Springfield Public Schools Hires Chief Equity and Diversity Officer

Springfield Public Schools announced the hiring of Yvania Garcia-Pusateri as the district’s new Chief Equity and Diversity Officer.

Garcia-Pusateri has been the executive director of Missouri State University’s multicultural programs.

“We are so pleased to welcome Yvania to our team,” Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann, said in a statement. “The leadership and expertise that she brings to this new role will be critical to building learning and working environments that are more inclusive for all, while also bridging the achievement gap for our under-resourced and under-represented students. Yvania will have full support from our system as she leads this important work.”

The SPS Board of Education approved additional resources in the 2019-2020 budget for the Chief Equity and Diversity Officer position to provide training for teachers, staff, and administrators. The Officer will work to improve equity in curriculum, culture, community engagement, student supports, and staff development.

“I am passionate about promoting a culture of care that enhances the personal and academic trajectory of students,” Garcia-Pusateri said in a statement. “I am excited to join Springfield Public Schools and its executive leadership team because of the shared commitment to student success and to supporting and affirming their identities and lived experiences. I look forward to working directly with students, families, staff and community members on transformative initiatives.”

Garcia-Pusateri begins her position with SPS on September 9.