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District Advisory Committee on Racial Equity

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Student Representatives
Ryan Neal and Payton Scott

Certificated and Classified
Nicki Mitchell, Marissa Patterson, Leslie Wallace, and Rosa Leong

Administrative Representatives
Rria Cruz-Soto,
Dr. Sean Delgado, and
Dr. Brett O'Connor

Parents/Community Members
Annemarie Cortez, Hugo Gutierrez, Dr. Eric Alexander Hurley, Dr. Barbara Junisbai,
Dr. Frances Kellar, and
Rolondo Talbott

The following Board members and District-level  administrators have been appointed as liaisons to provide support and resources to the Committee but will not serve as committee members:

David Nemer, Nancy Treser Osgood, Dr. Julie Olesniewicz, and 
Dr. Natalie Taylor


The Committee will provide input and recommendations to District leadership and the Board of Education to inform decisions that impact historically marginalized students and stakeholders.

Content awareness outcomes include:

  • Understanding the historical impact and purpose of public education
  • Reflecting on the role of educators in interrupting inequities in schools
  • Making connections to concepts of racial equity and our work in the District
  • Collaborating, planning, and applying strategies for systemic change
  • Building capacity and trust of the team to lead the District work with an equity lens.

Key outcomes for the year include:

  • Evolve and align the current definition of equity across the District
  • Collaboratively develop a racial equity impact plan in alignment with the LCAP to systematically address racial equity gaps in the District
  • Examine and evaluate the district and police department’s partnership
  • Collect and review qualitative and quantitative data


  • The Committee will provide a safe space for collaboration and diving deeper into strategic planning for equity with a systemic lens.
  • The Committee will consider student equity and access to a quality education across the District.
  • The Committee’s role is advisory to the CUSD Board of Education. The Board will have the final decision regarding the Committee’s recommendations.


The Committee membership will include at minimum:

  • (2) Student representatives
  • (4) CUSD faculty and staff representing elementary, intermediate, and high school levels
  • (3) CUSD administrators representing elementary, intermediate, and high school levels
  • (3) CUSD parents representing elementary, intermediate, and high school levels
  • (3) Representatives from the Claremont community and from a range of demographic backgrounds

Per past practice, Board members and district level administrators will be appointed as liaisons to provide support and resources to the Committee but will not serve as committee members.

DAC Update:  February 24, 2021

Between September and January, the DAC spent a significant time on professional development as a committee building a common foundation and common language as a team so everyone was on the same page as they dive into this work.  To date, the committee has now split up into three different subcommittees to focus on three areas and dive into data:

1.  Academic Achievement

2.  School Climate/Safety

3.  Staffing and Professional Development

In addition, the DAC has reviewed data collected from the Community Forum.

Meeting Dates and Minutes

All DAC meetings will be held virtually from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.   If you would like to submit a written comment to the committee at the next scheduled meeting, you can submit below no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Links have meeting agenda and notes

September 23, 2020

October 28, 2020

November 18, 2020

January 27, 2021

February 24, 2021

March 24, 2021

April 28, 2021

May 26, 2021

Meeting Presentations

resources DAC has explored