Equity Committee-

Co-Chair: Monique P. Mueller

The Equity Committee seeks to assure robust representation and consideration of groups experiencing historic and enduring marginalization (due to their race, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation) in school activities, policies and practices. We achieve this through community programming for minority students and their families, and community outreach to groups underrepresented at TES. Additionally our group compiles existing research evidence, completes new data collection, and directly advocates to the TES Board. If you are interested in participating in our group please email equity@tes-ca.com

We need your input! The Equity Committee is considering a discussion group focused on issues of racial equity and social justice. The hope is that this group could come together around books, articles, podcasts, and other discussion points to have thoughtful and productive conversation. Please take the survey through this link to help by providing your thoughts and ideas on how this group could be formed and carried out through TESCA. 

Resource of the Week: 


The word is out and spreading farther, equity requires us to correct our stories and keep up with past and current injustices. Our youth are seeing it in places like Teen Vogue. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to pause and recognize the good that has given us so much even when it’s rough, and it began with the Wampanoag. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.teenvogue.com/story/thanksgiving-myths-facts-mayflower-landing/amp

As we head toward a season of gift giving, consider what you give and where you get your gifts. Learn if you’re shopping at minority-owned businesses by going to sites like discoverdurham.com and https://www.orangecountync.gov/2566/Black-Owned-Businesses. Consider learning and sharing equity resources listed in Teaching for Change. There are many resources and opportunities!


There are so many terms around racism that it can be highly charged. Common language can help avoid some misunderstandings. This article from the National Museum of African and African-American History and Culture is a quick guide to important terms. https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/being-antiracist

Board Update: The TES Board update sent October 20, 2020, contained diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) updates and opportunities for you. Step up to be heard by signing up!


This week, a resource from Eddie Moore Jr. is meant to inspire and
keep people engaged in making the community better through music. Check out the playlist
here: https://www.eddiemoorejr.com/21daychallenge/#stayinspired


We hope to provide continuous ways for our school community and each of us as individuals to learn and grow in our understanding of matters of inequity that face our world, locally and at large. In this week’s newsletter, we’d like to highlight the podcast “Teaching While White.”  In the first episode from 2017, these teachers explore the teaching of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. It’s less than 40 minutes to listen to and brings up many interesting points on history, critical thinking, and more.

Volunteer Needs / Requests:  

The TESCA Equity Committee is still seeking a Co-Chair and always wants and welcomes new members (attend monthly planning meetings and take on project leadership) and supporters (work on short-term projects as available). Reach out to equity@tes-ca.com, and Monique or another member will be happy to discuss the committee, your interests, and the opportunities to help this already wonderful school grow.

Meeting Minutes

Link to 2020 – 2021 Minutes