In serving underserved communities, our approach has to be genuine and empathetic throughout our organization. Fostering an inclusive environment for historically marginalized communities and demographics only helps strengthen our collective understanding of the communities we serve. We value diversity and equity across multiple subgroups, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, gender identity, disability status, and age. We carry out this commitment through:
Culturally Responsive Education: We value and build community through developing awareness of our own cultural lenses as well as those of our students, families, and peers. We understand that trust is at the center of all positive relationships. We work to build trust with all stakeholders through showing care, building rapport, and holding high expectations. We facilitate relevant learning experiences through real-world issues and culturally relevant texts.
Diversity in leadership: 87% Women & 60% People of Color in school leadership positions. 81% Women & 63% People of Color in district-level positions.
Bring your whole self: Team members are welcomed into an environment that allows them to be authentic and vocal in/of their beliefs and feelings each and every day.
Equity in policy: Scholarship Prep continuously reviews and analyzes our formalized policies and procedures to remain sensitive to and conscious of employees’ racial, cultural, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and ability identities.
Anti-bias journey: Embracing a holistic approach, we welcome grappling with the challenges of systemic inequity and bias to better understand how we can bring about lasting change in our communities.
The Listen. Learn. Lead campaign aims to help guide all Scholarship Prep staff towards better understanding the plight, frustrations, and needs of our most vulnerable communities through the shared experiences of guest speakers who have experienced those inequities firsthand.
As a network of charter schools whose mission is to close the opportunity gap for underserved students, we believe in establishing a sustainable environment where diversity is treasured. We must identify how we can utilize our power to advocate for lasting change. We must engage in dialogue and reflection that lead to collective action. We must use our platform and collective voice to amplify the stories, voices, and messages of our most underserved communities. We must Listen. We must Learn. We must Lead.
To community leaders who are knowledgeable about critical issues impacting our communities.
From these leaders’ stories and how their experiences can guide our actionable steps with students, families, and the communities we serve.
By identifying and implementing actions to support our students and families in the communities we serve with empathy.