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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Shaker Heights Schools

In partnership with stakeholders across and beyond our school district, the staff of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is committed to advancing its mission to “. . . provide leadership, expertise and resources for the purpose of achieving and sustaining an environment that exemplifies inclusive excellence throughout Shaker Heights City Schools.” 
To achieve this, we recognize the urgent need to understand, disrupt and dismantle systemic barriers that inform historic and persistent racial disparities in academic achievement. These barriers also function to prevent all members of the District community from experiencing a sense of belonging. We stand together as staff, students and families in affirming that educational equity is not simply an idea, but a strategic and mission-driven imperative to which we are resolute in our determination to achieve for all students.

Dr. Lawrence Burnley, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer


Dr. Lawrence Burnley
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
15600 Parkland Drive
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Kim Davis
Executive Assistant
15600 Parkland Drive
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Dr. Nicole Sherman Patterson
Director of DEI Professional Learning
15600 Parkland Drive
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Keith Langford
Family and Community Engagement Coordinator
16500 Van Aken Boulevard (Shaker Heights Public Library)
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

William Warren
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Coordinator
15911 Aldersyde Drive (Shaker Heights High School)
Shaker Heights, OH 44120