2022 Community Matters Report
This year’s Community Matters Report takes a different approach than recent versions. Our 2022 report is one part of our effort at Communities In Schools® (CIS®) to thoughtfully, productively, and collaboratively address systemic inequities in our public school system. The report shares our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) journey, including a view of the overall issue and how we’ve approached DEI in our organization. We also share lessons we’ve learned so far and tools we’ve found helpful.
The work of CIS is valued now more than ever. Reengaging students as they return to school and uniting communities to support strong, equitable education environments has always been at the core of our work. Our latest strategic plan outlines the bold steps we are taking to create equitable learning conditions for the more than 2,900 schools we serve – and the thousands of schools we will serve in the future.
We hope this year’s report can help others working to advance DEI. We do not present it as the one right way to do this work. We’ve learned that one, single right way does not exist for any individual, organization, or community. Rather, we present this document with a message to all to commit to this work, to continue to improve, to face the fierce resistance with resolve, to work with humility, and to focus on ensuring the success of all students and young adults