Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The district focuses on various techniques for creating an equitable learning climate for all students regardless of culture, ethnicity, race, language, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, exceptionality, family style, social status, religion and belief systems by providing support to enhance the school community’s understanding of cultures and perspectives.

Race and Ethnicity

  • Get comfortable talking and learning about race, racism, and racial inequity
  • Teach kids to be conscious of race. When adults are silent about race or use “colorblind” rhetoric, they are reinforcing prejudice in children.
  • Be proactive. Refuse to be afraid of or silent about race and pointing out different skin colors on television or in books.

Resources

LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, transgender, queer)

  • Use appropriate language. Learn new terms as language and terminology.
  • Always use the pronouns and name people want to use. If you are unsure, ask.
  • Confront inappropriate language and behaviors.

Resources

  • Kaleidoscope Youth Center works in partnership with young people in Central Ohio to create safe and empowering spaces for LGBTQQA youth through advocacy, education, support, and community engagement. 
  • TransOhio provides services, education, support, and advocacy which promotes and improves the health, safety, and life experiences of the Ohio transgender individual and community. 
  • GLSEN works to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 
  • Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. 

Leader of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Marcelius ("Mar" "Sell" "Us) Braxton joins Bexley City School District from Capital University Law School where he served as the Assistant Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. In that capacity as Assistant Dean, he also oversaw the Department of Diversity and Inclusion. He has a BS in Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics with an African Studies Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Missouri, and a JD (Juris Doctor) from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Marcelius has over 12 years of experience working on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion as an educator, advocate, student affairs practitioner, and consultant, and he has experience teaching courses in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Philosophy, Political Science, African American Studies, Leadership and Organizational Administration, and the First Year Experience.