Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
A focus on equity is key in addressing access and achievement gaps for those who are part of an educational system. Each member of a school community (students, staff, and families) are an integral part of the overall success of the institution. Twin Rivers Unified School District serves a diverse community. As such, the Governing Board and District leadership recognize that there are a plethora of unique needs, approaches, and services that are needed to ensure a positive educational experience fore each student. Twin Rivers Unified School District has continuously sought ways to ensure access and equity through the review and revision of existing systems and structures. TRUSD utilizes a system thinking approach to ensure a strategic focus on decision-making and program implementation.
In the Spring of 2021, TRUSD moved to approve the development of an Equity Department as they sought to continue to build access and inclusivity for all students, families, and staff. The district remains firm in its belief that Equity work is in no way limited to one specific department and that each department and site will continue to implement and grow practices, systems, programs, and approaches that build an equity- focused culture.
TRUSD has and will continue to strive to ensure that decisions, policies, practices, and structures within the learning system are student-centered and culturally responsive. Additionally, that ensure equity, access, support, and resources for all students, based on their unique needs and interests. This strategic equity plan will work to continue to support the district’s mission and vision.
TRUSD Vision: An unwavering focus on powerful and engaging learning experiences that prepare students for college, career, and life success.
TRUSD Mission: To inspire each student to extraordinary achievement every day.
Let's Celebrate Our Diversity!
Let's Celebrate Our Diversity!
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month) is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States...learn more here!
Learn why AAPI is celrebated in May. Click Here!
Did you know? The first known Japanese immigrant arrived to the US in 1843.
His name was Nakahama Manjirō
Black History Month
Origins of Black History Month
The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.
That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent learn more...
Filipino American History Month
10 Ways to Celebrate Filipino American History Month
Explore the history, arts, and culture of Filipino Americans in the United State... Learn all 10 facts HERE!
Did you know?
Filipinas took on various roles and tasks during WWII.
Many of them served as medical aides or nurses for Filipino and American
guerrillas and prisoners of war.
What is Filipino American History Month? Click Here to learn!
Hispanic Heritage Month
Origins of Hispanic Heritage MonthHispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Latino and Hispanic communities. Hispanic Heritage Month 2023 will last from Friday, September 15, 2023 through Sunday, October 15, 2023. The event commemorates how those communities have influenced and contributed to American society at large learn more...
LET'S CELEBRATE WHO WE ARE!
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Native American Month
Did you know? There are more than nine million Native Americans living in the United States, representing hundreds of tribal nations with diverse languages, cultures and traditions.
9 Facts About Native American Tribes
1. Native Americans spoke more than 300 languages
2. The first newspaper in a Native American language began publishing in 1828.7 more facts to know, click here!
Stay Connected and learn more about the Twin Rivers Native American Education Program.
What is pride month?
- Celebrated in June. It is a month of celebration of LGBTQIA+ communities around the world.
- On June 28, 1970, the first Pride marches were held in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
- A month to raise awareness of issues affecting the communutiy.
- Pride Month celebrations include pride parades, picnics, workshops, symposia and concerts.
- It's about teaching tolerance, education in pride history and continuing to move forward in equality.
What Does Pride Mean To You? Here's a word from Universal Kids!
Women's History Month
10 facts for Women’s History Month
- Sixty-three percent of women voted in the 2020 presidential election, compared to 59.5% of men. Women have voted at a higher rate than men in presidential elections since the 1980s. The last time men voted at a higher rate for president was 59.6% in 1976, while women voted at a rate of 58.8% learn more...
What is Women's History Month? Watch here
Upcoming PD Opportunities 2023-2024
This course will introduce participants to key Equity principles related to supervision and navigating brave conversations about race. In this workshop participants will learn how to prepare for a discussion related to how Equity is essential to a supervisory role. Participants will learn how to enhance their role as a supervisor through supervision and ecological models, while practicing key skills to effective supervisionThe purpose of this session is to provide participants with a greater understanding about historical trauma within the United States, but also within Sacramento itself. Strategies for addressing historical trauma will also be provided. Implementation: This training will include content via PPT as well as opportunities for whole group discussion. The facilitators create a brave space to discuss topics related to historical and racial trauma.Inclusive education comprises three parts: physical inclusion, academic inclusion, and social inclusion. In this workshop, we take a deep dive into academic inclusion to support educators in strengthening their understanding and practice of academic inclusion strategies. This is a practical session designed to help participants assess areas of strength as well as considerations for improving academic inclusion to benefit all learners.This workshop will assist K-6th grade instructors to teach about California Indians and their experiences. It will provide examples of resources that create an accurate picture of life in California pre-colonization, during colonization and the effects of colonization on those communities. It will also provide information about the local Miwok and Nisenan communities.
Upcoming PD Opportunities 2023-2024
Oct. 12, 2023 to Mar. 7, 2024 4 – 6 p.m. (PT)
How can you address the social-emotional learning needs of your complex learners? This training explores the how and why behind social-emotional skill-building for complex learners and provides specific strategies educators can use to ensure effective SEL instruction for learners of all kinds.
Oct. 17, 2023 to Apr. 16, 2024 4 – 6 p.m. (PT)
This course will function as a quarterly (4x per year) consultation group for GSA advisors, aspiring advisors, or those interested in learning more. Participants will learn about LGBTQ+ concepts and we will collaboratively share best practices, promising practices, and gaps related to district wide - GSA efforts and needs. We will better understand in a Community of Practice (COP) format what we can do to enhance LGBTQ+ supports at Twin Rivers.
Oct. 24, 2023 to Jan. 23, 2024 4 – 6 p.m. (PT)
Nov. 1, 2023 to Mar. 20, 2024 4 – 6 p.m. (PT)
Building trusting relationships begins with creating an environment that welcomes families and caregivers as educational partners. During this interactive session, participants will understand the importance of a welcoming environment/school culture, assess welcoming practices, identify areas of improvement, and re-design school spaces to optimize home-school partnerships.
Nov. 1, 2023 4 – 6 p.m. (PT)
History of Education and American Indian Peoples - This workshop will provide a historical overview of the use of education as a method of genocide on American Indian peoples. It will also include specific policies of importance in the State of California and a discussion of race/ethnicity vs. political/citizenship status of sovereign tribes and their members.
Nov. 2, 2023 to Mar. 19, 2024 4 – 6 p.m. (PT)
During this workshop, participants will engage in various learning activities that will help foster a deeper understanding of implicit bias and microaggressions, including how student achievement, behavior, and self-perceptions are impacted. Participants will gain practical strategies and tools on how to address these issues. This professional development workshop is intended to be highly interactive. There will be opportunities to dive into the literature and relevant research, engage in self-reflection, and learn from one another in breakout sessions. Session objectives include: Understand implicit bias and how the unconscious mind operates. Reflect on the different forms that microaggressions can take recognize the interconnections between systemic oppression, implicit bias, and microaggressions and how students and educators are affected Learn how to counteract bias by recognizing and interrupting patterns, and utilizing mindful reflection.
Nov. 9, 2023 to Feb. 8, 2024 4 – 6 p.m. (PT)
Dec. 5, 2023 to Apr. 18, 2024 4 – 6 p.m. (PT)
Dec. 6, 2023 4 – 6 p.m. (PT)
LGBTQIA+ Student Resources/Supports
LGBTQIA+ Student Resources/Supports
Twin Rivers strives to create a safe and welcoming school enviroment where everyone is physically and emotionally safe in their LGBTQIA+ identity and is respected and embraced.
We believe that regardless of anyone's sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, all students have the right to a safe, supportive learning environment.
- TRUSD Resources:
- The Trevor Project
- Website: https://www.thetrevorproject.org
- Youth Resources & Support Groups
Director Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
916-566-1600 ext. 33332
Coord, Parent & Communty Involvement
916-566-1600 ext. 33329
916-566-1600 ext. 33331