Equity & Diversity

MCHS District #111’s position is clear - we oppose bigotry, hatred, inequality in all forms, indirect or overt. We recognize and empathize with the pain that our minority community feels. This website is a place to collect and share our material, resources, new developments, and action plans our district is committed to. 

Program Origins:
In August 2019, our Board of Education and staff participated in Cultural Competence training, and we recently completed a system-wide cultural assessment in March 2020 led by Erika Walker-Thomas of The Walker-Thomas Group. (Please find results of the cultural assessment here.) We appreciate the students, parents, community members, teachers, and administrators who have volunteered to participate on our Equity and Diversity Committee. Although we feel the work of that committee has been valuable, their commitment, coupled with the results of the Cultural Assessment findings will certainly gain traction in the coming months and years to come. 

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"When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization." Pat Wadors

Equity & Diversity Committee Charter Goals:
1) Establish and Support a Vision for Equity and Diversity
2) Define, Monitor, and Improve Methods/Structures for Equity and Diversity
3) Create a Comprehensive Equity and Diversity Plan
4) Create a Culture of Collective Responsibility for Equity and Diversity
5) Establish a Communication Plan

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"Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do." Marco Bizzarri

School Year Timeline:
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E&D Timeline MCHS 2021-2022 School Year

E&D Timeline MCHS 2020-2021 School Year

timeline MCHS 2019-2020 School Year

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"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." Martin Luther King, Jr

Additional Resources: 

MCHS Student Demographics
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2021 Racial Demo
MCHS Teacher Demographics
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Teacher Demo 2021

National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) Inclusive Practices: Click here

2020 Cultural Assessment Results:
Click here

MCHS 5Essential Survey:
Click here

Cultural Assessment Conversation Presentation: Click here

Civil Unrest Resource: Click here

Press Release:
08/16/2019 Minooka Community High School Creates Diversity Committee and Training Initiative
09/26/2019 Minooka Community High School Offers T.A.L.K. Day to Students
01/31/2020 Minooka Community High School Expands Equity and Diversity Committee with Cultural Assessment
06/06/2020 MCHS Addressing a School and Community Concern

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"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength." Maya Angelou

Troy Cicero

Troy Cicero - President and Chief Skill Officer of MulticultuReal® Communications, Inc.
A background in anthropology, psychology, and sociology are among the various impressions that Troy Cicero leaves with his audience. Learn how his background has shaped his career by visiting his website for more information:
 Click here.

Erika Walker-Thomas

Erika Walker-Thomas is the President and CEO of The Walker Thomas Group with over 20 years in Diversity Consulting, Human Resources, and Personal Development. As a leader in these areas she has expertise in coaching, client relationship management, global workforce dynamics, and global diversity issues. She is a published writer on diversity and coaching issues for the leading HR & Management magazine in Latin America, Conocimiento Y Direccion as well as Girlfriends Magazine for the Everyday Woman and Uptown Professional in the United States. For more information please visit The Walker Thomas Group website: Click here.
(Please find results of the cultural assessment here.)

We recognize and empathize with the pain that our minority community is feeling at this time. It is difficult to put into words how profoundly sad we are without ringing hollow with those who are impacted. Please know that we understand that we will be judged by our actions and not our words. We are also aware of the trends on social media depicting our school in a racist light due to the reprehensible actions of some of our students. That is not something we are proud of and we are working hard to change that and make certain that Minooka Community High School is a more welcoming environment for all our students.

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"We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams."  Jimmy Carter