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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Joint Statement on School Committee Goal 3:

Commit to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Practices

The School Committee, the administration, and the teachers of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District wish to reaffirm our commitment to providing a robust, engaging 21st century education that embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging practices. We will strive to support the differences that our staff, students and families/caregivers bring to our schools. We recognize that all students are different and come to our schools with different needs so we will work to create a learning environment and culture that enables all students, families/caregivers, and staff to have a sense of belonging, participate and thrive.

We will work to ensure all students can access a rigorous curriculum and feel welcomed in schools that prepare them for a world that is diverse, complicated, and full of challenges and opportunities. As part of our commitment we will continuously learn about and improve culturally responsive teaching practices, environments, and curriculum that will support the growth and development of all children.

We want to ensure all staff feel empowered to engage in developmentally appropriate ways with students in this vital work. Although this work comes with many challenges, it also opens countless opportunities for all of us to learn, to grow, and to foster safe and welcoming schools for all. Our staff must be trusted to do this difficult and important work. One of the most notable strengths of our district is the relationships between our staff and students. These relationships can be the catalyst to support social emotional learning and the development of competency in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging strategies. Together we can foster an environment where deep and powerful learning can occur, even about complicated and difficult topics.

Dana Allara - Chair, Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee

Eric Tracy - Interim Superintendent, Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District

Nicholas Ristaino - President, Hamilton-Wenham Regional Education Association

Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District 22/23 Goal #3 Commit to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) Practices

The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District will meet the evolving and varied needs of all of our students and school community members in a manner that respects and values each individual, and:

  • recognizes, acknowledges, and celebrates the presence of differences in all community members;  
  • promotes justice, impartiality, and fairness;
  • welcomes and invites diversity in decision-making processes and developing opportunities for our community.

Goal Facilitator: Stacy Bucyk



By November 2022, all schools will have identified a core group of staff across all five buildings who facilitate and support DEIB school level staff development and SIPs (school improvement plans)

  • September 2022: Determine DEIB Facilitators for each school
  • September 2022: Send out interest survey for DEIB Advisory Committee membership 
  • September 2022: Establish standing district DEIB Advisory Committee (including students, staff, caregivers, and community members)
  • Fall 2022: DEIB Advisory Committee will review Audit, determine areas to target for focus groups, and establish future Committee action steps and deliverables
  • Semi-annually: Invite stakeholders’ feedback utilizing surveys via Panorama software

By December 2022, the district will have developed an action plan to address prioritized deficiencies identified in the DEIB audit. 

  • September 15, 2022: Host a joint workshop of the HWRSD School Committee, District Leadership Team, and DEIB Advisory Committee to review audit findings and create a shared vision for the District’s DEIB initiative.
  • Spring 2023: Elementary student focus groups

By December 2022, the district will have identified action steps and deliverables to integrate and support families and caregivers.

  • Fall 2022: Host community, parent/caregiver, and staff focus groups to review Equity Audit findings and seek input regarding priorities among stakeholder groups.
  • Semi-annually: Invite stakeholders’ feedback utilizing surveys via Panorama software.

By June 2023, HWRSD staff will have participated in on-going professional development to support DEIB competencies.

  • Summer 2022 and Summer 2023: Offer DEIB-focused book club opportunities for faculty and staff.
  • August 2022: Investigate and apply to ECLC for Professional Development Supports to include in-house and outside opportunities.
  • 2022-23 School Year: Provide professional development/learning opportunities to build a collective understanding of DEIB competencies amongst staff, students, and community members. 
  • 2022-23: District Team participates in DESE Academy and disseminates information to district staff throughout the course of the year.


DEIB Leadership Team:       

Stacy Bucyk, Director of Student Services        

Kristen Lazzaro, Director of School Counseling          



Students will demonstrate awareness, sensitivity, concern, and respect for the culture, experiences, feelings, and opinions of all individuals. They will seek to understand and value others’ life stories to make meaningful connections.


Prepared by Equity Journey Partners

October 2022