Embracing Diversity, Promoting Equity, Fostering Inclusion
Winchester Public Schools is committed to creating and maintaining an equitable environment that welcomes, values, respects, and supports individuals and communities who affirm human decency. Winchester Public Schools provides opportunities for learning, growth, engagement, and transformation to champion a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school division.
The Office of Equity and Family Empowerment is deeply committed to providing leadership, guidance, and oversight of the Division’s equity framework. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is central to our mission and is a key component in enhancing the success of diverse students, staff, and the community, as part of our all-encompassing goal of "Learning For All, Whatever It Takes." The equity and family empowerment coordinator supports and leads efforts by ensuring that equity is embedded in the work of all departments, schools, and central administration. This work is accomplished by creating the space for courageous conversations, celebrating diversity, expanding perspectives, implementing culturally responsive teaching frameworks, continuous delivery of equity-based professional development, developing capacity for cultural competency, and commitment to equity and inclusion. The office - led by Dr. Veronique N. Walker - is comprised of division-wide equity facilitators and school-based equity leads who drive the division’s efforts to create a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and equitable teaching and learning environment.