Minutes: January 20, 2016

Meeting began with review of the minutes from the last committee meeting.

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Updates were shared including a new Twitter handle (@AISDdiversity) and password so other committee members can login and tweet as well. A Diversity Facebook page was also created and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/AISDdiversity  The sub-committee working on the Diversity Video is in the process of working with Tim Carroll to make the student videos with the theme "day in the life of a student." In addition, it was decided to also create an overview type diversity video to post on the website. Then the student videos will be posted on the new Facebook Page. 


Action plans from the previous meeting were reviewed.  Updates were provided for each of the committee's three goals. Great progress is being made in goal 3 (building awareness) with the creation of our website, twitter handle and hashtag, and Facebook page. The diversity showcase is still being worked on, ongoing struggles continue with finding a date that works with the facilities. 


The committee worked on bullet points on what information to be highlighted during the Diversity-Overview Video. The idea was shared that when the video is complete it could be shared at different campuses during morning announcements.


The committee also worked on ideas for the scholarship application. Committee looked at an example from a neighboring district to be used as a model.  Committee also included that applicants must write a 500 word essay explaining how they promote diversity in Allen and their community. The committee will promote the scholarship through multiple outlets once it's up and going. 


The committee also had a discussion around the topic of curriculum/club integration. One committee member shared that at Green Elementary they do a "celebrate me" week which has to do with special needs kids. We also discussed talking with the district social studies coordinator, about which grade levels focus on different celebrations to share that information across the district.


Mr. Jordan ended the meeting by stating as we move forward he will send our ideas for the video on to Tim Carroll with public information and send the scholarship information to Regina Taylor with the foundation for Allen Schools, and to contact Becca Penny with inquiries in case she needs additional help with the Diversity Showcase event.


Future Meeting Dates: Wednesday, April 6th 2016 4:15-5:15 Administration Bldg 223