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Host an Affinity Space
Acknowledge that the education system has historically marginalized whole communities of learners and families; and
Believe that all students, staff, parents and community members have a vested interest in and should work together to correct systemic inequities; and
Recognize that eliminating racism, racial inequities and institutional bias will increase achievement and graduation rates for all students; and
Commit to disrupt institutional biases and end inequitable practices.
Affinity Spaces were first piloted in November 2019. The charge was to co-define how we put our Equity Policy (0010) into action, so all students have an equal chance at success. Affinity Spaces focus on identifying practices that disrupt institutional biases and end inequitable practices in Highline.
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the initial pilot was interrupted. However, the committee supporting this work has continued to meet virtually. Affinity Spaces will launch throughout the fall on a rolling basis. Meetings will either be face-to-face or virtual, depending on the status of King County’s reopening schedule.
Applications remain open for those who are interested in hosting an Affinity Space. If you applied last year, then please note that the steering committee is in the process of designing next steps and will reach out to you via email. There’s no need to reapply.
Want to learn more? Have an idea for a group? Leading a group already?
If you are interested but have questions, please reach out to Sara Baker.