Equity at Drew

Drew Charter School established The Office of Culture and Equity in July of 2018, which formalized its commitment to maintaining its rich diversity and continuing its 18-year investment into equitable education in the East Lake neighborhood. Even more, the Office allowed Drew to be reflective and intentional about how it includes students and families into its culture.

The Office continues to center equity and inclusivity in our work. It seeks to provide a multicultural lens that expands the existing curriculum and programs that foster an inclusive environment to learn and thrive. The Office also aims to provide equity and culturally inclusive based professional development for teachers and facilitate conversations for parents about raising empathetic and culturally informed children.

We are excited to have added to our team in 2020, Sherrie Charles sherrie.charles@drewcharterschool.org, who works directly with our families at Drew to build our community engagement, culture, and equitable opportunities. As our new, Culture, Equity, and Liaison (formerly Parent Liaison), she leads our Parent Advisory Committee and supports our Parent Equity Committee to Identify and close equity gaps affecting families and students.

If you have questions or curiosities or want to get involved in this work here at Drew, please email Terra Gay at terra.gay@drewcharterschool.org or reach out to your academy principals or deans for ways of supporting the school’s equity efforts. 

A Message from Drew's Head of School on Equity

With an address that expresses his personal and professional commitment to Equity, Drew’s Head of School, Peter McKnight, articulates in the video below the school’s comprehensive commitment to equitable outcomes for all students, the school’s equity statement, and equity initiatives already underway. 

Drew Board of Directors Commitment to Equity Statement

As part of our steadfast efforts to ensure equitable outcomes for  ALL Drew Charter School students, we, the Board of Directors, individually and collectively, make an explicit commitment to identify, acknowledge, and dismantle policies and practices that reinforce systemic racism, and to  educate and equip ALL of our students with the ability and opportunity to be leaders in the continuous work of creating a true, beloved community.

- Drew Charter School Board of Directors

Click here to view a joint letter on equity from Drew’s Board Chair and Head of School.