•  “Equity is the removal of existing barriers and actively establishing the framework so that the needs of all students are met through fairness, justice, and meaningful opportunities.”

  • DEI Team Belief Statement

    The Grand Blanc Equity Team is committed to improving the lives of all students. More specifically,  we believe that to fully embrace and operationalize equity in Grand Blanc Community Schools, all students must have their voices heard in a safe, supportive environment that values difference.

    Grand Blanc Community Schools will create and sustain equity through

    • inclusivity, accessibility, and belonging 
    • dignified policies and procedures
    • opportunities for students to actualize their own unique genius 
    • exemplary models of character and judgment
  • Teacher Resources

    ***Thank you for your efforts to support diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the Grand Blanc community. As always, the provided resources are not part of a Grand-Blanc approved curriculum; rather, they are tools to inform and encourage curiosity.

    DEI Teacher Resource Link

  • Let’s take every opportunity to learn about and celebrate the diversity in our Grand Blanc community!

     

    Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the most important festival in China and a major event in some other East Asian countries (Lunar New Year is known as Seollal in South Korea, Tet in Vietnam, and Tsagaan Sar in Mongolian). Lunar New Year celebrations are being held more and more in Western cities in recent years, too, like New York, London, Vancouver, and Sydney.

     

    Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. It was traditionally a time to honor deities as well as ancestors, and it has also become a time to feast and to visit family members

     

    The celebrations traditionally last about two weeks in total, from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the lunar year. Regional customs and traditions vary widely but share the same theme: seeing out the old year and welcoming in the luck and prosperity of a new year. 

     

    Chinese New Year 2023 will fall on Sunday, January 22, 2023, beginning a year of the Rabbit. China's public holiday will be from January 21 to January 27, 2023.

     

    Chinese New Year Traditions

    The main Chinese New Year activities include 1) putting up decorations, 2) offering sacrifices to ancestors, 3) eating reunion dinner with family on New Year's Eve, 4) giving red envelopes and other gifts, 5) firecrackers and fireworks, and 6) watching lion and dragon dances.

     

    Information courtesy of chinahighlights.com 

     

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    The observance of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is important to us as educators because Dr. King spent his life advocating for equality in education, career opportunities, justice, and civil rights. As we continue to practice the achievement of Dr. King’s dream, please join me on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 in observance of the 7th annual National Day of Racial Healing.  As a community, let us begin this day by intentionally focusing our efforts on healing our community. On this day, it is a valuable opportunity for our Grand Blanc Community to come together and take collective action to create a more just and equitable learning environment for our students. I ask that you have a courageous conversation with your students around racial healing.  Brainstorm ideas that students could implement to eliminate racism and inequities in our community or as an individual. In addition, take the time on MLK day to volunteer in the community and, most importantly, to spread kindness. This is just the beginning, but let us start the healing process together in Grand Blanc Community Schools. In the words of Dr. King, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only like can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 

     

Staff:

  • Sonya James, Ed.S

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director


    Katie Whitenack

    K-2 Coach


    Laurie Erlenbeck

    3-5 Coach


    Colleen Ramsey-Parks

    EMS Coach


    Molly Maldonado

    WMS Coach


    Holly Avery

    High School Coach


    Jeff Ragland

    High School Coach

     

  •  Check out what our team is doing!

    • Training and supporting Building Equity Team Leaders 
    • Creating Organizational Cultural Assessments and Action Plans 
    • Communicating important holiday/seasonal information

     

     

  • Phone:  810-591-7840