Carilyn Rains
Vice Chair: Kim Kelley
Secretary: Christina Brown
Resources for Staff, Students, and Families
COMMUNITY GROUPS & SUPPORT SERVICES
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
Trevor Project - Support for LGBTQ+ Youth: 866-4U-TREVOR
EmbraceRace.org: resources for young children available for parents, grandparents or other caregivers or for early childhood educators.
Learning For Justice: free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school.
LGBT Youth Resources: resources from the CDC, other government agencies, and community organizations for LGBT Youth, their friends, educators, parents, and family members to support positive environments.
SchoolCounselor.org: Anti-Racism Resources
(many more resources to come)