Diversity and Engagement Advisory Council

  • Our Purpose

    The purpose of the Diversity & Engagement Advisory Council (DEAC) is to advise, survey, and implement plan of action on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Olathe Public Schools. Its primary objective is to ensure the fidelity of all diversity initiatives throughout the district.

    Diversity and Engagement logo The DEAC will:

    • Support the Department of Diversity and Engagement in creating an equitable environment throughout the district.
    • Discuss concerns and opportunities for improvement in programming and practices around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Make recommendations to district administration.
    • Be champions of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the district and the Olathe community.


    • Serve a minimum two-year term, by appointment.
    • Participate in monthly meetings. If unable to attend, notify council co-chair.
    • Participate in sub-committees and review data to make recommendations.
    • Participate in ad hoc committees as appointed.
    • Serve as a liaison for the community and the district on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Council Membership

    Thirty-two total members make up the council based on the following composition:

    • 3 Administrators (elementary, middle and high school)
    • 3 Certified / licensed educators (elementary, middle and high school)
    • 3 Parents (elementary, middle and high school)
    • 5 High school student representatives
    • 3 Classified staff members
    • 7 Local community organization / business representatives
    • 2 Human Resources representatives
    • 2 ONEA representatives
    • 3 At-large members
    • 1 Board of Education member

    For more information email diversity@olatheschools.org

DEAC Meeting Dates

  • The council will meet:

    • September-December 2020
    • January-May 2021