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District Equity Team


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Fremont Unified School District is committed to ensuring academic success for every student and to achieving our district Goal: Establish partnerships with our families and community to increase academic success for all students.

As part of the Fremont’s ongoing strategic improvement efforts, the district has formed a District Equity Team to help develop an equity plan focused on closing achievement and opportunity gaps for students. Like many districts across the region, state, and nation, Fremont Unified sees evidence of achievement and opportunity gaps in its data.

  • Achievement gaps refer to any significant, persistent disparities in academic performance between groups of students, based on income level, race, or program participation.
  • Opportunity gaps refer to gaps in access to resources, programs.

Throughout the 2017-18 school year, the district worked to provide staff professional development, and to refine our district's policies to prevent harassment. The District Equity Team will help make recommendations to the District regarding the effectiveness of the district’s anti-harassment program for all students in the District.

The District Equity Team consists of 20 members and will include district staff, community representatives, parents and students. Team members have been selected based upon geographic location and representation of the diverse population of the City of Fremont. The District Equity Team reviews and discusses data, prioritizes action steps, and advises on the development of the district’s equity plan. Team members have committed to a two-year term.

Thank you to everyone who joined the District Equity Team, Team contact Dr. DiShawn Givens, Educational Equity Coordinator, at or (510) 657-2350, Ext. 12371.

District Equity Team meetings will be held on a quarterly basis on the following Mondays:

2017-18 Meetings
December 18, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
February 5, 2018 from 4:30‐6:30 p.m.
May 7, 2018 from 4:30‐6:30 p.m. OR May 21, 2018 from 6:00‐8:00 p.m. Agenda & Notes

2018-19 Meetings
October 10, 2018 from 4:30‐6:30 p.m. Agenda and Notes
December 11, 2018 from 4:30‐6:30 p.m. Agenda and Notes
January 8, 2019 from 4:30‐6:30 p.m. Meeting was cancelled
March 12, 2019 from 4:30‐6:30 p.m. Agenda & Notes
May 14, 2019 from 4:30‐6:30 p.m. LCAP Presentation and Feedback Collected

2019-20 Meetings (Mondays at Oak Room - 4210 Technology Dr.)
October 21, 2019 from 6:00‐8:00 p.m. Agenda | Minutes
November 11, 2019 from 6:00‐8:00 p.m. Agenda
January 6, 2020 from 6:00‐8:00 p.m. - Cancelled
March 16, 2020 from 6:00‐8:00 p.m. Agenda
May 18, 2020 from 6:00‐8:00 p.m. - Cancelled
Postponed - June 1, 2020 from 6:00‐8:00 p.m. (Combo with African-American Parent Advisory Committee (AAPAC) - Tuesday) - Postponed


Equity Team Members
Name Position
Cheri Gholston Inclusion SpEd
Sue Lemke Administrator
Carl Bullard Teacher
Monica Manjarrez Teacher
Jamie Shimomura Administrator
Judy Nye Principal
Christina Arroyo Principal
Shakira Durham Psychologist
Lakshmi Balasubramanian Inclusion SpEd
Kim Kelly Director
Susan Guirrero Principal
Olivia Santillan Parent
Laura Guajara Parent
Fahria Khan Community Member
Officer Rodriguez Community Member