Diversity & Inclusion

Jeffco embraces and honors diversity in all forms including: race, ethnicity, gender, transgender, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ability and disability. The Diversity and Inclusion Office supports the district focus of infusing awareness and attention to the needs of diverse learners into the work of every school and department.

Community Diversity Advisory Council

The Community Diversity Advisory Council includes parents, staff and community members who offer advice and support to the district in creating an inclusive environment and improving educational outcomes for diverse learners.

Diversity Resource Team

The Jeffco Diversity Resource Team is composed of a core group of staff from the Student Engagement Office. In collaboration with experts from diverse backgrounds, they work to mediate issues that arise in the district and school communities.

Jeffco Student Voice

Jeffco Student Voice is a district-wide initiative that empowers high school students from diverse backgrounds with leadership, cultural awareness, teamwork and advocacy skills. Jeffco Student Voice is a forum for students to collaborate with the Superintendent and other school, district and community leaders create a sustainable movement for social justice in our community through compassionate leadership.

Minority Educators Advisory Committee

The Minority Educators Advisory Committee provides support and guidance to the district in the areas of inclusion and cultural proficiency as well as offering networking and professional development for minority staff.

Professional Learning

Jeffco Public Schools Diversity Specialists offer a variety of professional learning opportunities to teachers, classified staff and school leaders focused on cultural proficiency, diversity and student engagement.

Wayne Carle Awards

In 1940 a group of grubby 10 year old campers, on their way back from a week in the mountains, could hardly wait for their promised swim at the local country club. They lined up eagerly at the entrance to the fenced club and began to enter.  One of the campers Mary Ota, an Asian American, was stopped and told she could not enter.  Without saying a word, her fellow campers all turned around and got back on the bus, their eyes filled with tears at the affront to their friend. One of those campers was ten year old Wayne Carle. Since that incident so many years ago, Dr. Wayne Carle, former Superintendent of Jeffco Schools, has remained devoted to promoting cultural understanding and respect. His impetus for this work generated the Wayne Carle Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Diversity and Equity in Jefferson County Public Schools.

Contact Information

Dave Kollar
Director - Student Engagement Office

Jason Firestone
Manager - Student Engagement Office

Hilario Benzon
Diversity Specialist - Student Engagement Office

Arianne Rivera
Diversity Specialist - Student Engagement Office

Simone McLaughlin
Technician - Student Engagement Office