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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Published: 1/5/2022 4:57 PM

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which is a part of the Office of Teaching and Learning, is committed to fostering an inclusive learning environment in which all Kentucky public school students receive the same treatment, with the same rights and responsibilities, regardless of their differences, abilities or backgrounds.

The Kentucky Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education believe all students should have ​the necessary supports to reach their full potential as students and human beings. Our goal is to close the opportunity gap for all students and to prepare them for life and future success.

​Core Values

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leans heavily on the Kentucky Board of Education's resolution affirming its commitment to racial equity in Kentucky public schools through a resolution adopted on July 10, 2020.



Diversity: Individual traits and differences which directly impact the engagement, inclusivity and experiences of students such as: race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, country of origin, differing abilities, personality and learning styles, as well as cultural, political, religious or other affiliations. 

Equity: The promotion of access, opportunity and advancement of all individuals, including those in underserved communities, in order to identify and eliminate conditions that prevent the ability of all students to reach their full potential. ​

The term ‘underserved communities’ refers to populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as geographic communities, that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social and civic life (Federal Executive Order 13985, 2020​).​

Inclusion: The intentional act of creating an environment that fosters mutually respectful relationships in which each student, regardless of intellectual, social, cultural and geographic background, is welcomed, supported and valued as fully participating members of society.

Meet the KDE DEI Team

​Thomas Woods-Tucker, Ph.D. 
Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer  
Office of Teaching and Learning​​
Damien Sweeney, Ed.D.​​
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Office of Teaching and Learning


​Dr. ​Damien Sweeney
Office of Teaching and Learning
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 892-6639, ext. 4545 
Fax (502) 564-6470



Featured KDE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) ​Resources

KDE Facilitating Conversations about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion document

Facilitating Conversations About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

KyMTSS Equitable Acces and Opportunity webpage

KyMTSS Equitable Access and Opportunity webpage

KyMTSS Resources for Equitable Access and Opportunity

KyMTSS Resources for Equitable Access and Opportunity

Additional DEI Resources


JCPS: Racial Equity Analysis Protocol (REAP)

JCPS: Affirming Racial Equity (ARE) Tool

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