The Vancouver School Board’s overall anti-racism strategy needs more programs geared to Vancouver’s current realities and emerging needs, and more staff to do that work. At the moment, Vancouver schools are welcoming and supportive. An influx of refugees and ongoing immigration, both positive for the city, require increased planning and resources to welcome newcomers into our schools.
OneCity’s Plan for an Inclusive and Welcoming School System
- A full time, stand-alone Anti-Racism consultant
- Strengthened relationships with community organizations, such as Neighbourhood Houses and Immigrant Services Society
- Renewal and upgrade of English Language Learning programs at all levels, including appropriate professional development for all teachers and adequate staffing levels for enrolled students
- Continued work toward full acceptance of differences among students so that every student experiences positive acceptance of their cultural difference
- Increase in the numbers of Multicultural Home School Workers and other staff who work directly with recent immigrants, with a particular focus on the needs of refugees and asylum seekers
- A comprehensive review of the mandate of the Diversity Committee, its programs and services with a view to developing more effective programming, including creating anti-racism and race relations in-service and workshops for all VSB staff.