Feb. 18, 2024: Office of DEI Changes Name to Office of Educational Access

The LISD Office of Educational Access (OEA) has four major areas of focus.

  • Ensuring that each and every student has equitable access in academics, extracurricular and cocurricular activities by identifying and removing any barriers, both structural and perceptual to their engagement. Ongoing data collection and cultural competency education will be foundational components of this area.
  • Reducing academic gaps between student groups as measured by the LISD equity access data. This data will be reviewed by each feeder pattern during the school year and mitigation plans will be devised as warranted.
  • Ongoing professional development for staff to enhance organizational cultural competency and inclusive leadership. This will include workshops, article reflections, action learning tabletop scenarios, and a staff survey administered in the fall and spring.
  • Continuing to serve as an internal consultant for LISD campus and District leadership.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

Committee Meeting DateAgenda Presentation
Jan. 25, 2023Jan. 25, 2023 – AgendaJan. 25, 2023 – Presentation
Feb. 22, 2023Feb. 22, 2023 – AgendaFeb. 22, 2023 – Presentation
March 22, 2023March 22, 2023 – AgendaMarch 22, 2023 – Presentation
April 26, 2023April 26, 2023 – AgendaApril 26, 2023 – Presentation
July 26, 2023July 26, 2023 – AgendaJuly 26, 2023 – Presentation
Oct. 17, 2023Oct. 17, 2023 – AgendaOct.17, 2023 – Presentation
Nov. 29, 2023Nov. 29, 2023 – AgendaNov. 29, 2023 – Presentation
Jan. 24, 2024Jan. 24, 2024 – AgendaJan. 24, 2024 – Presentation
Feb. 28, 2024Feb. 28, 2024 – AgendaFeb. 28, 2024 – Presentation

The purpose of the Leander ISD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee is to provide guidance to ensure equity and diversity within Leander ISD. We will work to affect change and support Leander ISD as we take action to eradicate racism, intolerance, and other inequities to promote a more diverse and inclusive culture for all.

More information about the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

Reflections & Resources

Currently Reading

  • “The Diversity and Inclusion Handbook” by Sondra Theiderman
  • “Leading from Within: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Lead” by Sam M. Intrator and Megan Scribner
  • “Creating a Culture of Reflective Practice: Building Capacity for Schoolwide Success” by Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral
    Reflective Practice Book Study Resources: Chapters 1–4, Chapters 5–8, Chapters 9–13

Recent News

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision, Chief of the Office of Educational Access DeWayne Street invited Shawn Swisher, LISD’s general counsel in the Legal Services department, to commemorate the Brown v. Board of Education court case and reflect on the ripple it has had throughout the country. … Read more
May 15, 2024
Chief of the Office of Educational Access DeWayne Street invited Vandegrift High School Principal Charlie Little to speak about his journey and the significance of Celebrate Diversity Month. … Read more
April 16, 2024
In an effort to better reflect the mission and actual work of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), the Leander ISD Board of Trustees approved policy change to AEA (LOCAL) at the Feb. 15, 2024 Board meeting to effectively changing the name to the Office of Educational Access. … Read more
February 18, 2024

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