Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

The Hudson City School District hereby advises students, parents, employees and the general public that it offers employment/educational opportunities without regard to sex, race, color, national origin or disability.


DEI Manager

Dr. Tia Pressey, 518-828-4360, ext. 2134.


Mission Statement

At the Hudson City School District, our mission is to support our diverse student body by providing each student with opportunity and access to a high-quality rigorous equitable education in welcoming and affirming inclusive environments where students can develop the 21st-century skills needed to thrive in a global society, college, career, and life.


Strategic Plan

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan Journey… Part I HCSD Strategic Plan for DEI – Part I

Part II HCSD Strategic Plan for DEI – Part II


DEI Strategies Update (Jan. 3, 2024)

Hudson City School District Superintendent Dr. Juliette Pennyman and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Manager Dr. Tia Pressey are excited to announce new updates to DEI strategies in the District.


Meet the DEI Community Team!

PDF: 3-7-24 Announcement: Congratulations to our new Hudson City School District Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness Community Team Members!



UPDATED 5/13/2024 – New York State Education Department (NYSED) Resources on Israel/Palestine Crisis

The Israeli-Palestinian Crisis: Resources for Educators, Caregivers, and School Leaders

Children and adults can be deeply affected by images and knowledge of war. Given the Hamas attacks on Israeli citizens, many in our school communities will be deeply impacted by these events either directly through family connections or indirectly through exposure to the inhumane atrocities broadcast through news and social media. This crisis has brought about a wave of fear, uncertainty, and distress. It is paramount that our schools play a supportive role during this difficult time.

Our students will need reassurance that their school community is a place of peace and stability, and that the adults in their lives are working to support their well-being. Below are resources for educators, caregivers, school leaders, and education stakeholders to use as they navigate through and engage in conversations about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, and to help ensure a safe and resilient school environment.

Table of Contents

Resources for Educators

When discussing traumatic current events in the classroom, it is crucial to create a safe and supportive environment for students. Educators should approach potentially traumatic topics with sensitivity, acknowledging the emotional impact it may have on children. Open and honest discussions, guided by age-appropriate language and content, can help students process their feelings, gain a deeper understanding of the situation, and foster empathy towards those affected. Below are resources for educators to help students navigate their emotions and gain a deeper understanding of their world.

Resources for Parents and Caregivers

Parents can help children process their feelings by encouraging questions, offering reassurance, and emphasizing the importance of empathy and understanding. This will help foster a safe space for open dialogue. Creating a routine that includes self-care and limiting exposure to distressing media can also support children in managing their emotions during challenging times.

Conversation Starters

Online Safety

Resources Regarding Student Protests

School Safety Resources

Keeping our school communities safe is of paramount importance. A safe learning environment fosters a sense of trust, allowing students to focus on their education and personal growth. It also promotes a positive school culture, enhances academic achievement, and supports the overall physical and emotional well-being of everyone involved. To ensure the safety of students and staff, schools can implement various measures. Additionally, maintaining strong partnerships with local law enforcement agencies and implementing comprehensive anti-bullying and mental health support programs can contribute to a safe and nurturing school environment.

Cybersecurity Resources

Ensuring the safety of schools from cyberattacks is crucial in today’s digital age and international events such as this could cause an increase in cyberattacks. Good cybersecurity hygiene protects sensitive student and staff data, prevents disruptions to learning, and safeguards the integrity of education systems. Therefore, schools should implement robust cybersecurity measures to safeguard against online attacks. Additionally, establishing partnerships with cybersecurity experts and conducting regular security audits can ensure that schools stay vigilant and prepared against potential cyberattacks.

Other Resources

New York State Education Department (NYSED) Resources on Israel/Palestine Crisis

Dr. Pressey Sings and Shares Holiday Plans with Hudson Junior High School Life Skills Class

Dr. Pressey Sings and Shares Holiday Plans with JHS Life Skills


2023-24 Hispanic Heritage Dinner

Multicultural Club Hosting Hispanic Heritage Dinner 11/2

New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB)

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recognizes students from district, charter, and non-public schools who have attained a high level of proficiency in two or more world languages (one of which must be English) by high school graduation. It acknowledges the importance of biliteracy in today’s global society.

Hudson CSD had 1 student receive the Seal in 2022 in American Sign Language. This student, Reagan Schlimgen, was the first Hudson High School student to ever receive the NYSSB.

2022-23 NYSSB Recipients from Hudson CSD

For the 2022-23 school year, 12 seniors received 15 seals and medals. Three students earned the NYSSB in two world languages in addition to English. The languages in which students earned the NYSSB were American Sign Language, Bengali, Mandarin, Tagalog, and Spanish. For the 2023-24 school year 17 seniors and four juniors have signed up to obtain their seal.

2022-23 NYSSB Presentations.

Recognizing Bilingual Knowledge Through Biliteracy Seals

Infographic NYSSB In Capital Region 2021-22

Hudson Senior High School Seal of Biliteracy Handbook

2022-23 International Festival

Inclusive Schools Week (Dec. 5-9, 2022)

From ancient civilizations to the present time, unity and connection have been essential in order for communities to not only survive but thrive. It’s #InclusiveSchoolsWeek! Inclusive teaching makes education relevant for ALL students. Let’s work together to support inclusive practices!!

Celebrate this week with tools and resources for adopting inclusive teaching practices:
https://lnkd.in/ekZweyU9 #ISW2022 #InclusiveSchools