As we recognize Juneteenth, the annual commemoration of the day in 1865 on which the Emancipation Proclamation was finally put into law, ending slavery, it is important to acknowledge that we continue to see the ongoing impact of systemic racism, injustice, and prejudice in our country, highlighted by the tragic and senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless others. Even today, far too many people of color, and other minority groups, face an uneven playing field, including many of the students we serve and our teammates at WNE. We hope that observing Juneteenth provides some respite from the pain of these times and that we can all find ways to come together with greater care, connection, and respect.
At Weld North Education, our vision is to provide opportunity, access, and outcomes for our students with our curricula and services. We also are committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce to achieve that mission. As a part of meeting that vision, we are both assessing our own performance and accelerating our efforts to ensure that we are meeting these goals.
More specifically, we are taking the following steps to ensure that we are improving our own practices around diversity, equity, and inclusion:
- Led by our Curriculum teams, we will conduct independent, third-party audits of our curricula, products, and services for bias.
- We will conduct an independent, third-party audit of our internal practices and policies for bias.
- We will expand Imagine Learning’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council creating a Weld North Education DEI council. This team will work closely with our Senior Leadership Team and help guide our efforts in this area.
- We will introduce required bias and DEI training initially for managers and then expanding that to all employees.
- Our HR and Talent teams, who now report to our Vice Chairman, Adam Klaber, will enhance our focus on creating a highly diverse, inclusive, and effective work environment.
- Lastly, we are committing the required capital to appropriately support and enable these activities.
We believe that these actions are critical to ensure that WNE meets the high standards that our mission requires. As we undertake these steps, we look forward to sharing the results of these initiatives and working collaboratively to continue to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.
CEO Weld North Education