Justice

KPS launches task force to dismantle racism

The new Equity Task Force and Design Team is currently looking for members.

A new team at Kalamazoo Public Schools has adopted a difficult and mercurial assignment: Dismantling racism in Kalamazoo. And it’s currently looking for applicants to help it accomplish this task.

The Equity Task Force and Design Team is directed to “eliminate and dismantle racism and other forms of intolerance and discrimination within the district’s practices, policies, goals, curriculum and culture to support positive and meaningful impact in Kalamazoo,” according to Superintendent Rita Raichoudhuri.

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It’s no small job and it will take a team of ten to 15 people, both within the district hierarchy and from the community, to do it.

KPS is looking for people who represent a diverse set of criteria: Different economic, religious, gender, age, and ethnic groups.

The task force will report directly to the district’s Board of Education and the superintendent. The goal is to analyze practices within the district that cause different outcomes for different groups of people, and come up with ways to correct those.

You can apply to join the task force here.

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