Let's talk: diversity and inclusivity in our schools childen of different races smiling together

Community Listening Sessions

  • 12 to 1:30 p.m. & 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    July 10  |  Gypsy Hill Park Gym

    The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) will lead and moderate two community listening sessions about diversity and inclusivity in Staunton City Schools from 12 to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 10 at the Gypsy Hill Park Gymnasium.

    Our thanks to the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge for making these sessions possible.

    VCIC would like to hear from the community on the following subjects:

    • Do students and their families feel accepted in Staunton City Schools (SCS)?

    • Are school administrators, teachers and staff offering a welcoming and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds?

    • What can SCS do to cultivate a more diverse learning environment for its students and staff?

    • What can SCS do to cultivate a more welcoming and inclusive learning environment for its students and staff?

    • How does the Staunton community feel about the name of Robert E. Lee High School?

    The listening sessions are part of a yearlong diversity and inclusivity process approved by the School Board in the fall of 2017. 

    Register to Speak

    Participants may register online to speak during one of the two listening sessions or call 540.332.3920 to sign up.

    • Registration is not required to attend the listening sessions; however, those who wish to speak must register.

    • Speakers may only register for one session, to allow as many unique speakers as possible to be heard.

    • Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to time constraints, registration will be closed once each listening session has 40 registered speakers – or a total of 80 speakers. Registration ends at 4 p.m., July 9.

    Registration is now closed.


    The Gypsy Hill Park Gym's maximum capacity is 250 people, and entrance to the venue will be cut off once capacity is reached. Guests will be allowed entrance on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Ground Rules

    All participants are required to conduct themselves with respect and civility. Participants should be aware of the following ground rules in advance:

    • Because VCIC has a limited amount of time to gather as much public input as possible, each registered speaker will have a maximum of two minutes to speak. A stopwatch will be visible to help each speaker keep track of time.

    • If a speaker exceeds the two-minute limit, he or she will be notified, and the microphone will be cut off shortly thereafter. Speakers are asked to be courteous to the person after them and limit their remarks to the given time limit.

    • Name calling, slurs and vulgarities of any kind, verbal and physical attacks, and unlawful conduct will not be permitted. Any such actions may result in the termination of a speaker’s time and removal from the venue.