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Keep Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Alive in Robbinsville

This petition is one of 30 petitions in the movement "Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs in Schools."Learn more about the movement.

Keep Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Alive in Robbinsville

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Crow Sussman started this petition to Robbinsville

On Friday, October 29th, the Robbinsville district disbanded the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee and fired the district DEI consultant. Many community members have been dumbfounded by this decision, and the lack of transparency surrounding this choice is astounding. 

If we totaled the number of students and their immediate family members who identify as BIPoC, neurodivergent, disabled, or LGBTQ+ within this district; wouldn’t they outnumber their White, neurotypical, able-bodied, cisgender, heterosexual neighbors? Why would the district eliminate a group of stakeholders looking to make sure the needs of all students are met, the voices of all students are heard, and representation of all students is ensured through classroom lessons?

The fact that no other explanation has been given for why the steering committee has been disbanded and the consultant has been fired is further proof that the actions taken are very probably in violation of the code of ethics our BOE is sworn to uphold. Disbanding the committee and firing the consultant is in violation of the BOE’s own strategic goal for the year. The community deserves transparency and a prompt, clear explanation as to why they are no longer promoting “equity, equality, social justice and inclusion in every aspect of the Robbinsville Public Schools” as they promised to in their own objectives for this year. If they truly feel that these topics which are meant to allow all people to feel represented and heard are “too divisive to bring to the larger Robbinsville community,” isn’t it their job to educate the community as to what diversity, equity, and inclusion truly mean in order to bring our town together and help it to become the nonpartisan place they so frequently claim it to be? If our elected officials are not upholding their promise to the people they supposedly represent, we deserve to know why.

It is imperative that the voices of students, parents, and community members are heard, and that every member of our community feels valued, represented, and, most importantly, safe. Disbanding this committee sends the message to minority students that their cultures, identities, and beliefs are not welcomed, appreciated, and accepted within the Robbinsville community.

Our community, especially our students, deserve better. 

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