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At Elk Grove Unified, we are proud of our diversity. We celebrate our diversity through numerous programs, activities and events designed to promote unity throughout our district.
Link Crew is a freshman transition program that welcomes freshmen and assists them in adjusting to high school life. Link Crew trains members of the junior and senior classes to be Link Leaders. Link Leaders are seen as positive role models and motivate, lead, teach and guide freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful in high school. Link Leaders are responsible for a group of 9-10 students and meet periodically throughout the school year at academic and social follow-up activities.
Safe School Ambassadors
The Safe School Ambassadors Program was implemented in grades 7-12 at various schools in our district. Students who are identified as Safe School Ambassadors receive training in critical skills, such as observation, communication, deflection, distraction, negotiation and referral. They are trained to notice negative behaviors and intervene and stop them before they escalate into more harmful forms of violence and create a sense of fear on campus. Safe School Ambassadors model tolerance and respect in their own interaction and are seen as role models for their peers.
Many middle and high schools train conflict managers to assist in solving conflicts amongst their peers. Conflict managers assist in dispute resolution and facilitate activities throughout the school year to promote unity. For example, at Elk Grove High School, conflict managers sponsor a “Peace Week” every April to attempt to bring the school population together through lunchtime activities and other events. Students can purchase “Thank You” and “I’m Sorry” Grams and attend an after-school ice cream social where they can make a tie-dye t-shirt.
Mix It Up Day
Mix It Up Day serves to encourage students to step “outside the box” to meet new people. Most Mix It Up Day activities take place during lunches where students are encouraged to “mix it up” with other students they don’t know by sitting at a new lunch table. Many schools promote this idea by having students sit at tables according to their birth month or their favorite animal. Mix It Up Day, a national event sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center, promotes campus unity and allows students to identify, question and cross social boundaries within their schools and communities.
Many EGUSD schools at all grade levels, from elementary school to high school, hold multicultural assemblies to raise awareness of various cultures and ethnicities. The assemblies can range from monthly events held in conjunction with awards ceremonies to once-a-year large-scale productions.
Diversity Staff Recruitment
The district not only focuses on promoting unity and diversity to our students, but amongst our employees as well. The district actively participates in diversifying our staff by recruiting a diverse workforce at job fairs throughout California.