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The Monroe County School Corporation is re-introducing a position focused solely on diversity.
Lawrence Julius Hanks II is set to become the district’s new coordinator of diversity opportunities. The position’s been vacant for the past few years, with other staff members taking on some of the duties.
In recent years the district has introduced diversity-related workshops, teacher and staff training, and formed a Diversity Advisory Team to address diversity and equity concerns.
MCCSC Public Information Officer Andrew Clampitt says Hanks will assist in the district’s ongoing effort of creating “cultural competency.”
“Parts of his job functions are developing curriculum and trainings on diversity issues, making sure we’re assisting underrepresented groups within MCCSC,” Clampitt says.
Clampitt says Hanks will also serve on a team of administrators and staff to work on the district’s future diversity plans.
“Our ultimate goal is that people look through the lens of someone else as they’re teaching, as they’re learning,” Clampitt says.
Hanks is currently a Ph.D. candidate and an associate instructor in the kinesiology department atIU’s School of Public Health.
Last year, the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males named Hanks an Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow.