PCSD Inclusivity Advisory Committee


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    PCSD Inclusivity Advisory Committee

    The Inclusivity Advisory Committee provides guidance to the Superintendent of Schools regarding systems, structures, policies, regulations and experiences related to inclusivity. The 21-member advisory committee includes a diverse cross section of volunteers who were chosen by the District Planning Team, after an open application/screening process, based on their experience with diversity and inclusion topics such as culture, disabilities, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity and equity, mental health, race, religion, interfaith and others. Among the members are 10 community members.

    The purpose of the Inclusivity Advisory Committee is to ensure that PCSD is a place where students, families and staff feel a sense of acceptance, connectedness, and validation; a place where diversity and differences are viewed as strengths. The committee will initially meet monthly from 5:30 – 7 p.m. to analyze multiple types of various stakeholder data to better understand and identify the District’s strengths and areas in need of improvement.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Regular meeting attendance
    • Adherence to collaboratively established committee norms
    • Active listening and participation through meetings
    • Representation and communication with constituency group
    • Participation on relevant sub-committee or ad hoc committees, if needed
    • Review of data/information aligned to the purpose and goals of the committee
    • Respect recommendations made by consensus and adhere to collaborative decisions 

    Volunteer members have experience or expertise in diversity and inclusion related to the following areas: 

    • Culture
    • Disabilities
    • Ethnicity
    • Gender and sexual identity and equity
    • Mental health
    • Race
    • Religion and interfaith 

    The 2020-21 PCSD Inclusivity Advisory Committee members are listed below.

    Committee Member

    Stakeholder Group

    Flavia Nobay, MD

    Community Member

    Tamara Minter

    Community Member

    Nahoko Kawakyu O’Connor

    Community Member

    Rachel Kest

    Community Member

    Norman Yung

    Community Member

    William Castle, Co-Chair

    Community Member

    Julie Barker, Teacher Center Director

    Pittsford District Teachers Association

    Liesa Ehrlich, Calkins Road Middle School Teacher

    Pittsford District Teachers Association

    Radhika Ramesh, Thornell Road Elementary School Paraprofessional

    Pittsford District Teachers Association

    Christie Karpovich, School Office Secretary

    Pittsford Educational Office Professionals

    Mike Biondi, Principal (Elementary School)

    Pittsford District Administrators Association

    Shana Cutaia, Principal (Middle School)

    Pittsford District Administrators Association

    Sumara Case, Assistant Principal (High School)

    Pittsford District Administrators Association

    Tiffany Bonus (Elementary School)

    Parent Teacher Student Association

    Stella King-Turner (Middle School)

    Parent Teacher Student Association

    Tharaha Thavakumar-Slavin (High School)

    Parent Teacher Student Association

    Karina Hernandez (Urban Suburban)

    Parent Teacher Student Association

    Mendon High School

    Student

    Sutherland High School

    Student

    Shana Cutaia, Principal (Middle School)

    Pittsford District Administrators Association

    Patricia Vaughan-Brogan, Ed. D., Director of Student Services

    Central Office Team

    TBD

    Central Office Team