• Working Definition

    Equity refers to fair and just practices and policies that ensure all campus community members can thrive. Equity is different than equality in that equality implies treating everyone as if their experiences are exactly the same. Being equitable means acknowledging and addressing structural inequalities -- historical and current -- that advantage some and disadvantage others. Equal treatment results in equity ONLY if everyone starts with equal access to opportunities. 

    The University of IOWA


    Equity Steps

    The Equity Steps for ACS: 


    Asset-Based Thinking

  • Marta Alcala

    Marta Alcalá

    Executive Director of Equity/ Community Engagement 
    office: (828) 350-6162

    • District Equity Team  
    • Parent Teacher Organization
    • Core Organizer Racial Equity Institute
    • Marvelous Math Club 
    • Motheread 


  • Meet Our Team

    • Amanda Rigsby, Transportation

    • Dillon Huffman, Communications

    • Dr. Kim Dechant, Director of Recruitment and Induction

    • Kim Jones, Administrative to Superintendent

    • Gretchen Ross, Montford North Star Academy 

    • Pamela Washington, Asheville High

    • Ian Nelson, Testing & Accountability 

    • Amy Powchak, Early intervention Instructional coach

    • Trinette Ruff Beck,  Mental Health

    • Dr. Mark Dickerson, Assistant Superintendent 

    • Cassandra Wells, Claxton 

    • Dr. Randall Johnson, ECA

    • Copland Rudolph, Ed. Of ACSF

    • Nieva Arana, REAP Coordinator 

    • Kim Robinson, Ed of Student Services

    • Jesse Warren, Board of Education 

    • Marta Alcala, Executive Director of Equity

    • George Sieburg, Board of Education

    • Matt Whiteside, Curriculum & Instruction 

    • Norma Hawes, Lucy S. Herring 

    • Allana Wagner, Student Services

    • Shenekia McDaniels, Ira. B Jones

    • Sybil Jefferson, Asheville High 

    • Tanya Presha, Curriculum & Instruction 

    • Ann O’Brien, Literacy Coach

    • Ximena Smith,  Lucy S. Herring 

    • Carmen Mangum, Isaac Dickson

    • Blair Johnston, Asheville Middle

    • Nicole Cush, SILSA

    • Rebecca Strimmer, Board of Education

    • Liza Kelly, Board of Education