Multicultural Advisory Council
The BISD Multicultural Advisory Council has provided service and guidance to the district since 1986. The goals of the multicultural education program are to have each student:
Feel valued and respected
Be Successful, both academically and socially
Recognize and understand diverse perspectives
Make meaningful contributions in a democratic society
To create an inclusive environment where all students, teachers, non-certificated personnel, parents and administrators feel safe, secure and understood…truly feel valued as unique individuals. In this environment, each can be free to learn while interacting caringly and positively with the commonalities and differences present in our diverse school community.
This will help our students to freely embrace diversity and differences as desirable traits and as strengths and uniqueness of our country, as they confidently become contributing members and leaders in our increasingly diverse society locally, nationally, and globally.
The Council shall consist of voting members appointed by the BISD Board of Directors. Members will be parents with at least one child enrolled in the district at the time of appointment. The Council shall also consist of voting members appointed by the Board who are members of the community. The Council membership shall reflect diversity in terms of culture, national origin, race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation consistent with the district’s equal educational opportunity policy. The Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Multicultural Education Coordinator, Multicultural Program Specialist, a Board member, Multicultural Education Lead Teachers, and a representative of Bainbridge Island Education Association will be non-voting members. The Board shall seek recommendations for appointment from the Council, district administrator, and staff. Members shall be appointed for two-year terms, with half of the voting members being retained each year.
Regular Council meetings will be held during the school year and meeting minutes will be distributed to the board. Meetings are held on a monthly basis. Most meetings are held at a different school site to make more meaningful connections with the School District.
How to get involved
- Attend a meeting
- Take to specific members,
- Check in with your school site
- Get involved in your student’s classroom
- Volunteer at various school events, projects, and programs
- Become a member of MAC
MAC Executive Board Members
Karen Vargas, Co Chairperson
Katie Curtis, Co Chairperson
Joyce Nishimura, Co Vice Chairperson
Kathy McGowen, Co Vice-Chairperson
Steven Soltar, Co-Recorder
Marsha Cutting, Co-Recorder
Sheryl Belt, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction