Community Engagement

Over the next few months, the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) will host multiple community events to engage with the APS community to discuss how he is systematically implementing diverse, equitable, and inclusion practices across the school division. These community events will also allow members of the community to provide feedback to the CDEIO, while recommending changes and new practices they would like to see implemented.

Let’s Talk: A Community Discussion on Race

Arlington Public Schools hosted the virtual “Let’s Talk: A Community Discussion on Race” event on Monday, June 22. This event was a follow up to the joint statement on race issued by the Superintendent and School Board earlier in the month. The virtual event included a panel discussion and Q&A for students, staff and community members to engage in a meaningful discussion around race and equity. This was the first in a series of ongoing community discussions on race over the coming months.

The Let’s Talk Event Series will continue through the summer with additional events specifically for students to provide them with the opportunity to to talk about current events in a format that will empower them to identify problems and create solutions in advocating for change.

Let’s Talk Summer Student Series

The Let’s Talk Summer Student Series is a series of community and student-based conversations about race relations in America. The “Let’s Talk: A Community Discussion on Racism” event was the beginning of the series and was a community forum for courageous conversations focused on how parents can talk to students about race relations in America and the impact on school systems. The Let’s Talk Summer Student Series is designed to cultivate student leadership by moving students along a continuum of empowering their voices to identify problems and create solutions in advocating for change. All sessions in the series will be designed to model how to have table talks and family conversations about current events.

All sessions will be held virtually and the invite to the virtual event will be emailed to attendees.

Session #1 – Let’s Talk: What’s on Your Mind?
Date: July 8, 2020

To challenge all students to think critically, instill a sense of empathy and empower students to act as allies for one another. Time to reflect, not just that they have understood, but that they are able to internalize and integrate the experience; that they are able to explore and articulate the feelings and thoughts that emerge from the encounter, and that they are able to recognize their own individual growth and development as a result.

Session #2 – Let’s Talk: Brown Skin & A Blue Uniform
Date: July 22, 2020

Discuss the issue of race and systemic racism with police officers. School Resource Officers (SROs) from the Arlington County Police will participate in this event to discuss how they support school communities and to answer questions from students.

Session #3 – Let’s Talk: Using Social Media for Social Action: From Bystander to Ally
Date: Aug. 5, 2020

Engage students in the debate about the efficacy of social media as a tool for social change while encouraging students to use technology in a positive and safe way to support social justice and be change agents.


Contact the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Arron Gregory at 703-228-6269 or arron.gregory@apsva.us.