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HCPSS Named a 2019 Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes

January 15th, 2019

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) was named one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity for 2019 by Forbes magazine. HCPSS is the top ranked school system and No. 60 overall on the national list of 500 employers.

“This recognition is a testament to our ongoing efforts to build a culture of care and compassion, where we value restorative practices and provide an inclusive, safe environment for all,” said Superintendent Michael J. Martirano. “One of our major priorities is to diversify our workforce and foster an inclusive environment in our schools and offices. I’m proud of our progress to date, but we also recognize that this work is ongoing and we have much more to do.”

HCPSS’ Strategic Call to Action, “Learning and Leading with Equity,” ensures that equity is at the core of all HCPSS efforts and initiatives. HCPSS has expanded efforts to create inclusive school climates for all students and staff. Priorities include: building a program to foster inclusive learning and work environments; institutionalizing our diversity and inclusion work into the curriculum and culture; leveraging partners such as county government and community organizations; and providing staff with professional development on cultural proficiency. Seven superintendent advisory committees have provided additional opportunities for staff voice and collaboration with students and community members.

“Congratulations to Dr. Martirano and all of our nearly 12,000 staff on this national recognition of our efforts to build a diverse and inclusive school community ,” said Mavis Ellis, Chair of the Howard County Board of Education. “This recognition does not mean our work is done but it is an affirmation that we are moving in the right direction.”

Howard County is working to employ a staff that reflects the diversity of its community and providing competitive salaries to attract a talented and diverse workforce. At the same time, the system has put a strong emphasis on celebrating staff, and this year launched a robust staff recognition program. Looking ahead, the proposed FY19-20 Operating Budget includes additional positions and resources to accelerate the system’s work around diversity, equity and inclusion within every school.

“I want to congratulate the Howard County Public School System for being named one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity for 2019 by Forbes Magazine,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “We appreciate all the dedicated educators who work tirelessly in helping our children grow. We are thankful for you!”

The Forbes’ list is a ranking of 500 employers across all industries in the United States, based on surveying more than 50,000 employees and examining employer diversity policies, as well as diversity in executive suites and on boards. The full rankings are available online.