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TTSD Names Zinnia Un as New Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

Tigard, Oregon – Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) Superintendent Dr. Sue Rieke-Smith announced today the appointment of Zinnia Un to the newly formed position of Equity and Inclusion Coordinator. Un will work alongside the School Board, superintendent and district administrators to institutionalize systems and practices across the district that identify inequities, remove barriers and sets all students on strong paths to success in school and in life.

“Zinnia fills a role for our district that is critical to advance the overall goals of the TTSD Strategic Plan,” said Superintendent Rieke-Smith. “Her personal, professional and academic drive for equity and inclusion will push us and inspire us to identify and remove bias from our administration, our schools and our classrooms. Instituting this work, with Zinnia’s leadership, will change the culture of the academic experience and success for our students.” Zinnia has been with TTSD for seven years serving as a learning specialist and equity coordinator at Twality Middle School and, for the past two years, led the district’s equity initiatives to include professional development of leadership, teachers and staff. In this new role, she will build on that foundation, strengthening relationships with students and their families and working with culturally specific organizations to improve or create systems of support for our students of color.

Zinnia will work closely with administrators to review and enhance district practices to include hiring, training and retention practices as well as instruction, curriculum and overall school environment. “Someone asked me recently, what drives the work that I do for equity,” said Un. “It has taken a lot of reflection and many iterative definitions of equity, to highlight the core of this work for me personally and professionally. Today, my working definition of equity that drives me is Equity reminds us that we are a human system and helps us slow down to learn from our mistakes before they become links of regret and shame that wraps us like armor and hides the semblance of our humanity. In slowing down we also see the potential and opportunities to strengthen our collective spirit and efforts to be a community that sees, serves, and values the people that brings it to life. I see this role as creating opportunities for teachers, staff, and leaders as well as students, parents, and community members to see how the goal of equity and inclusion betters all of us.”

Un earned a BS in Social Science and a MS in Special Education from Portland State University (PSU) where she earned her Teaching Licensure and Special Education and PK-12 Reading Endorsements. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree at PSU with a focus on Equity in Complex Systems and is scheduled to complete fall of 2020.