Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment

Upper Arlington Schools is committed to ensuring that our school district is a place where every member of our school community feels welcomed, valued, supported and embraced. 
 
We believe it is our responsibility to teach and lead with diversity, inclusiveness, empathy, compassion and civility, and provide our students, staff and families with the tools to bring us together as one.
 
The Upper Arlington Board of Education acknowledges that acts of racism, prejudice, bias and bigotry occur within our schools and is committed to eliminating these experiences for students, families and staff.  We are committed to continue listening, learning, growing and improving educational practices so that every child has a safe space to learn, grow and thrive without fear of prejudice or bias. We are also committed to ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion and the related issues of student achievement and safety are top of mind at all times.
 
Under the leadership of the Board of Education, the district will be taking the following steps:
  • Creating an Equity Advisory Board that brings together the voices of students, staff, parents/guardians and community experts for guidance. 
  • Creating a new district-level leadership position for diversity, equity and inclusion. The district will be gathering staff, student and community feedback this summer that will inform the selection process.  
  • Creating this new section of our district website to share our commitment to our diversity, equity and inclusion work and additional resources as they become available.
  • Keeping diversity, equity and inclusion at the forefront by including an update in every Board of Education meeting and any committee meeting. 

As a district, we know that there is a tremendous amount of work that we can and must do in all areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to this journey and ensuring that every member of our school community feels welcomed, valued, supported and embraced.

Our Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Matthew BoazWelcome to Matthew Boaz, the new executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion of Upper Arlington Schools! Mr. Boaz has extensive experience in the DEI field over the past 20 years in a variety of public agencies and educational institutions.  


Mr. Boaz comes to Upper Arlington from the city of Toledo, where he served as the director of diversity and inclusion. Prior to that, he was the chief diversity officer at Wright State University.  He has also worked with the University of Cincinnati and Miami University during his career.


Mr. Boaz has a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies/interpersonal and public communication and a master’s degree in public administration, both from Bowling Green State University.  He served in the U.S. Navy during the Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns.


As the executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion, Mr. Boaz will provide leadership to support, recognize and celebrate the dignity of all people. He will serve as a leader, mentor, facilitator, collaborator and resource for students and families, school leaders, faculty, staff, business partners, volunteers, donors, and friends.


History of our DEI commitment

Upper Arlington Schools is continuing to build on the diversity, equity and inclusion work that we began in 2016 and the commitments we made in our strategic plan. Our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion began in 2016 when the district partnered with the Upper Arlington Education Association and the Ohio Education Association to provide an unprecedented three-day training for more than 100 staff members from all areas of the district.  These staff members now serve as leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion work in their buildings and departments.

Our new strategic plan builds on this foundation. Our new strategic priority of student and staff well-being is rooted in our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe it is essential for our students and staff to feel a sense of belonging and balance in order to have safe learning environments in which everyone can thrive.  

Contact Information

Matthew Boaz
Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Kristyn Anderson
Executive Assistant
Phone: (614) 487-5000

Speak Up! hotline

The Speak Up! hotline allows students, parents and any other concerned parties to file an anonymous report regarding potential safety or bullying issues including but not limited to: discrimination; bullying, harassment or intimidation; sexual harassment; abuse (physical or mental); alcohol, drugs or tobacco; hacking or cyber crime; health concerns; suicidal behavior; suspicious behavior; theft; threat; vandalism; violence or fighting; or a weapon or dangerous item.

Important documents

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