Frequently Asked Questions
Why was the Diversity Council started? Who started it?
SCS Superintendent, Dr. Ryba started the Council in March 2020, as he saw the growing diversity of the district and knew the importance and the strength in working collaboratively to ensure all students in the district felt valued, accepted, and heard - that they felt that they belonged to SCS. As the research supports, student success academically, athletically, or in the arts starts with their social emotional well-being and sense of belonging.
Who is on the Diversity Council?
The Diversity Council is made up of Strongsville City Schools staff and secondary students, as well as Strongsville City Schools parents and Strongsville community members. All of these members have independently chosen to be on this Council and participate in this work. Everyone that is a part of the Strongsville City School District and the Strongsville community is welcome to join us.
What is the focus of the Diversity Council’s work this year?
This year’s focus is to engage the larger community of the Strongsville School District in strategic planning for diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you want to learn more about our strategic plan, please click on the quick link on the side of this page.
How can I get involved in the Diversity Council?
You can click here to register to attend Diversity Council meetings. Once registered, you will receive an invitation to upcoming meetings.
What are the upcoming meeting dates for the Diversity Council?
The Council typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:00 PM throughout the school year.
Is there any cost to this work? How is this work being funded?
The only costs associated with this work for the 2021-2022 school year went to pay for consultation services through The Diversity of Northeast Ohio. State allocated Student Wellness funds were used to pay for these consultations services.
What diversity, equity and inclusion training / programming are students receiving this year?
Currently, there is no student training / programming for students on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This year’s focus has been on strategic planning, which means that individuals who are a part of the Diversity Council are working to understand the needs and experiences of students, parents, staff/administrators and the community in relation to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), to develop a shared vision for this work within the district, and to create a DEI strategic plan. Educators are being provided with resources and strategies to help them better understand their students and to expand inclusiveness, but there are no materials / programming being provided to students at this time, unless they are a member of the Diversity Council.
Is Strongsville City Schools promoting or teaching Critical Race Theory?
No. Strongsville City Schools does not promote or teach Critical Race Theory. Additionally, Critical Race Theory is not a component of training or consultation services received by the district.