Introduction to SC's Race & Equity Team
From the Shorecrest Race & Equity Team:
Shorecrest Believes in a Safe and Supportive Learning Environment. Shorecrest is a place where all students are safe to learn without threat of violence, concern for safety, use of degrading or hurtful language, or harassing behavior. We are committed to social justice, nurturing our diverse student and staff community, and working together to create a society free of discrimination, racial injustice, and intolerance.
Racial justice issues have come to the forefront in our country and our neighborhoods amidst ongoing instances of police brutality that disproportionately and negatively impact people of color. The pandemic has shown that disproportionality exists in our economic system, health care system, and educational system. Race is the largest predictor of student success or lack of success in the Shoreline School District. “The Shoreline School District acknowledges that institutional racism exists within our public school systems and is committed to working until race is no longer a predictor of overall student outcomes.” To do the very real work of dismantling structures of racism in our school and to acknowledge implicit bias and work against it, each school building has a team dedicated to advancing the work of eliminating race as a factor in student success. There is much more about this work on the Shoreline School District Equity and Family Engagement website.
We are continuing in this critical work and as the Shorecrest Race & Equity Team, we are seeking to advance our own awareness and build our own capacity around these issues, facilitate conversations with our staff and school community related to race and equity, lead staff professional development, and incorporate voice from students and larger school community into the work. Black Lives Matter. We have much work to do.
Our team is composed of the Principal, John Green, and our two District Race & Equity Leads, Lacy Clark & Nicole Steward, as well as both certificated and classified staff members. We will continue to weave our work into the professional development plan for our staff this year. Our charge is to support the goals outlined in the SC School Improvement Plan (SIP), which calls for all of our staff to focus on closing opportunity gaps for our students of color.
If you have questions, concerns, comments, or would like to talk more about the race and equity work at Shorecrest, please feel free to get in touch with our team leads:
Lacy Clark (she/her) - Lead
As the Dean of Students and one of the Race and Equity Leads, Lacy is dedicated to equity and creating environments where everyone can thrive as their authentic self. Lacy understands that as a White woman, most institutions, and particularly schools, have been built for people like her. She is driven by the desire to change systems so that we center students who are farthest from educational justice. She is excited to take on this new role and push the Shorecrest staff and community to be actively anti-racist.
Nicole Steward (she/her) - Lead