Superintendent's Diversity Advisory Committee

  • In the spring of 2014, the District's superintendent invited a number of parents and community members to serve in an advisory role to assist in matters of equity and diversity, with particular emphasis on minority student populations. The District is committed to fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and developing the social identity and academic achievement of every child. The S-DAC supports such efforts and has provided input on developing a process for restorative justice in lieu of discipline. The District seeks to provide educational programs, which focus on critical thinking and personal narratives that are emotionally connecting, together with school environments that are inclusive, celebratory and respectful of our differences.

    Resources offer information on immigrant student rights

    The District is committed to fostering and embracing diversity, inclusiveness, and equity with a focus on respect and acceptance of every student. Given current events, some students and families may wonder how the district will remain committed to this pledge given the recent immigration debates taking place in our nation. Thus, we would like to take an opportunity to reassure all of our families that protecting all of our students’ rights and opportunity to receive a public school education are fundamental to our district regardless of immigration status.

    The District is committed to educating all students, consistent with the message from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). While demographic information is collected from families upon enrollment (race, ethnicity, home language, etc.), this information cannot be disclosed to others, nor can it be used to deny enrollment. Additionally, none of the six schools ask for or require, per law, immigration status or similar documentation.

    The resources below are provided to families who may want to learn more about immigrant student rights, and anyone is welcome to contact our schools or district office with questions. Our District believes that every student deserves a respectful learning environment in which his/her racial and ethnic diversity is openly valued and which contributes to successful academic, social and emotional learning opportunities.


    Mercer Island Board Policy 1610- Equity and Diversity

    Mercer Island Board Policy 3210- Nondiscrimination

    Mercer Island Fundamental 7 

    OSPI- Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools

    Staff Demographics

    As a requirement of Board Policy 1610, Equity and Diversity, the District is committed to hiring a staff that resembles our student and community populations. The District has an Affirmative Action Plan as required by OSPI detailing the goals for achieving a diverse staff reflective of the community and student population. The District tracks the progress of the district plan by analyzing the diversity data each year and how the District has progressed over the previous five years. 

    Superintendent's Diversity Advisory Committee Meetings 

    Click here to review the meeting schedule, agendas, minutes, and related materials. 

    Superintendent's Diversity Advisory Committee Members 

     Chouchanik Airpetian Chochanik Airapetian
     Tumaini Coker Tumaini Coker
     Jolene Cook
    Jolene Cook
    David D'Souza
    Alex Hart
    Alex Hart
    Ed Holmes
    Mercer Island Police Chief
    Aisha Jumaan
    Eunyoung Kim
    Robin Li   Robin Li
     Chris Mochel Chris Mochel 
    Julie Ogata
    Steve Pellerine
    Wayne Perryman
     Irene Rajaqopal Irene Rajaqopal
     Ruth Saunders Ruth Saunders
    Ana Simoes
    Tahmina Watson
     Benson Wong Benson Wong 
     Natalie Woods Natalie Woods

    What to do in a complaint?

    When a concern has not been resolved through conversation, the individual with concern may initiate a formal complaint in writing to the person responsible for the department, program, procedure, and/or supervision of personnel.

    Policies, Procedures and Forms

    Nondiscrimination notification

    The Mercer Island School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The Mercer Island School District offers classes in many College and Career Readiness Programs, admission to which is non-discriminatory. Lack of English-language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in those programs.

    The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

    Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Coordinator:

    Erin Battersby, Senior Director

    (206) 230-6227

    Title IX Compliance Coordinator:

    Erin Battersby, Senior Director

    (206) 230-6227

    Section 504 & ADA Coordinator:

    Lindsay Myatich, Director (206) 236-3326

    Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator:

    Erin Battersby, Senior Director

    (206) 230-6227


    Declaración completa de no discriminación

    El Distrito Escolar de Mercer Island no discrimina en los programas o actividades en  base a sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen nacional, edad, veterano o estado militar, orientación sexual, expresión o identidad sexual, discapacidad, o el uso de un perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio y proporciona un acceso igualitario a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos de jóvenes designados. El Distrito Escolar de Mercer Island ofrece clases en muchos programas de preparación para la universidad y carreras, la admisión a dichos programas no es discriminatoria. La falta de dominio del idioma Inglés no será un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en esos programas.

    Las siguientes personas han sido designadas para atender las consultas relativas a las políticas de no discriminación: 

    Coordinador de HIB (El acoso, la intimidación 

    y el acoso escolar):

    Erin Battersby, Senior Director,

    (206) 230-6227

    Coordinador del Cumplimiento del Título IX:                                                              

    Erin Battersby, Senior Director, (206) 230-6227

    Coordinadora de la Sección 504 y ADA:

    Lindsay Myatich, Director, (206) 236-3326

    Coordinador de Derechos Civiles:

    Erin Battersby, Senior Director, (206) 230-6227

    Coordinador de Acción Afirmativa:

    Erin Battersby, Senior Director, (206) 230-6227


    Las quejas relativas a la discriminación en los programas del Distrito pueden ser hechas de acuerdo con el Procedimiento Administrativo del Distrito 3210P.






    Erin Battersby, Senior Director
    (206) 230-6227


    Erin Battersby, Senior Director
    (206) 230-6227


    Lindsay Myatich,  Director (206) 236-3326 


    Erin Battersby, Senior Director
    (206) 230-6227