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Ascend's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism

Ascend is committed to becoming a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist (DEIA) organization. Our teachers and staff are united in the mission of equipping students with the knowledge, confidence, and character they need to succeed. A focus on DEIA is essential to achieving this mission and we seek to represent this commitment in all that we do.

We believe our staff members must be windows and mirrors for our students, reflecting both those who share our students’ backgrounds as well as individuals who have different life experiences. Regardless of background, our commitment is that every member of our team is aligned on the necessity and urgency of this work so that we are well positioned to provide students with rich, thoughtful, and rigorous learning experiences that honor, reflect, and celebrate all of our identities, develop agency, and foster independent thinking so that students can thrive on their own and engage the world as informed, responsible citizens. We serve all students within our community, regardless of need, and are committed to their academic success and social-emotional

Actualizing our commitment

Our work to become a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist organization is ongoing, but we will know Ascend is making progress when:

  • diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism are integrated into all that we do, and we have clear measurement and accountability systems and dedicated resources to further this work;

  • all students, families, teachers, and staff feel a sense of community and are valued, safe, supported, and welcomed;

  • students are held to high expectations that balance accountability, respect, and love;

  • the team is actively building DEIA mindsets and skills that enable them to serve and support students at the highest level and create spaces that enable students to bravely advocate for themselves;

  • there is transparent and consistent communication and action; and all systems, processes, and policies are free of bias and reflect the diverse beliefs, voices, and experiences of the Ascend community.

Equity Advisory Committee

The Equity Advisory Committee (EAC) is a cross-functional, advisory group that provides input into Ascend’s DEIA strategy and programs, facilitates communication and information sharing related to this work across the Ascend community, and supports the delivery of stated goals and outcomes.

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Recy Benjamin Dunn
From our CEO

I am driven by a deep conviction for social justice and for fighting for the rights of all children, especially Black and Brown students and other groups who historically have not received the education that was promised to them. At Ascend, we have made the commitment to become a more equitable, diverse, inclusive and anti-racist organization. However, this is more than just a statement for us. It is a lens we use to interrogate all the policies and structures that exist in our organization and ensure we keep diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism at the forefront of what we do each and every day. We must all work together to dismantle and disrupt inequitable, exclusionary systems and practices to create environments where all people can thrive as their authentic selves.

Recy Benjamin Dunn

Chief Executive Officer, Ascend

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