MVSD Superintendent to cover 'Creating a Sense of Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity'

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

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EDASC and the Skagit County Chambers of Commerce are pleased to present the monthly virtual Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Speaker Series from 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 featuring a presentation by Mount Vernon School District Superintendent Dr. Ismael Vivanco on Creating a Sense of Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity.

Dr. Vivanco said the title of his presentation is based off a book of the same name.

“It’s important for people to belong,” he said. “And not simply belong, but to belong without having to give up their dignity to fit in. My discussion will focus heavily on belonging and inclusion.”

He is helping build that culture at the school district in several ways, by creating a climate where each student is included and belongs without having to give up their identity, language, values, beliefs, and culture.

There is no cost to attend the JEDI Speaker Series virtual event, but registration is required. Click here to register. To view prior JEDI Speaker Series events, click here.

Dr. Vivanco moved to the United States as a young child and worked as a migrant in the fields until the age of 16. These experiences taught him the value of hard work and more notably the importance of education. After graduating from high school, he continued his education by attending different colleges and universities starting with Skagit Valley College.

He then received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Western Washington University, Master’s degree in Education and Teacher Certification from Heritage University. Dr. Vivanco has studied abroad in Mexico, and at the University of Salamanca, Spain.  He received his superintendent credentials and Doctorate of Education from Washington State University. 

The goal of the series is to encourage representation and participation of diverse genders, races and ethnicities, religions, ages, and abilities and disabilities. Keynote speakers will share their experience on topics surrounding cultural diversity and how we can each contribute to build a more inclusive society.

The JEDI Speaker Series is normally held the first Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom. It was moved to the second Tuesday of September due to holiday conflicts.

One-time event sponsorship is available for the series for $100. Sponsorship includes:

  • Logo on promotional flyer distributed by the Skagit County Chambers and EDASC
  • Logo on the event page of the organizers’ websites
  • Logo displayed during the sponsored session

To secure your sponsorship, please contact Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations Jeremy Kindlund at

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