Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 


Request for Proposal & Scope of Investigation

Student Proposal for District Action Plan

Student Input Slide

School Board Statement 3/24/19

3/20/2019 - Draft Scope of Work sent to MAEC for review

3/18/2019 - School Board voted to engage the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC)

Slides for Kennebunk Board Meeting (MID-ATLANTIC EQUITY CONSORTIUM -Karmen Rouland, Ph.D.)

Board Meeting Presentation 3/4/19 (Phil Potenziano, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent)


5/23/2019 - The RSU 21 District Administrative Team will be working with Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants (MICC). The entire District Administrative Team has taken the Intercultural Development Inventory© (IDI) - the premier instrument, used nationally and internationally, to measure a group’s and individuals’ abilities (skill sets and mindsets) to bridge effectively across cultural differences, so as to create an inclusive environment. 

4/11/2019 - We are pleased to announce that RSU 21 just signed a contract with Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants (MICC) and work will begin immediately with the entire District Administrative Team to facilitate an Intercultural Development Inventory© (IDI) - the premier instrument, used nationally and internationally, to measure a group’s and individuals’ abilities (skill sets and mindsets) to bridge effectively across cultural differences, so as to create an inclusive environment. 

The results from the IDI will include, but are not limited to:

  • Does the group have an “Intercultural Mindset” that welcomes and leverages difference?

  • Does the group have a “Monocultural Mindset” that inadvertently suppresses, ignores, or judges difference, or something in between? 

  • Quantification of where a group perceives it is versus where it actually is in its approach. 

By knowing this information the RSU 21 Administrative team can understand our intercultural strengths as well as our gaps and how this may play out in enacting a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan. 
Upon completion of the IDI by the District Administrative team, the next step in our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan will include having all of our Department Heads, Team Leaders, and Content Leaders also take the IDI.

3/27/19 & 4/3/2019 - At two late start Wednesdays, MSK will welcome Brandon Baldwin from the Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Baldwin will be providing in-service training, Challenging Bias and Harassment in Our Schools. Staff will be thinking and talking about issues related to race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender (including gender identity and expression), and sexual orientation.


3/14/2019 - KHS Student Led Forum

The Civil Rights Team asked for additional volunteers at the end of the Step Forward activity to assist with the Student Forum.  Lucia Davis and Julia Connolly were the facilitators; a group of students sat on the stage in the theater to discuss several topics that had emerged from the Step Forward conversations.  This modeled civil discourse for the entire school. Juniors and seniors were in the theater; the event was live streamed to freshmen in the Economos Lecture Hall and sophomores in the cafeteria.

Following the discussion among the students on stage, an open mic was provided so that students in the audience could comment on DEI topics.

3/7/2019 - KHS Step Forward

The KHS Civil Rights Team went through data collected on DEI in an anonymous student survey.  They also talked with the MSK Civil Rights Team about the topics that they had addressed in their Step Forward Day.  The KHS students then prepared statements that they felt were age-appropriate for high school. During the last block on March 7, members of the Civil Rights Team stood in the center of the KHS gym and read statements.  Seniors lined up on each side of the gym and stepped forward if a statement applied to them; underclassmen sat on the bleachers and stood if a statement applied to them. Following this activity in the gym, students went to advisories where they had small group discussions based on follow-up questions composed by the Civil Rights Team.

3/1/2019 - MSK Step Forward

MSK Civil Rights Team members stepped forward in a profoundly courageous way to engage the school community in thinking and talking about issues related to race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation in an age-appropriate manner. These dedicated students collaborated to shed light on the impact of hurtful words and their prevalence in and around our school by leading the entire school, including more than 600 students and staff, in a “Step Forward” activity around hurtful language. We saw first-hand the impact hateful words have on our students and our students witnessed how their words and actions affect those around them.

2/28/2019 - KHS Movie & Discussion: I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin

KHS, the Civil Rights Team and Film Club hosted a movie and discussion on I am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin. After the showing, members of the Civil Rights Team and Film Club held a facilitated discussion.


6/13/2019 - At the May 14, Department of Justice Community Relations Planning Session, facilitated by a representative from the Department of Justice, included 40 members of our community. Groups represented were RSU 21 students, staff, administration, school board members, parents, community members, and town employees. The group came together and identified the strengths and weaknesses that surround not just the school district, but the our entire community. As a result, participants concluded that there would be significant benefit in a larger scale ‘Community SPIRIT Session’ with representation from all facets of the 3 towns that comprise our community.

This is the first step in what we hope will be a solid foundation for a cultural shift towards inclusivity and acceptance throughout our school district and the three towns. The goal of the SPIRIT session is to identify what action steps we can take to make all aspects of our district and community be a more welcoming and safe environment for all who reside here. 

We are looking for volunteers to participate:

Thursday June 13, 2019 at 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Kennebunk Town Hall *Lunch will be provided*

Please keep in mind that the planning session will require your participation for the whole day. Please plan your schedule so that you will be available for the entire session.

To volunteer to participate, please click here to complete the sign-up sheet. If you are unable to access the form, please call 207-985-1100 for assistance with registration.

Participation will be limited to the first 90 registrants. However, additional opportunities will arise as a result of the work done at this session and additional volunteers will be needed in the near future.

5/14/2019 - RSU 21/Department of Justice Community Outreach Planning Session.

A school/community Diversity, Equity and Inclusion planning session will take place on May 14, 2019 (Lunch will be provided) at Kennebunk Elementary School A-120 from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm. Interested individuals should use the RSU 21 Parent/Committee Volunteer Form which can be found on the district webpage. We are looking for the following: 4 Parents (at least one from each town and preferably one from each grade level span) and 4 Community members (at least one from each town). If you have any questions please contact: Dr. Phil Potenziano at 985-1100 or email: ppotenziano@rsu21.net

 3/11/19 - Town & Faith Based Community Leaders Discussion

On Monday, March 11th, twenty-six Faith-Based and Community Leaders met with Drs. Hawes and Potenziano to discuss issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our community. Faith leaders represented a wide-range of religions and varying understanding and beliefs. Community leaders included Town Managers, Social Service Providers, Police and Fire Chiefs, and Librarians. Each member with the ability to influence groups of people within our community. Lunch was provided by the RSU 21 Nutrition Department and the discussion focused upon ways to advance conversations and actions toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our respective circles of influence.