Equity & Inclusion

Taran mcZee - DEI DirectorEducational equity is a shared responsibility to ensure every student receives the proper educational opportunities to thrive. Our district's success depends on our commitment and willingness to confront inequities. We will dismantle institutional and systemic barriers by creating policies and practices to create equitable access for all of Holland's students, teachers, staff, and administration. 

Holland Public School District believes and honors all students, ethnicity, identity, sexual orientation, and ability. Students must be given meaningful and engaging learning opportunities and allowed to grow in a forever growing global society. 

Taran McZee
HPS Director of Equity & Inclusion


 

Equity & Inclusion News at HPS

6.8.22 | ACEH In the Community

HPS Celebrates Pride Month

Holland Public Schools supports our LGBTQ community. #HPSPride

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Student Essays Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion

To celebrate African American History, fifth grade students at Jefferson participated in a writing contest sponsored by the I Am Academy. Students picked a famous African American and completed a research report including information about the impact the individual had on the world. We had four winners, each receiving a $50 gift card. Winners include Nilma Garcia Ramos, Louie Orme, Nola Wade, and Langdyn Grigg

Committed to the Emotional Health of HPS Students

Helpful resources for helping students cope with unsettling current events.

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HPS Podcast 3.29

During the month of March, we celebrate Women's History Month by honoring the women who lead Holland Public Schools. This week we talk with 3rd Grade Teacher Julie Mishoe from Jefferson Elementary.   Listen to the Podcast or watch the video!

 

ASL Interpretation for DHH Students/Families at Vocals: Live

#HPSProud of our ASL Interpreter, Kaleigh Smith for providing a way for our DHH students/families to enjoy the Vocal Dimensions show this weekend!

Blogpost: Women Lead HPS - Lanada Avinger

During Women's History Month, HPS is honoring women who lead in the district. 

Lanada Avinger is the Principal of Jefferson Elementary. Ms. Avinger reflects leadership and the impact she's having on Holland Public Schools.

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Podcast 3.28

During the month of March, we celebrate Women's History Month by honoring the women who lead Holland Public Schools. This week we talk with Principal Iliana Vasquéz from Holland Language Academy.  Listen to the Podcast or watch the video!

Blogpost: Women Lead HPS - Riley Gainey

During Women's History Month, HPS is honoring women who lead in the district. 

Riley Gainey is the Student Senate President, the Drum Major of the Marching Band, and the Captain of the Varsity Soccer team. With an introduction from Band Director Bethany VanOss, Riley reflects leadership and the impact she's having on Holland Public Schools.

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HPS Podcast 3.27

During the month of March, we celebrate Women's History Month by honoring the women who lead Holland Public Schools. This week we talk with Arletha Banks, Head Chef for HPS Nutrition Services.  Listen to the Podcast or watch the video!

Lisa Gort and Hendrina Cupery

BLOGPOST: Women Lead HPS - Hendrina Cupery

During Women's History Month, HPS is honoring women who lead in the district. 

Hendrina Cupery runs the School Nurse program at HPS through a partnership with Holland Hospital. With an introduction from School Mental Health Care Manager Lis Gort, Hendrina reflects on her leadership role at HPS and the impact she's having on the district.

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HPS Podcast 3.26

During the month of March, we celebrate Women's History Month by honoring the women who lead Holland Public Schools. This week we talk with Holland High School Principal Katie Pennington.  Listen to the Podcast or watch the video!

Andrea Mehall and Rakendra Davis

BLOGPOST: Women Lead HPS - Andrea Mehall

During Women's History Month, HPS is honoring women who lead in the district. 

Andrea Mehall is the Assistant Principal at Holland High School and the Director of Holland Early College. With an introduction from Holland Early College Teacher Rakendra Davis, Andrea reflects on her leadership role at HPS and the impact she's having on students.

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HPS Podcast 3.25

#1 Women Lead HPS.

During the month of March, we celebrate Women's History Month by honoring the women who lead Holland Public Schools. This week we talk with leaders: Ellie Zomer and Greta Van Zetten; MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award winners.  Listen to the Podcast or watch the video!

HPS Celebrates Women's History Month

This month we will honor the women who lead HPS by featuring many of them in online content. Students will also learn about women leaders who have had a lasting impact on our community and nation. 

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Holland Middle School creates flags to celebrate Black History Month

Each Advisory class at Holland Middle School was challenged to create a Black History Month flag. Each flag represents past, present and future heroes and black culture.. The flags are now hanging in the hallway for everyone to see!

Podcast 3.23

This week, we talk with District DEI Director Taran McZee about a special Black History Month assembly for students at the High School and Middle School.

Black History Month | The Race Doctor meets with students at Holland High and Holland Middle.

Students at Holland High School and Holland Middle School spent some (virtual) time today with Dr. Frederick Gooding, talking about diversity without shame or blame.

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Black History Month | Special Lunch

Students at HMS and HHS enjoy a Soul Food-inspired menu for lunch!

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Celebrating Black History Month

HPS is celebrating Black History Month. Before the basketball game on Friday, HPS Staff-member and Parent Crystal Wright sang the Black National Anthem and HHS Student Felix Cruz led the crowd in the National Anthem!