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108.00 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training and Curriculum

The District is committed to equity and inclusion and will continue training that fosters a workplace and learning environment that is respectful of all employees and students. To the extent allowed by law, the District may promote racial, cultural, ethnic, intellectual, and/or academic diversity or inclusiveness.

The District shall not inhibit or violate the First Amendment rights and/or infringe upon the intellectual vitality of students or faculty or undermine the District’s duty to protect to the fullest degree intellectual freedom and free expression.

Without limiting the prohibitions above, mandatory staff or student training provided by a District employee or contractor shall not teach, advocate, encourage, promote, or act upon specific stereotyping and scapegoating toward others on the basis of demographic group membership or identity. However, employees and contractors who provide any mandatory training may respond to questions regarding specific defined concepts, as defined by Iowa Code 261H.7, raised by participants in the training and may discuss specific defined concepts as part of a larger course of academic instruction.

Curriculum provided by a District employee or contractor may teach the topics of sexism, slavery, racial oppression, racial segregation, and/or racial discrimination, including topics relating to the enactment and enforcement of laws resulting in sexism, racial oppression, segregation, and discrimination, and may discuss specific defined concepts, as defined by Iowa Code 261H.7, as part of a larger course of academic instruction. However, without limiting the prohibitions outlined elsewhere in this policy, the curriculum shall not teach, advocate, encourage, promote, or act upon specific stereotyping and scapegoating toward others on the basis of demographic group membership or identity.

The District’s diversity and inclusion efforts shall discourage students from discriminating against others by political ideology or any characteristic protected under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, Pub. L. 7 No. 88-352, as amended, and applicable state law.

Employees are prohibited from discriminating against students or employees by political ideology or any characteristic protected under the federal Civil Rights Act of 11 1964, Pub. L. No. 88-352, as amended, and applicable state law.

Legal Reference:
U.S. Const. amend. I.
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Pub. L. 7 No. 88-352, as amended,
Iowa Code § 261H.7; 279.74

Cross Reference:
102.00 Equal Education Opportunity
107.00 Discrimination and Harassment Based on Sex Prohibited

Approved:
July 6, 2021

Reviewed:
June 20, 2021

Revised: