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Greg Lee
Director of Human Resources and Equity Services
Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator

(661) 259-0033 ext. 316

Welcome to the Hart District Diversity Web Page!

This page has been established to provide community members with information about events and activities that promote a "culture of respect" among all students and staff in the Hart District. We hope that you will visit often to learn more about our efforts to foster diversity awareness and appreciation in our school community.
 
Diversity News
The Association of California School Administrators (Region XV) has awarded the Hart District its "Valuing Diversity" award for 2012. In 2008, the District received statewide recognition from the California School Boards Association, earning the coveted Golden Bell Award for School Safety Programs. Currently, more than 2,000 students are directly involved in diversity program leadership roles in Hart District schools.

Featured Program - Safe School Ambassadors
This year, more than 669 students across 12 campuses were trained to work within their peer groups to reduce intergroup tensions, increase social inclusion and promote a general atmosphere of respect for all students. More than 1,443 Safe School Ambassadors are currently attending Hart District schools. This year, West Ranch HS trained its first Safe School Ambassadors, so that now the District can finally report that every comprehensive has an SSA. In addition, Sequoia Charter School also runs a modified version of the SSA program.

High School Staff Trained This Year Students Trained This Year Total Ambassadors on Site
Canyon 25 270 500
Golden Valley 4 22 75
Hart 3 38 87
Saugus 3 90 350
Valencia 3 16 45
West Ranch (first year program) 7 29 29
 
Junior High School Staff Trained This Year Students Trained This Year Total Ambassadors on Site
Arroyo Seco 11 20 37
La Mesa 0 43 56
Placerita 14 34 65
Rancho Pico 13 38 65
Rio Norte 3 33 33
Sierra Vista 4 36 51
 
Canyon, Hart, and Saugus High Students Conduct Kindness Week Event
Safe School Ambassadors and ASB students collaborated to promote positive student relations by creating signs, and public service announcements to encourage classmates to be thoughtful, respectful and inclusive.  At Hart, the students sent supportive "secret notes" to classmates who seemed to be socially introverted, isolated or excluded. At Saugus, students signed wall sized greeting cards, promoting school pride and respect for staff and peers.  At Canyon, positive memes and other graphic displays were shown on morning tv announcements, encouraging acts of kindness towards on campus and in society at large.  Kindness Week reminds us that no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. 
High School Students Stage Fair at Placerita Junior High
 
Ninth grade students from Academy of the Canyons Middle College High School created “Students Against Labels Faire” at Placerita Junior High School Friday to show the younger students how people around the world face discrimination and intolerance.
 
The fair was born out of a reading assignment of “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee by the AOC students. Booths were set up in the Placerita gym presenting information on specific types of discrimination, efforts to overcome it that included community-based approaches, and suggestions for how students can lessen the intolerance faced by members of these discriminated groups.

The junior high students had an opportunity to visit 15 different booths set up by their older counterparts, with the hope that students would learn to understand some of the experiences of misunderstood individuals. The booths included:
 
  1. Body Image – how we feel about ourselves based on what we think we have to look like.
  2. Cultural Acceptance – understanding other people’s cultural backgrounds, ideas, family life, etc.
  3. Cyber & Media – how television, movies, computers & the internet play in important role in our lives.
  4. Drug Rehabilitation – What people go through when they struggle with addiction to drugs.
  5. Invisible Illness/Chronic Conditions – How some people struggle with illnesses that nobody can see.
  6. LGBTQ+ – People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or questioning their identity have struggled with hiding their feelings from others because of discrimination.
  7. Mental Health – People who have mental health issues often feel discriminated against and mistreated because the challenges they deal with are not clearly understood.
  8. Mob Mentality – Looking at how people belonging to a mob or gang often do so out of fear, and how they can lose their own sense of judgment.
  9. Poverty & Social Class – Difficulties faced by people living in poverty.
  10. Racial Equality – the history of racial intolerance in America, and how to move towards full equality for people of all different nationalities.
  11. Religious Tolerance – learning to respect religious ideas from people who have different faiths.
  12. Social Groups – Students can learn to socialize with other kids who have different interests.
  13. Special Needs – People with different special needs have various challenges to overcome, and are sometimes bullied and devalued.
  14. Veterans – the challenges of having to readjust back into America when returning from serving at war.
  15. Women’s Rights – treating women equally in the workplace, by law, and in society.
AOC Students Receive Class Being Tested by Museum of Tolerance

Recently, students at Academy of the Canyons participated in classes taught by educators from the Museum of Tolerance. The class focused on social media today, and how it is being exploited by individuals and organizations promoting hate speech and activity. Students gave useful feedback on the effectiveness of the teacher's presentation. The class is in its developmental stages, as the Museum prepares a curriculum for delivery in schools nationwide. The AOC classes were selected because of previous study already done by these students on topics such as race relations, and diversity awareness. The students visited the Museum of Tolerance a couple of days after participating in the class.
Mission Statement
The William S. Hart Union High School District will be a safe learning community, where students and staff create a culture of respect, based on equity and inclusion, and where differences are valued and are seen as an asset, not as a liability.
Non Discrimination Policy
The William S. Hart Union High School District prohibits unlawful discrimination against and / or harassment of any student, employee or job applicant on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, gender or sexual orientation at any district site and / or activity.