Our diversity. Our strength.

Our diversity. Our strength.
This is the image for the news article titled Our diversity. Our strength.* Board of Trustees support Dreamers: DACA resolution

The MVWSD Board of Trustees unanimously approved on Sept. 21, 2017, a resolution calling on United States Congress, including all members of the California delegation, to work with President Trump to enact legislation prior to March 2018 that would, at a minimum, continue the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and provide DACA recipients with a pathway to permanent residence and eventually to U.S. Citizenship.

For the full resolution, click here.

* MVWSD is a “safe haven” district

Committed to the health of its diverse community, the Board of Trustees approved on Feb. 2, 2017 a resolution discouraging any potential immigration enforcement activities around schools that could create a pervasive climate of fear, conflict and stress for all students.

Citing that all children in the U.S. are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ citizenship, or immigration status, the Board pledged to use its discretion authorized by law to ensure the security of all of its students.

Questions and worries about immigration affects all students; children who have a status as well as those whose family members, friends, or schoolmates do not, and students who are themselves undocumented.

Letter from the Superintendent, Sept. 12, 2017

Dear community,

One of the hallmarks of our District is our diversity. Our varied experiences, backgrounds and orientations are strengths of our community, and a big reason I chose to come to Mountain View. Our diversity enriches our lives and the educational experiences of our students.

Our students speak 49 different languages. They come from all parts of the U.S. and the world. With recent announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act, it’s more important than ever that we recognize the value of every single person. Last year, our Board of Trustees took a stand to designate MVWSD as a sanctuary school district. In the wake of DACA decision, I want to reaffirm our beliefs. We are here to serve our families; regardless of ethnicity, religion, or what flag they were born under.

A significant portion of our student body, almost 40%, is Hispanic. I encourage everyone to take a moment to recognize the contributions and achievements of Latino members of our community during Hispanic Heritage Month beginning Sept. 15. This month is an opportunity to delve more deeply into the history of the U.S. and California and the important role Latinos, among other groups, have played. When our students see their own faces reflected in the history of our nation, they grow up proud of and motivated to make a difference in the world.

Our varied cultures enrich us, and we have all had obstacles to overcome making us the stronger for it. I encourage us all to celebrate our diversity while recognizing our common denominator; wanting the best for all of our children.


Ayindé Rudolph, Ed.D.

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