Civil Rights Team

The foundation of the Civil Rights Team Project is the Maine Civil Rights Act, which protects people from threats, property damage, and violence motivated by bias. The mission of the Civil Rights Team Project is to increase the safety of school students by reducing bias-motivated behaviors and harassment in schools.

  • Civil rights issues covered by the school’s Civil Rights Team include:
  • Race and skin color
  • National origin and ancestry
  • Religion
  • Disabilities
  • Gender (including identity and expression)
  • Sexual orientation

The Civil Rights Team Project encourages school communities to engage in this important work, so that students of all identities feel safe, welcome, and respected for who they are.

Washburn District High School’s Civil Rights Team. Pictured from left to right are team members Ashton Henry, Julia Dahlgren, Jayden Harris, Dylan Evans, Shawn Helstrom and Valerie Bragg. Absent from the photo are team members Mya Haines and Kayla Creasey.

Students from the Civil Rights Team at Washburn District High School have created a mural based on the Creation of Adam portion of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel that aims to promote diversity and inclusion at the school.

*Day of Welcoming*
WDHS’s Civil Rights Team took part in a statewide project called the Day of Welcoming.
“The Day of Welcoming is a gathering of Maine students that was established by the Office of the Attorney General in 1996. The purpose of the CRTP is to encourage school communities to think and talk about race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender(including gender identity and expression), and sexual orientation, so that ALL students can feel safe, welcome, and respected for who they are. The Maine Civil Rights Act and the Maine Human Rights Act clearly establish the rights of all Maine people To be treated fairly and equally and with dignity and respect. Anything less than that is wrong and out of step with Maine values.” (Governor Janet T. Mills in a letter dated October 25th, 2019)
Thank you to all the students, faculty and staff who participated in this day and continue to make ALL students welcome at our school!