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Equity and Diversity Strategic Plan

In the spring of 2016, the Durham District School Board commenced a process to enhance our community and employee voice.  The goal was to enable us to learn about our strengths and challenges, so that we could improve our responses, actions, programs and initiatives that are related to equitable practices and our ability to create inclusive and safe spaces in our diverse communities.

From this we have developed the *Equity and Diversity Strategic Plan. The importance of the community seeing their voice and experiences are reflected in the plan.

​   Equity and Diversity Strategic Plan

Diversity is our strength, 

Diversity is our future.
Diversity is now.

click to view plan

The Durham District School Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Policy #4107 echoes the Board’s commitment to embracing diverse social realities; while maintaining positive, safe and inclusive environments for all students and staff.  The policy is a reflection of Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, supporting all areas of Durham District School Board principles, practices, and guidelines.

The Durham District School Board values and respects all members of our school community and as such ensures that resources are provided that reflect the work being done to address antidiscrimination and inclusive education.  These issues are discussed in the Ministry of Education's Curriculum documents to   promote fairness, healthy relationships, and active, responsible citizenship.  

The Durham District School Board's school libraries and classroom resources reflect inclusivity and serve to foster sensitivity towards individuals and groups that have traditionally been and/or are currently being marginalized within the broader society.   These resources serve to identify and remove barriers that may exist for various groups and families.  They may touch on topics of ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, family status and marital status.  

These resources are intended to help students acquire the knowledge and skills that enable them to challenge unjust practices, and build positive human relationships as members of a global community.  

Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to promote equity and social justice.

To learn more, the following three guideline documents have been developed in consultation with staff and community partners to reinforce quality education, as we continually strive to support equitable services, programs and welcoming facilities.

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Accommodating Creed in Schools- an inclusive design approach

Guidelines for Inclusive Language

Supporting Our Transgender Students

Supporting Trans Students in our Schools
To view these documents, please click on each title to view more or download a copy for your reference.
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Community Voice Committee Update


*Photo Credits

Thank you to the following students, parents and community members whose photos displayed in the Equity and Diversity Strategic Plan.

Who Do We serve – Maryam and Nivaal

  1. Sydney
  2. Dario
  3. Tanaka

Last page, top to bottom

  1. Marka
  2. Parents:  Victor Carrington, Sharmon Carrington, and Errol Rollox
  3. Jerimiah


Durham District School Board
400 Taunton Road East,
Whitby, ON
L1R 2K6 Canada

Phone: 905-666-5500
Fax: 905-666-6474
Toll Free: 1-800-265-3968
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