November 11, 2021

Eaton RESA Hosts DEI-Focused County Board of Education Meeting

Eaton RESA invites school board members from local districts in its service area to come together several times per year for the Eaton County Area School Board Association (CASBA).

The initial meeting for the 2021-22 school year was held on October 26, 2021 with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). CASBA participants include members of the following Boards of Education: Charlotte Public Schools, Eaton Rapids Public Schools, Grand Ledge Public Schools, Insight School of Michigan, Island City Academy, Maple Valley Schools, Oneida District #3, Potterville Public Schools and Relevant Academy of Eaton County.

On Tuesday, October 26, Dr. Terah Venzant Chambers provided a DEI-focused learning opportunity and participated in discussion with local school board members. The topic of discussion was focused on understanding common definitions of diversity, equity and inclusion and how each of these impact schools.

“Every community and school district is unique and each one may be in a different spot along this journey. By holding this training, it allowed us all to come together and share where we are and where we would like to be as a representative of our school districts. We can’t effect change if we don’t continue to have these conversations,” said Dr. Chambers.

“Eaton RESA was pleased to help facilitate conversation with this group. We work collaboratively with our local district Superintendents to identify common learning needs for school board members. As a result, Eaton RESA has been intentional in providing conversations around DEI, as we all work to build welcoming learning environments for our students and families,” said Cindy Anderson, Superintendent of Eaton RESA.

Dr. Terah Venzant Chambers is a professor of K-12 educational administration and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the MSU College of Education. Her research interests include post-Brown K-12 education policy and urban education leadership. Dr. Chambers also serves as the president of the East Lansing School Board.