Racial Justice Team
Hello Lister Families!
This questionnaire was designed by our Racial Justice Team to help us assess equitable educational practices and environments at our school. Your voice is important to us, these responses will guide how we plan our action steps.
We can't wait to hear from you!
How do we meaningfully engage families in racial justice work at Lister?
"Nothing for them without them" mindset
We need your voice!
2106 E 44th St, Tacoma, WA 98404
Racial Justice Definition
Lister recognizes that historic inequalities have disproportionately impacted communities of color. We are committed to the systematic fair treatment of people of all races. Therefore, we implement deliberate systems and supports to sustain racial justice through preventative measures. We work to achieve this through culturally responsive instruction, curriculum and professional learning. We are proactive and hold ourselves and each other accountable for the policies, practices, attitudes and actions that produce equitable treatment, power, opportunities and access. Every day, Lister is committed to academic excellence and personal success for every student in every classroom.
Lister's Racial Justice Lion Tribe Commitment
To recognize the power of families and students in shaping the future of students educational experience.
To support parents, staff, and school-based and educational system leaders in partnering to co-design equitable, anti-racist schools that advance collective well-being.
Parents and educators have a collective impact as partners in students’ educational experience. We work together to re-imagine and co-design equitable educational experiences for students. We create shared learning spaces that focus on racial justice honoring culture, history, and traditions of communities of color.
To achieve this, we commit to the following:
- Get to know each other
- Build trust
- Understand multiple perspectives
- Find common ground
- Create safe and brave spaces
- Deepen our understanding of racism with parent/guardian(s)
Meet the Change Agents
Lister Elementary's Racial Justice Lion Tribe
We’re proud to present our amazing team. Their care, enthusiasm and dedication to cultivating equitable classrooms and outcomes pushes Lister Elementary's racial justice work to the next level.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
Special Education Teacher
"Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you."
Title One Small Group Teacher
"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
“When you know who you are; when your mission is clear, and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will; no cold can touch your heart; no deluge can dampen your purpose. You know that you are alive.”
– Chief Seattle, Duwamish
Co Chair - Vice Principal
“Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.”
"I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our heart and our souls."
5th Grade Teacher
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change…I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
Pre-K Peer Inclusion Teacher
“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”
- Angela Y. Davis
Co Chair - School Counselor
"You can’t separate peace from freedom
because no one can be at peace
unless they have their freedom."
“ Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. “
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
3rd Grade Teacher
Ivett Jimenez Andalon
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."