At CESBA, we are strengthened by the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences of our membership, stakeholders and community. As a learning organization, we are on a purposeful path to discover ways to build equity, diversity and inclusion while denouncing racism, discrimination, intolerance and exclusion. We strive to acknowledge errors, make changes, and grow from new knowledge and evolving discourse.
Many adult and continuing education students in Ontario come from marginalized backgrounds. Their experiences with systemic discrimination and inaccessibility both within and outside of educational institutions may have led to an interruption in their past schooling. Adult and continuing education in school boards play a vital role in creating renewed opportunity for their students. It is an honour and a responsibility to offer them an equitable, accessible and safe educational environment.
We aim to provide fair treatment to all equity-seeking groups and individuals using an anti-oppressive framework, including, but not limited to, those represented by race, sex, ancestry, origin, ethnicity, religion or Indigenous spirituality, language, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital or partnership status, disability, neurodiversity, and socioeconomic status. We understand that these identities may often intersect to form unique experiences. In the spirit of reconciliation, we will aim to develop and improve Indigenous relationships.
The CESBA Equity Committee includes both members of marginalized groups and allies. The committee offers support and guidance to CESBA members and stakeholders on issues around equity, diversity and inclusion. With the goal of meaningful allyship, the committee will engage actively in new dialogues and seek ways to disrupt discriminatory norms. It advises on organizational policy and suggests speakers, workshops and resources. With the help of the committee, CESBA develops resources, provides training and shares promising practices with its membership of school board administrators, educators and staff so they may continually improve their equitable service to their students.