The evidence, the history, the research, all tells us what we need to do. The question is whether we have the courage to rebuild the system of public education in a way that is just and equitable for all students.

Rey Saldaña (President and CEO of CIS National)

Our Commitment to Equity

As part of the national network of Communities In Schools® (CIS™), we believe that transformative relationships are key to unlocking a student’s potential. We will succeed by including in our strategies, ingraining in our culture, and reflecting in our behaviors, principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a result, we break down immediate and systemic barriers to create and sustain equitable outcomes. 

Within the Communities In Schools of Washington statewide network, we believe that children and youth deserve a caring community that empowers them to achieve their goals in the classroom and beyond. In order to do so, racism and other inequalities in our educational system and society must be acknowledged and addressed. The Communities In Schools of Washington network exists to build on student strengths and overcome systemic barriers through advocacy, partnerships, and individualized social-emotional supports.

Locally, Communities In Schools of Seattle exists to provide access to opportunities, resources and support for communities of color by intentional recognizing and eliminating historical barriers, and recognizing current needs, context and situation.