To ensure that ALL GRPS students are educated, productive and self-directed members of society by ensuring access to an equitable education experience that celebrates and capitalizes on the diversity of our students, staff and community.
We ENVISION GRPS as:
- A model school district where equity and inclusion are infused in every aspect of our district landscape for all students and staff;
- An organization where biases are recognized and challenged to create a supportive and inclusive environment so barriers to success are removed; and
- A community in which our diversity is understood, valued, and respected by all.
History of the Office of Equity and Inclusion
The Office of Equity and Inclusion was formally established in December 2015. Since its inception, time has been spent researching, gathering information and studying current practices and strategies in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, with an intentional focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in educational settings. We researched (and continue to research) to answer questions such as:
- How are these terms--diversity, equity and inclusion--defined? How do they unfold in the educational setting?
- What effects do these themes have on students, families, staff, our community and society as a whole?
- Whom are we serving? What is our current condition? What needs to change?
- How are others bringing about change? What strategies are being used successfully in school, community and business settings?
Director of Equity and Inclusion
Maleika Joubert Brown, Ed.S
As a 22-year educator in the Grand Rapids Public Schools, Maleika Joubert Brown works tirelessly to improve the education and life outcomes of the students she serves. In her previous roles as a teacher, Instructional Coach, Curriculum Supervisor and Director of Professional Development, she maintained a focus on the most important part of our nation’s future—it’s children. She continues this focus as the newly appointed Director of Equity and Inclusion for GRPS. This role allows her to work closely with district leadership, community partners, and families. She is an eager student of diversity, equity, inclusion, and culture as they relate to student achievement and success. Maleika has facilitated professional learning opportunities for the GRPS Board of Education, the Superintendent and her cabinet, administrators, teachers, and Parent Action Leaders in these areas. She is currently in the process of creating the District’s Strategic Plan for Equity and Inclusion. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Louisiana State University, Master of Arts from Marygrove College, and Educational Specialist from Grand Valley State University. Her role as an educator and advocate for students has afforded many opportunities to learn, grow, and share. Maleika has worked with GVSU, WMU, and the Institute for Learning to facilitate learning opportunities in the areas of mathematics and teaching and learning. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Grand Valley State University’s Regional Math and Science Center and was honored to be a member of the search committee for its new Director.