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Equity Task ForcE

The San Mateo-Foster City School District Board of Trustees is committed to equity and ensuring that all students in our District succeed. The District adopted the National Equity Project's Equity Definition and established an Equity Task Force.

Equity Task Force Members:

  • Students: Nailah Blake, Carolyn Mish and Geneva Williams
  • Parents / Guardians: Francisco Guzman, Diana Harlick, Mira Park, Rosie Rivera and Karla Rodriguez
  • Community Members: Rev. Marlyn Bussey and Colleen Sullivan
  • Classified Staff: Denise Fournier and Anthony Barnhill
  • Certificated Staff: Sue Wright and Jennifer Young
  • Administrators: Chad Slife & Sue Wieser

Members are asked to serve a two-year term.

meeting schedule, agendas and minutes

Please see the Board Agenda, Minutes and Summaries to access the meeting schedule (right column), agendas and Zoom meeting link for upcoming meetings and minutes of past meetings from 2020-2021.

San Mateo-Foster City Equity Working Definition

Adopted from the National Equity Project

Educational equity means that each student receives what they need to develop their full academic and social-emotional potential as measured through multiple data metrics. 

Working towards equity involves:

  • Ensuring equally high outcomes for all participants in our educational system; removing the predictability of success or failures that currently correlates with any social, cultural or racial factor
  • Interrupting inequitable polices and practices while examining and eliminating biases to create inclusive multicultural school environments for adults and students
  • Discovering and cultivating the unique gifts, talents and interests that every human possesses.

accomplishments through summer 2020

  • Developed Task Force governance doctrine that includes, but is not limited to, future selection and replacement process of task force members, rules and procedures and vision and mission statement.
  • Collaborated with the communications committee to develop a communications plan for District stakeholders that focuses on transparent communication of performance, progress, and equity (keeping within the bounds of student privacy laws).
  • Established subcommittees to develop recommendations for improving processes related to staffing, support for LGBTQ+ students and academic programming. 

Ongoing Equity Task Force Actions:

  • Meet at least quarterly to monitor the impact and adherence of the Equity Agenda in the District.
  • Provide quarterly updates and recommendations to the Board of Trustees to further sustain equity in the District and propose adjustments as needs arise and change.
  • Continue subcommittee work on staffing, LGBTQ+ and academic programming.
  • Conduct listening sessions, analyze data and develop recommendations for staff and the Board of Trustees to improve our discipline and safety practices and redefine our relationship with our Police Departments. 
  • Review current board policies and identify ways that those policies support or inhibit equity in our schools.
  • Evaluate the LCAP spending, with a review of the current LCAP process, through the equity framework and indicate how the LCAP supports or inhibits student growth.
  • Examine the budget against the Equity Agenda and identify areas where the allocation of human and capital resources do not effectively address equity. 
  • Monitor student progress toward achievement goals and provide recommendations  to the Board of Trustees.
  • Work with the Communications Committee to prioritize communication relating to the equity.