Big thanks to our MCSD Equity Council last night who arranged for a productive and informative School Board study session where council members were educated about equity issues and some of the steps MCSD is taking to ensure all students feel safe and informed about historical racial injustices.

MCSD is working with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Utah president Jeanetta Williams, as well as other professionals in our community, to continue the conversation on racial equity. Future Board study sessions will include additional information on racial issues, LGBTQ rights, students with disabilities, and refugee equality topics to help extend the District’s efforts to continue these important conversations.

Dr. Jacqueline Thompson and Dr. Claustina Mahon-Reynolds, were joined by Horizon Elementary Vice Principal Dr. Vanessa Jobe and Parkside Elementary Teacher Cara Cerise in separate presentations last night.

Dr. Jobe shared her work regarding anti-racist education during their Second Steps Curriculum and Restorative Classroom Circles. She explained that anti-racist education means celebrating and valuing all cultures and families actively. Additionally, they are building skills to find commonality in our differences and empathy for all experiences.

Pictured below are the books available to classrooms. The Social Justice Team at Horizon is also working to create lessons and resources that are available for Restorative Circles and link with the books.

A grassroots effort from 2019, the MCSD Equity Council has been exploring and taking action on a variety of equity issues. This includes an official statement released by the District in June in response to the death of George Floyd. You can read that here: https://www.murrayschools.org/mcsd-commitment-to-equity-statement/