Equity Policy Development

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Equity Policy Development

The Olympia School District is committed to creating an equitable school district that serves ALL students well. As part of that commitment, the district is developing and implementing an Equity Policy that will include procedures and accountability measures. The policy will be collaboratively designed with the community to ensure a more inclusive school and work culture that promotes equity and addresses systemic and institutional barriers that have historically marginalized students, staff and families.


National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

“The term “equity” refers to fairness and justice and is distinguished from equality: Whereas equality means providing the same to all, equity means recognizing that we do not all start from the same place and must acknowledge and make adjustments to imbalances. The process is ongoing, requiring us to identify and overcome intentional and unintentional barriers arising from bias or systemic structures. (See an illustration of this concept.)”


Source: “Equity-Definition.” Naceweb.org, National Association of Colleges and Employers, https://www.naceweb.org/about-us/equity-definition/


Equity: noun

  1. as in neutrality
    • lack of favoritism toward one side or another
    • The judge considered both sides of the argument with equity
  2. as in justice
    • the practice of giving to others what is their due
    • Basic to the notion of equity is the principle that all people are of equal standing in the eyes of the law

Synonyms & Similar Words

neutrality, objectivity, neutralism, objectiveness, fairness, impartiality, justice, nonpartisanship, evenhandedness, disinterest, tolerance, disinterestedness


Antonyms & Near Antonyms

prejudice, bias, favor, partisanship, favoritism, partiality, chauvinism, subjectivity, nepotism, nonobjectivity, predisposition, inclination


Source: “Equity.” Merriam-Webster Thesaurus


Olympia School District: Let's Talk Equity Videos

The videos below feature Olympia School District students discussing equity in our district and their schools, what that means to them, what works, what does not work, and what will be their focus as members of the equity focus groups currently being formed across our district.





To learn more about the committee’s work, see the information below:



The Olympia School Board held two work sessions – one on December 16, 2021 and another on March 3, 2022 – to discuss the development of an OSD Equity Policy.



Equity Policy Steering Committee

An Equity Policy Steering Committee, including representation from students, staff, families and community members, scheduled its first meeting on March 17, 2022. The committee’s goal is to determine the best ways to authentically engage with the community and gather feedback that will inform the development of an Equity Policy.

OSD Equity Policy Steering Committee

(current as of August 25, 2022)


Committee Membership

Adia Waters, Student

Bill S. Kallappa II, Community Member

Christine Zhang, Student Representative, Olympia School Board

Katie Savinski, Secondary Humanities Instructional Coach

Katy Johansson, Olympia Education Foundation and Parent

Kindra Galan, CIELO

Kris Peters, Local Tribal Leader, Parent and Community Member

Maria Flores, Olympia School Board President

Michelle Pineda, Student

Parfait Bassale, Community Member

Patrick Murphy, Superintendent

Rahma Gaye, Student Representative, Olympia School Board

Rebekah Gabrielle Ponte, Student

Sandra Gordon, Native Education & Tribal Relations Program Manager

Scott Clifthorne, Olympia School Board Director

Tyron Nixon, Parent


Support Roles

Kimberlee Armstrong, Facilitator

Ryan Howland, OSD Director of Projects & Grants for Student Success


Equity Policy Steering Committee Meeting Summaries


Equity Policy Community Zoom Webinar Held April 13, 2022



Tentative Timeline


  • December 2021-March 2022: Olympia School Board discusses Equity Policy development during two board work sessions.
  • March 2022: Equity Policy Steering Committee convenes.
  • April-June 2022: Initial work begins on engaging students, staff, families and community members in Equity Policy development through in-person and/or online focus groups, and other forms of engagement/communication.
  • August 2022: Equity Policy Steering Committee resumes meetings, facilitated by Kimberlee Armstrong, CEO In Lead Out, LLC.
  • September - December, 2022: Equity Policy Steering Committee to hold two retreats (September 10 and December 10, 2022), and Olympia School Board to hold two work sessions (October 6 and November 3, 2022), on Equity Policy Development.
  • January 2023: Equity Policy Focus Groups to Launch