BY MICHAEL VASQUEZ, MRVASQUEZ@MIAMIHERALD.COM
Charged with promoting “equity, diversity, and cultural outreach” in the nation’s sixth-largest school system, Broward’s Diversity Committee has for years been a strong watchdog for fairness — at times blasting district leaders for the decrepit building conditions in schools with large minority populations.
But as the definition of diversity has shifted to include issues affecting other groups, like gay students, the Diversity Committee has stumbled. At one point, a committee member had to step down after he called gay activists “devious people.”
Today the committee is more receptive to issues facing gay students, but its members continue to butt heads over what their core mission should be: Which diversity goals are the most important in 2013? Does protecting gay and lesbian students take precedence over inspecting the quality of inner-city schools?