Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Mission and Meaning
What is JEDI?
You have likely heard the acronym “DEI” (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), but perhaps not “JEDI.” Diversity refers to the different and unique identities each student, teacher, and family member brings to our community. At Echo Horizon, Inclusion has two meanings. First and foremost, full inclusion in our co-enrollment model for d/Deaf and hard of hearing students. It also means that every community member, regardless of identity, can bring their full selves to school and feel included in our space. In 2018 Echo Horizon School added “J” for “Justice” to “DEI.” Justice is the removal and dissolution of systemic barriers. In the end, our goal is to address systemic forms of oppression that may replicate themselves at Echo Horizon, in education, and in our wider community and world.
JEDI Mission Statement:
Echo Horizon School is a community that celebrates and honors every unique individual member and the multifaceted experiences that they bring to the school. We believe that embracing our diversity leads to social/emotional and academic excellence. Our curriculum reflects the depth of our commitment to diversity and to a global and multicultural perspective. We actively seek to understand the complex and rich identities of self and others, and to lean into difficult topics related to diversity and inclusion. This pursuit and belief prepares our students to be contributing members of an increasingly diverse and global world.
JEDI Statement of Values:
Hatred and racism in all forms are unacceptable and reprehensible. At Echo Horizon School, we will continue to speak out and take action toward racial equity and social justice. Our beautiful diversity is a source of strength, excellence, joy, and creativity. We stand in solidarity with those who have been historically marginalized in our fight for a just and humane world. We celebrate you, we see you, we love you, and we are infinitely better because you are part of our community.