CVUSD DEI Monthly Update

November 2022

We Believe

The Conejo Valley Unified School District strives to be a welcoming, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students and families. We are committed to creating equitable access and opportunity across race, class, ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, ability, gender identity and religion.

School Spotlight! Walnut Elementary

Walnut is a little elementary school with a BIG heart, where every student is valued and encouraged to develop a lifelong love of learning says Principal Aileen Wall.

After visiting I can easily see the truth in this statement. Walnut Elementary received a 99% on their parent survey and here are a couple of the reasons why.


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November is National Native American Heritage Month

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day.

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994.

All Month National Native American Heritage Month

All Month National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

1–2 Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos

9 World Freedom Day

11 Veterans Day/Armistice Day

13 World Kindness Day

16 International Day for Tolerance

17 International Students' Day

20 Transgender Day of Remembrance

School Spotlight! Unity Day Recap at Maple Elementary

Maple Students Tae Kwon Do

What's New

Currently the DEI department is working on a 5 year plan to promote diversity, equity and inclusion for the entire district. This plan is being developed using key stakeholder voices made up of parents, teachers, counselors, administration, and district personnel. This is a very important document, therefore we will be intentional about putting it together before releasing it to the public. Thank you for your patience in advance.

The Districts Advisory Councils are up and running and it has been an exciting start to the new year. If you have not done so, please contact your child's school and sign up for one of our wonderful Districts Advisory Councils. As a reminder, here are the groups available:

The District has a wide variety of ways in which you can join. As the district moves to become more inclusive, your voice and actions are needed. Below are the names of the current committees and people to contact if you would like to join. Just click the link to learn more about each group.

The African-American District Advisory Council (AADAC) Dr. Dwight Rogers (

Chair: Nicole Updegraff

Special Education District Advisory Council (SEDAC) Dawn Thomas (

Chair: Erin Bell:

Districts English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC) Dr. Ricardo Araiza (

Chair: Carina Pivaral –

LGBTQ+ Advisory Council Shauna Ashmore (

Chair: Megan Goebel -

GATE District Advisory Council (GATE-DAC) - Shauna Ashmore (

Chair: Hun Kaplowitz -