Diversity panel discussion in Janesville

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Steve Benton
May 7, 2010
— The Janesville School Board continues efforts to move the district forward addressing diversity issues.

A panel discussion Thursday, sponsored by the Diversity Action Team, allowed those involved to first network, and then spend time updating themselves on the changing demographics of the district.

Diversity Action Team member, Santo Carfora, says Janesville has come a long way in 40 years when the city's only minorities were two black families. The latest statistic indicates a minority population of about 17%.

Issues discussed included addressing "hidden" discrimination, like religion and sexual orientation. The School Board is trying to get staff to reflect the community's diversity by recruiting minority teachers and to get staff to be more sensitive to cultural diversity in the classroom.

The goal of the Diversity Action Team is to eliminate racism and all forms of discrimination in the county.

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