•  Honoring & Supporting Diversity

    Recruit, develop, support and retain the most effective, diverse staff.

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  • At Rochester City School District (RCSD), we recognize that the diverse backgrounds of our students, staff, and stakeholders enrich our schools and contribute to a vibrant learning environment. We are committed to embracing and celebrating diversity while actively working to eliminate practices that perpetuate disparities among our students. Our goal is to provide every student with the opportunity to thrive academically and socially.

  • Equity is at the forefront of our actions and decision-making processes. RCSD leaders are dedicated to ensuring that equity guides their own actions as well as those of the individuals they supervise, with the aim of improving academic and social-emotional outcomes for all.

    We aim to foster a barrier-free environment where all employees, regardless of their identities, have equitable opportunities to succeed. This involves allocating resources within budgetary constraints to support and empower staff members with the necessary tools and opportunities to thrive in their roles.

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  • In the Rochester City School District, we recognize the vital role that Affinity Groups play in fostering a culture of inclusion, belonging, and empowerment among our staff. These groups, also known as Identity Networks, Diversity Networks, or Employee Resource Groups serve as spaces where individuals with shared identities, experiences, and perspectives can come together to support and uplift one another.

    In an environment as diverse and dynamic as ours, Affinity Groups provide a powerful platform for staff members to connect, share their stories, and celebrate their unique identities. By creating a sense of community and solidarity, these groups not only enrich the professional lives of our employees but also enhance our collective ability to serve our students and communities effectively.

    While the origins of Affinity Groups may trace back to historical struggles for equality and representation, their relevance and impact remain as crucial as ever in our modern context. As we launch our Affinity Groups, we do so with a vision of fostering a culture of inclusivity, equity, and respect for all members of our school community.

    Together, we embark on this journey of empowerment and growth, recognizing the immense value that each individual brings to our collective efforts in shaping the future of education in Rochester.

    If you have any questions or would like more information, please don't hesitate to contact us at affinitygroups@rcsdk12.org. We're here to support you on your journey towards a more inclusive and equitable community.

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