Diversity & Inclusion


 “The Shawnee Mission East Diversity and Inclusion Committee values and respects the diversity found in the East family. We understand that diversity includes people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, socio-economic classes, religious and spiritual traditions, ages, and abilities. We are committed to promoting cross-cultural understanding, harmony, and positive relationships, and equally committed to raising the awareness of the powerful and beautiful diversity that exists within our community.”

Mission Statement and Resources




Race Project KC was established by the Johnson County Library, and is an annual immersive social justice initiative focused on the role of racism in the history of the United States and, more specifically, the Kansas City Area. It is designed for students in grades 9-12 in the KC metro area. The project gives students opportunities to learn how racism impacts us today through unique monthly events. See more @ raceprojectkc.com      


Race Project Update: March 2020

Race Project is gearing up for our 2nd student  workshop of the semester. We have 12 schools participating in 3 unique student cohorts. Cohort 1 is Blue Valley Northwest,  Olathe North, Shawnee Mission Northwest, and Sumner Academy. Cohort 2 is Blue Valley West, Piper High School, Shawnee Mission North, and Shawnee Mission West. Cohort 3 is JC Harmon, Ewing Marion Kauffman School, Shawnee Mission East, and Wyandotte High School.

The second workshop is being held at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  Students will be exploring the new exhibit Gordon Parks X Muhammad Ali. Students will be talking about representation in the arts and how we tell and shape each other’s stories. Students have been asked to consider what personal story they would like to tell a partner, and what images they would like to share. Students will work with local artist Patricia Bordallo Dibilbox to make a spread as part of a collective zine telling their partner’s story.


More about Muhammad Ali and Gordon Parks


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