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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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In our increasingly diverse and multicultural society, it is more important than ever for our district to incorporate culturally responsive instruction and practices throughout the school district.

DEI, Cultural Proficiency Definitions

Curriculum information

Lake Orion Community Schools does not teach Critical Race Theory nor the 1619 Project as part of its curriculum. LOCS focuses on cultural proficiency, culturally responsive teaching practices, diversity, equity, inclusion, Social Emotional Learning, and creating “Safe and Brave Spaces” for all groups and individuals.

DEI Resources

Previous Presentations/Events

DEI Leaders

Michelle Cureton

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

LOCS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) District Committee

Tricia O'Donnell

Blanche Sims:

Tricia O'Donnell

Michelle Russell

Paint Creek:

Michelle Russell

Jennifer Carpus

Pine Tree Center

Jennifer Carpus



Jessica Ligrow

Shannon St. Dennis

Stadium Drive:

Shannon St. Dennis


Emily Pettey

Orion Oaks: Emily Pettey

Ryan Dawley


Ryan Dawley



Marie McDonald

Jennifer Nicks


Jennifer Nicks

Melissa Berndt


Melissa Berndt


Dalton, Melissa

Scripps: Melissa Dalton


Jennifer SMith

Learning Options: Jennifer Smith


Pine Tree Center: Lisa Oja