December 2, 2020
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) is committed to addressing anti-Black racism in education. DPCDSB is in the process of developing a Black Community Advisory Council (BCAC working title) to advise and support DPCDSB as we work collectively to address anti-Black racism and fulfill our vocational call as Catholics by ensuring that all are welcomed, included and valued. As a system, we know that equity and inclusion are valuable contributors to overall student success and as a faith-filled community, we are committed to ensuring that all students are engaged and included in every aspect of school life. DPCDSB seeks to uphold the human dignity of all, as we are all created in the image and likeness of God.
The purpose of this council is to support the achievement and well-being of Black students and staff within DPCDSB. The BCAC will provide a space where members of the DPCDSB community can come together to identify, address and work to collectively eliminate racism in education, thereby improving educational outcomes for Black students. The BCAC will advise and support DPCDSB in actualizing the Catholic Board Improvement Learning Cycle, The Province of Ontario's Anti-Racism Strategic Plan, and The Ontario's Equity Action Plan. The council will consist of community representatives from various organizations and agencies, student representatives, parents/guardians, as well as DPCDSB staff.
The attached letter is an invitation to be a part of the advisory committee. Members should have experience and/or knowledge of anti-racism as it pertains to the Black community and have shown a commitment to this work. Preference will be given to those individuals who identify as Black and who have a commitment to anti-racism.
The DPCDSB invites expression of interest from interested parties across the DPCDSB community as it seeks to form a council that reflects the diversity of Black communities. Parents/guardians, students and community organizations who wish to be considered for representation on BCAC are required to complete the BCAC Expression of Interest Form. Staff will be invited to attend as per established protocols (i.e. association membership).
For more information, read our Invitation Letter for Black Community Advisory Council.