Office of Equity, Advocacy and Civil Rights

The Office of Equity, Advocacy and Civil Rights assists existing DPSCD compliance officers, departments, and all staff to comply with state and federal laws and regulations including but not limited to ESSA, Title II of the Americans with Disability Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, IDEA, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The office provides district personnel with strategic guidance and management in creating processes and procedures to comply with district policies and legal requirements. It also provides best practices and training regarding compliance, and serves as an appeals body for complaints relating to compliance issues.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Equity, Advocacy and Civil Rights is to assist the Detroit Public School District Community in achieving its financial, operational and strategic goals while maintaining compliance with all associated laws and/or regulations.

Program / Department Information

Within the Office of Equity, Advocacy and Civil Rights, the Executive Director executes the roles and responsibilities of:

  • Title IX Coordinator
  • ADA Coordinator
  • Web Accessibility Coordinator
  • District-Wide Grievance Coordinator

Notice of Non-Discrimination

DPSCD does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category in its programs and activities. The following staff members have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Kristen Howard, Executive Director of Compliance

  • Title IX Coordinator
  • ADA Coordinator/Web Accessibility Coordinator
  • Section 504 Coordinator

Address: 3011 W. Grand Blvd, Floor 14, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 240-4377

Lauri Washington, Deputy Executive Director, Employee Relations
Employee Title IX Coordinator
Address: 3011 W. Grand Blvd., 10th Floor, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 240-4377

Gregory Jacoby
Schools Section 504 Coordinator
Address: 2001 W. Warren, Room 133 East, Detroit, MI 48208
Phone: (313) 240-4377

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