Equity & Diversity Committee

The Northshore School District’s Equity and Diversity Committee will meet throughout the academic year and act as an advisory committee to the Northshore School Board by providing support, guidance and information about issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion in our schools and programs.

 Equity and Diversity Committee will focus on the following:

  • Promotion of inclusion and equity for all within our schools by examining issues of institutional equity and advising district staff on responses to incidents of bias and harassment 
  • Review and analysis of student performance, program participation and behavior data in order to form policy and/or procedural recommendations
  • Development and oversight of implementation of the district’s Equity Strategic Plan
  • Support in identifying, reviewing and implementing curricula, initiatives and efforts that best support students
  • Support of Human Resources’ efforts and focus on hiring a more diverse workforce
  • Review and recommendation of new and/or revised language to board policies to guide and support focus on equity/diversity throughout the district.

Guiding Principle

The district believes in creating safe, caring, mutually respectful environments where all students are honored and valued for their diverse cultural backgrounds, unique strengths and diverse abilities.

Committee Membership

As an advisory committee to the Northshore School Board, the board is interested in appointing a diverse committee that includes people from varied backgrounds, perspectives and experiences who:

  • Bring knowledge, experience and relationships that reflect the diversity of the Northshore community
  • Have a strong interest in educational equity issues
  • Can engage in the process of institutional change related to equity and inclusion
  • Have experiences across multiple dimensions of diversity
  • Are willing to serve a two-year term and attend at least 80 percent of the time

Composition of Membership

  • 2 community members
  • 3 parents
  • 4 administrators
  • 4 NSEA members
  • 1 NEOPA member
  • 2 students

Members & Subcommittees

Districtwide Engagement

  • Elizabeth Meza, staff
  • Rick Ferrell, staff
  • Aditya Yelamali, student
  • Sam Al-Khoury, community member
  • Cynthia Wong, parent
  • Rayford Blakeney, parent
  • Dennis Corsaro, parent
  • Delia O-Malley, parent
  • Luisa Vega, parent
  • Tamorah Redshaw, staff
  • Erica Hill, staff
  • Sarita Shukla, parent
  • Alex Clark, staff

Schoolwide Engagement

  • Umme-Kulsum Darugar, student
  • Akshayini Agrawal, student
  • Vildana Ramic, staff
  • Becca Hall, staff
  • Laurie Evans, parent
  • Claudine Miller, parent
  • Fran Davidson, community member

Hiring and Retention

  • LaTisha Joseph, staff
  • Nani Lium, staff
  • Tom Petersen, staff
  • Ana Foy, staff
  • Marisela Cerda, parent

Gender and Sexuality

  • Jasmine King, student
  • Veronica West, staff
  • Rick Lizotte, staff
  • Heather Bloom, parent
  • Stefanie Iverson Cabral, parent
  • Jesse Haverstock, parent
  • KC Rose, staff

Measuring Progress

  • Joseph Robertson, staff
  • Shelby Reynolds, staff
  • Ramya Sitaraman, parent
  • Todd McPeak, parent
  • Patricia Rojas Phung, parent
  • Greg Cox, staff


  • Amy Bearmon, parent
  • Tina Williams, parent
  • Noreen Khan, parent
  • Shayma Khan, student

Contact Us

Chris Bigelow, Ed.D.
Director of Equity and Diversity