McLean County Unit School District #5 Board Approved Equity Statement
The Unit 5 Board of Education is committed to dismantling systemic barriers to learning and
educational success for every student. In doing so, Board Members pledge to pursue
educational equity and excellence for all and empower a climate and culture of respect for
students, families, and staff. This commitment advances Unit 5’s mission, philosophy, and equity action plan.
(approved June 15, 2022)
McLean Equity Action Plan for 2023 and Beyond
McLean Unit 5 Equity Action Plan (EAP) 2021
McLean Equity Action Plan Year 1 Review
Quarterly EAP Update- Quarter 3
Quarterly EAP Update - Quarter 2
Quarterly EAP Update - Quarter 1
Equity Audit Report
Equity Audit Presentation
District Equity Leadership Team (DELT)
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Definitions as used in Unit 5
Calendar of Holidays & Observances
Resources for Students
Resources for Parents
Recognizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work in our Schools
DELT DEI Statement
District Equity Leadership Team (DELT) Statement on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
McLean County Unit 5 recognizes that “educating each student to achieve personal excellence” requires a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The district will work proactively to create a safe and welcoming environment for all regardless of identity including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, sex, nationality, ability/differently-abled, immigration status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, socioeconomic status, and language. This includes ensuring systemic and continuous development toward advancing equity within all policies and practices while removing institutional barriers that affect student learning and achievement.
Unit 5 defines EQUITY as the unbiased treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all people, while at the same time, striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. The principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically marginalized populations and that fairness regarding their unbalanced conditions is needed to assist in the provision of equitable opportunities and resources to all groups.
Unit 5 defines INCLUSION as the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and
feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued as a fully participating member. An inclusive and welcoming
climate embraces and celebrates differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people.
- We believe equity is a lens through which all decisions should be made.
- We believe in identifying and changing educational practices, policies, and processes that contribute to and
perpetuate inequities and disparities of those who have been marginalized in society by their identity, culture
or economic status.
- We believe the practices of attracting and retaining staff (i.e., recruiting, interviewing, hiring, supporting, and
promoting) must include and honor, at every level, those who represent the diverse identities of our schools
- We believe that all staff and students deserve a space to be their authentic selves. We believe that seeking
student and staff experiences and feedback on organizational culture and climate will help achieve
- We believe a continuum of professional learning and growth opportunities for all staff will help achieve
- We believe that parents/caregivers, educators, and the community must be active partners in order to help
students achieve academic excellence.
- We believe in an inclusive curriculum, and instruction and assessment that is learner-centered and based on
high standards and expectations.
Unit 5 has made an ongoing commitment to providing an environment that respects diversity among all members of our learning community. District-wide and at the school level, Unit 5 students, staff, parents, and community members are actively engaged in a rich array of programs and initiatives that seek to promote the increased understanding and appreciation of diversity.