Equity, Opportunity and Access: Beyond Inclusion 

Our mission at AWSL continues to be: 

Providing leadership opportunities that support and increase the academic and social success of all students.

Deeper dive into who we serve

As part of the latest AWSP strategic plan, which defines “Equity” as the first of three main goals, AWSL has recruited a group of dedicated advisors and teachers for our Equity and Diversity Committee to delve into those students we serve: principals, advisors, staff and students, and identify who we are underserving. We have defined our beliefs:

AWSL believes that all students and adults have the ability
to lead in their school. 

In order to promote positive social and academic experiences for all, our focus provides opportunities, support and resources to: 

• Examine, interrupt and address patterns of historic and current oppression 

• Engage, connect, and collaborate with others 

• Create safe schools where all are valued 

• Feel successful in school and life. 

Students involved in programs of the Association of Washington Student Leaders will have the opportunity to improve their schools by creating a culture, ensuring safety, closing the gap and engaging the community.

We will continue to match our work with the work of building leaders (principals, staff and students) through the AWSP Frameworks as well as our focus on the following standards

AWSL Goals and Objectives


  • Explore one’s identity, story, culture, linguistic-assets and aspirations. 

  • Understand strengths, areas of growth, biases and privilege. 

Social Awareness 

  • Increase understanding of the power of words as it relates to microaggressions, biased language, sarcasm and humor. 

  • Practice strategies that promote respect and acceptance in regard to multiple perspectives. 

  • Recognize how people’s stories and experiences have shaped their identity.


  • Define and recognize individual needs and triggers as it pertains to coping skills, self-care and stress. 

  • Identify and practice strategies to manage emotions and self-regulate. 

  • Develop the ability to listen for understanding without the need to respond. 

  • Understand and value different leadership styles and their effectiveness in different settings. 

Social Management 

  • Identify and understand group processes and dynamics, especially in regard to 

  • the diversity of the group. '

  • Learn and practice techniques for building and strengthening relationships. 

  • Learn and practice techniques for resolving conflicts and repairing relationships. 

  • Engage in constructive conversations while valuing the dignity of all participants. 

  • Learn techniques and skills to advocate for self and others. 


  • Practice shared responsibility and accountability. 

  • Initiate, generate, and evaluate goals. 

  • Believe, identify, and utilize the value of one’s experiences, talents, skills, and interests as assets and resources. 

Social Engagement 

  • Increase the opportunities, resources and support for all students to lead in their communities. 

  • Develop a system where multiple perspectives are sought and utilized to make decisions for the community. 

  • Utilize school demographics as an essential tool to interpret data to create a positive culture and climate. 

  • Utilize project planning strategies for organizing school activities and events that reflect the cultures and interests of everyone on campus. 

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