Diversity, Equity & Inclusion working groups for parents, guardians

The following invitation is for parents/guardians of K-12 students currently enrolled in BC schools:

Bethlehem Central School District is committed to supporting an environment in which all members of our school community feel free to engage as their authentic selves in an atmosphere of mutual respect and civility.

In support of this vision, the district’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Latisha Ellis-Williams is inviting parents and guardians to be part of the district’s DEI work.

Dr. Ellis-Williams and Harriette Grosvenor — an educational consultant who has worked with the district for several years — will facilitate four DEI working groups in the areas of academics, character, community and wellness. 

There are two opportunities to learn more about the district’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts and to sign up as a volunteer on one of the four working groups. The sign-up opportunities will take place in person, following each presentation. One presentation will be held in the evening and the other in the afternoon.

BCSD Working Groups for DEI – Training & Overview and Registration

Parents/guardians may attend one of the following:

  • Monday, January 23, 2023, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., BCHS Auditorium; OR

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., BCHS Auditorium 

Following the January meetings, the working groups that are established will meet monthly and will work on the following goal areas:


  • Create and maintain a welcoming, inclusive and equitable school climate that promotes learning

  • Provide curriculum and materials that represent and affirm student identities


  • Provide professional development that supports innovative, inclusive, and culturally responsive teaching and learning


  • Recruit, retain and develop a diverse faculty and staff

  • Collaborate with community partners to provide access and opportunities for students

  • Amplify student voices and encourage student leadership opportunities 


  • Provide inclusive programs that strengthen the emotional and physical wellness of students and staff

Working group meetings may be in-person or virtual. If you have any questions, please contact Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Latisha Ellis-Williams by email at lellis-williams@bethlehemschools.org.