Superintendent's Diversity Advisory Committee

  • In the spring of 2014, the Superintendent invited a number of parents and community members to serve in an advisory role to assist him in matters of equity and diversity, with particular emphasis on minority student populations. Since 2014, the S-DAC has grown in numbers, as evidenced by the names and pictures of those who are currently serving. 

    The Mercer Island School District is committed to fostering an environment of diversity and to developing the social identity and academic achievement of every child. While we view diversity broadly, its charter sometimes focuses on addressing issues around racial diversity, since it remains a key issue in American society. To that end, the District is committed to: the success of every student in each of our schools; equity of educational opportunity; individual empowerment; and fair treatment. 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.
     
    Click here for S-DAC Charter, School Commitments, Purpose and Role Statement, and Restorative Justice Policy Proposal.

    Resources offer information on immigrant student rights

    The Mercer Island School 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 Mercer Island School 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.

    Resources:

    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 Mercer Island School 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
    chornyaa@msn.com
     Tumaini Coker Tumaini Coker
    tumaini.coker@gmail.com
     Jolene Cook
    Jolene Cook
     DavidD'S
    David D'Souza
    Alex Hart
    Alex Hart
    EdHolmes  
    Ed Holmes
    Mercer Island Police Chief
     Aisha  
    Aisha Jumaan
     Eunyoung  
    Eunyoung Kim
    eunyoung.kim.geer@gmail.com
    Robin Li   Robin Li
    robinanneli@gmail.com
     Chris Mochel Chris Mochel
    ccmoc@comcast.net 
     Julie  
    Julie Ogata
     Steve  
    Steve Pellerine
     Wayne
    Wayne Perryman
     Irene Rajaqopal Irene Rajaqopal
    irene@irenerajlaw.com
     Ruth Saunders Ruth Saunders
    fsaunders1894@msn.com
     Ana
    Ana Simoes
     Tahmina
     
     
     
    Tahmina Watson
     Benson Wong Benson Wong
    bwong@kellerrohrback.com 
     Natalie Woods Natalie Woods
    Natwoods4@gmail.com
     
     
     

    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 and

    Bullying (HIB) Coordinator:

    Erin Battersby, Senior Director,

    (206) 230-6227

    erin.battersby@mercerislandschools.org

    Title IX Compliance Coordinator:

    Erin Battersby, Senior Director,

    (206) 230-6227

    erin.battersby@mercerislandschools.org

    Section 504 & ADA Coordinator:

    Lindsay Myatich, Director, (206) 236-3326

    lindsay.myatich@mercerislandschools.org

    Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator:

    Erin Battersby, Senior Director,

    (206) 230-6227

    erin.battersby@mercerislandschools.org

     

    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.
     

     

    有关非歧视原则的声明: 

    默瑟岛学区不容许在任何项目或活动中,对如下情形有歧视行为:性别、种族、信仰、宗教、肤色、国籍、年龄、退伍或现役军人身份、性取向、性别倾向或特征、残疾、导盲犬或服務性動物的使用。学区向童子军和其他指定的青少年团体开放。对于学区提供的大学预备和职业培训项目,录取标准和过程都遵循非歧视原则。英语能力不会成为录取和参与这些项目的障碍。 

    以下人员负责处理有关非歧视政策的咨询:  

     

    骚扰、恐吓和欺凌(HIB)协调员: 

    Erin Battersby, Senior Director,
    (206) 230-6227
    erin.battersby@mercerislandschools.org

     

     

    第九条权益(反性别歧视法)合规协调员: 

    Erin Battersby, Senior Director,
    (206) 230-6227
    erin.battersby@mercerislandschools.org

    504条款(反残障歧视法)及残障保护协调员: 

    Lindsay Myatich,  Director, (206) 236-3326 

    lindsay.myatich@mercerislandschools.org 

    民权合规协调员: 

    Erin Battersby, Senior Director,
    (206) 230-6227
    erin.battersby@mercerislandschools.org
     
    对学区项目和活动的歧视投诉,应根据学区行政条例3210P进行。