The Halton District School Board has created a Human Rights & Equity Advisory Committee (HREAC)
with representation from parents/guardians, the community and HDSB staff members to propose and respond to human rights and equity initiatives that support the HDSB focus on student achievement and well-being. A call for membership for the committee took place in February, with the committee officially established this Spring.
The HREAC will help support commitments outlined in the Human Rights Equity Action & Accountability Plan: The Way Forward
and 2020-2024 Multi Year Plan
. The Way Forward reflects the HDSB’s commitment to create and maintain safe, inclusive learning and working environments free from discrimination for students, families, staff and members of the public. It provides specific actions to which the Board will be held accountable by students, staff, families and the community. A priority initiative this year is the Discriminatory & Harmful Language Protocol
, which has been implemented in order to ensure school environments are free from discriminatory language.
“We recognize the systems of oppression that exist within society at large and within educational institutions, including the HDSB,” says Rob Eatough, Superintendent of Education. “The actions and the accountability measures in The Way Forward seek to dismantle systems of oppression and challenge dominant traditions. The Human Rights & Equity Advisory Committee will provide input on the scope and direction of initiatives to promote human rights and equity across the HDSB.”
The HDSB Human Rights Equity Action and Accountability Plan: The Way Forward requires ongoing action on the part of all individuals and departments within the Board. The plan identifies strategies and actions to ensure all students, staff and families are supported in schools and workplaces by creating and maintaining equitable and inclusive learning and working environments.
For additional information, contact:
Rob Eatough, Superintendent of Education
Halton District School Board