Office of Equity (est. 2020)
- Inspire and equip all learners to discover their voice and unlimited potential.
- A future-focused community with a passion for lifelong learning.
Building upon the prior accomplishments of the District Leadership Team (DLT) Equity Work Group (2017-2019), the LPS Office of Equity was established at the beginning of the 2020-2021 S.Y. to support the District’s mission of becoming a more diverse, equitable and inclusive school organization. Dr. Andrea Dixon-Seahorn was appointed to the newly developed role of Chief Equity Officer by the LPS Board of Education; she previously served for three years as Executive Director of Elementary Education leading the District’s eleven elementary schools and early childhood center. Dr. Seahorn’s philosophy is that the education profession is best exemplified by those individuals who embrace life-long learning. She believes with this same passion and purpose that educators empower themselves, that they also inspire, motivate and challenge every learner to fulfill their unlimited potential.
Prior to coming to LPS, Dr. Seahorn was the Special Consultant for Equitable Education in the Office of Educator Quality at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. As a long-time educator of nearly 25 years, and experienced school leader, Dr. Seahorn has been an elementary principal, assistant principal, instructional coach, library media specialist, and classroom teacher.
The Chief Equity Officer serves as an advocate and champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion across all programs and departments associated with the school organization. This includes working in close collaboration with district and school leaders, stakeholder groups within the district, and with external partners to shape, promote, implement the strategic plan; promoting a culture of inclusion and embracing differences in support of the District’s strategic efforts to build an equitable and inclusive culture for all students, families, employees, and the community. As well as guiding efforts to assess, define, and cultivate diversity as a valued institutional and educational resource; providing direction and collaborating with leadership to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the school system through a cross-disciplinary approach; and serving as a member of the Cabinet and the Strategic Leadership Team.
The visual below captures the prior work of the DLT Equity Work Group to define the terms: diversity, equity and inclusion, and to state what we aspire to become as a school organization. The core DEI values now serve as a roadmap for actionable steps within the Office of Equity in support of the District’s equity-centered strategic plan which was implemented at the start of the 2019-2020 S.Y.
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