Fort Zumwalt School District Creates New Diversity Coordinator Position

Juan Wilson
Photo courtesy Juan Wilson

Fort Zumwalt School District welcomes Juan Wilson to the newly created position of Coordinator of Diversity and Awareness. Wilson’s hiring was approved by the Board of Education at the regular September meeting.

The goal of the new position is to plan, direct, coordinate and assist district administrators regarding matters of equity and diversity concerning staff, students and families. Among the responsibilities of the position will be to identify and implement diversity and awareness training for both students and staff. This will include increasing staff awareness of racial and equity issues through training programs.

Also among the job responsibilities will be to establish partnerships with public and private stakeholders in an effort to raise multicultural awareness and to coordinate with community resources to develop awareness programs and events regarding relevant issues for students (ie. bullying, teen suicide, drug and alcohol use, harassment).

Wilson, who has a certificate in Diversity Training, is a graduate of Fort Zumwalt South High School. He earned  a degree in Human Services and Social Work from St. Louis Community College at Forest Park before serving 11 years with the St. Charles City Police Department. During part of that time he was attached to the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Task Force Officer. He is ready to start out on this new path.

“The support that the school district has given me over the years, from being an elementary school student at Lewis & Clark Elementary to a Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration, has been unparalleled,” Wilson said. “I’m eager to begin.”

Reviewing and revising plans for diversity among staff and students is one of the Board’s priorities this year. Creating the new position will help this happen.

 “What I’m most excited about this new path is that it’s a new program that I have the unique opportunity to help provide the framework and build together with everyone around me in the district,” Wilson said. “That includes faculty and staff and, most of all, the students.”