Once the diversity mission statement has been created and the pledge for diversity has been written, it is time to develop some realistic goals for achieving your diversity ideals. Who should be involved in determining the goals for your school? What should the goals be? Below are a few guidelines and examples for setting the diversity goals for your school.
- Include teachers, administrators, and students in this process of goal-setting. Students should be leaders in the schools, and positive role-models to other students. Teachers can advise the student-led process, and lead students toward the ultimate goal of school unity.
Administration can also contribute and approve during the process..
- Decide what concepts your school values. Here are a few examples:
○ Respect for all
○ Everyone has the right to learn
○ Tolerance and acceptance for all (anti-bullying)
○ Everyone has a story
○ Learn from each other, not just from written materials
○ Violence is never the answer to problems
- Once you’ve decided on your values, you can discuss classroom or school activities that promote those values. In other words, what do these values look like?.
- Be clear and concise. Use words and language that students understand..
- Create a student code of conduct. Discuss expectations and how violations of these values will be handled. (Loss of privileges, detention, suspension, conference with parent or administration, etc.).
- Determine events or activities that will underscore your values. These should be activities that the whole school can participate in..
- The final product should be formally written up, printed, and agreed upon by all involved parties..
Check out this website for a great example of diversity goals:
Lehigh University. (n.d.). Retrieved 1 22, 2012, from http://www.lehigh.edu/~instuaff/diversity.shtml