Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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. Our 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.

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.  

2023 District-Wide Equity Audit

Since the fall of 2023, Upper Arlington Schools has been working with Insight Education Group to conduct an equity audit of the district. Through focus groups and surveys, more than 5,100 students, staff members and parents/guardians have been part of the feedback-gathering process. The findings of the audit will help to inform district programming and practices, including diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) programming; professional learning; and staff recruitment/retention. 

The equity audit recommendation report is aligned with the five key domains of Insight's Equity Framework: Structures, Systems and Resources; Culture and Community; Equity in the Educator Workforce; Professional Learning and Personal Growth; and Curriculum, Instruction and Learning. The feedback gathered through this process and the resulting report are key data points in the ongoing process to develop Upper Arlington Schools' next strategic plan, to launch in January 2025.

Documents and Resources

Approved by the Board of Education on June 16, 2020

Contact information

M. Denise Lutz, Ed.D.
Chief Excellence and Engagement Officer
(614) 487-5000

Kristyn Anderson
Executive Assistant
(614) 487-5000

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