REI: Workforce Diversity & Cultural Competence

Increasing the diversity of our workforce is another key component to achieving racial equity for students in UPSD.

Increasing the diversity of our workforce is another key component to achieving racial equity for students in UPSD. This goal is shared by nearly all districts in our region and state.  Current data on educator diversity in UPSD shows that 15.7% of current UPSD staff are people of color (up from 14.7% in 2018).  We want to continue this trend but recognize that this is still far from representative of our very diverse student population. (More than 50% of UPSD students are now students of color.

UPSD has an affirmative action plan in place with the specific goal of diversifying our workforce to better reflect our community.  Attracting more teachers of color remains a significant challenge here and across our country.  According to the US Department of Education National Center of Education Statistics, between 1999 and 2018, the percentage of teachers of color in US schools increased by only 5% from 16% to 21%.  Attracting and retaining a diverse workforce will require action at each level of the "pipeline" explained below.  The figure show the pathway from high school graduation to becoming a certificated classroom teacher.  (US Dept. of Education, The State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce, 2016)

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