April 29, 2022: A Note from Idaltu Counseling & Consulting
The MSD Board solicited the support of Idaltu Counseling & Consulting in fall 2020 to provide advisement on the school's equity, inclusion, and antiracism initiatives. Since the initiation of the partnership, the firm has collected pertinent documents from MSD and the Board, conducted focus groups with administrators from both Frederick and Columbia campuses and the Board, facilitated two antiracism training sessions, and held several one-on-one meetings with the school's executive leadership.
After several months of research, the firm has completed its initial draft of the MSD Climate Survey and multiple iterations - which will be administered in the fall 2022. After interviewing several surveying metrics companies, the firm has selected Qualtrics to support in the rollout of the climate survey. Additionally, a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) has been consulted and contracted to convert the battery of questions into ASL. The CDI's role is to video record the ASL interpretations and upload them for embedment into the Qualtrics platform. The CDI will begin this work in May. In the meantime, Idaltu is reviewing school and Board documents.
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