Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
The mission of the CSSP DEIC is to advocate for school communities and systems that promote equity and fairness through social justice and culturally-responsive professional practices that honor the rights, dignity and worth of disempowered populations.
Our vision is to empower Colorado school psychologists and other key stakeholders to lead critical conversations and take necessary actions to achieve greater equity and inclusivity in school communities.
Rationale for Committee: The idea originated from a leadership conversation around the representation of CSSP membership and possible extensions beyond the multicultural work of our bilingual school psychologists. Consideration of shifts in practice, current discussions around equity and diversity in our field and schools served as points of interest. In turn, the CSSP President began an ad hoc DEI committee. Initial informal discussions occurred in July of 2021, and an announcement to seek interested participants in the committee through an advertisement shared in the CSSP newsletter in August of 2021. Those interested were organized by the CSSP President, Ron Glazier and began formally organizing in September of 2021. In November 2021, a formal motion was made by the CSSP President to formalize the committee and the name was changed to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Paige Powers continued to serve as the CLD representative on behalf of CSSP leadership.
Membership: The DEI Committee began meetings in September of 2021. Participants quickly began to identify the roles and functions needed to sustain the work of the committee. The following roles were identified. Elections occurred in October of 2021.
Objectives: The workgroup finalized objectives that reflect a focus on Past, Present, and Future practices as they relate to the themes of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.