Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion
As part of the Superintendent's Office, the Diversity & Inclusion Office delivers cultural competency training to staff, offers support to district leadership on diversity related issues, serves as a liaison with various ethnic and cultural groups, and keeps the district abreast of the latest research on diversity and cultural proficiency efforts.

Focus Areas

Our focus is centered on improving student outcomes.   We believe in fostering and sustaining a learning-centered culture that understands, confront and disrupts practices that create and reproduce disparities.  As equity-centered leaders, we are committed to a world class school system which supports educational excellence regardless of race, gender, national origin, different abilities, or religion. 
  • Collaborate with various departments and school leaders to analyze data (i.e. graduation and discipline data; students of color enrollment/success in AIG, Honors, AP/IB classes; recruitment and retention of high quality educators of color, etc.) and develop action plans to address disparities
  • Design and facilitate professional development for educators that focuses on racial equity, implicit bias, and culturally responsive teaching
  • Increase/enhance partnerships with community organizations that can support the work of addressing educational inequities
  • Incorporate student voice to identify gaps and needed supports to develop solutions for more equitable outcomes
  • Establish mechanisms for effective communication with stakeholders

Community Partnerships

  • Community Building Initiative focuses on advancing equity, developing leaders and connecting community through bus tours, dialogues and conversations and equity impact circles.
  • Community Equity Committee includes community leaders, faith-based organizations and civic groups to advise the school system on equity-related issues, concerns and initiatives.
  • Community in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg operates within CMS to provide case management services, in-kind resources, cultural enrichment, college and career awareness, mentoring and more. 
  • Interfaith Advisory Council (IAC) is a diverse group of religious community leaders who serve in an advisory capacity to the Superintendent. Its members offer a support mechanism for the ongoing work of public education.
  • Race Matters for Juvenile Justice is a collaborative leadership group working within community to reduce disproportionality and disparate outcomes for children and families of color through institutional organizing, education and workforce development.

Cultural Awareness

CMS staff continuously looks for ways to enhance the district’s ability foster an environment that is welcoming and engaging for all people. Our goal is to promote and inspire students and staff for participation and leadership in a pluralistic society.

P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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