DeWayne Street will be Leander ISD's first chief of diversity, equity and inclusion.

The board of trustees approved Street's hire at their Dec. 16 meeting. Street will begin Jan. 18 and lead the district's first diversity, equity and inclusion office.

Street has worked as Round Rock ISD's first-ever chief equity officer since 2020. His past experience includes working as a high school teacher in Wisconsin and as a diversity consultant for over 20 years, according to LISD. Street has a bachelor's degree in history, political science and education from Alabama State University and a master's degree in adult continuing education from Northern Illinois University.

Street said in a statement that he looks forward to learning from all stakeholders and continuing his journey as a reflective practitioner.

"When it comes to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, I have found this to be a very effective approach and one that calls people in, not out," Street said in a district release. "Reflective practice does not require a person to be perfect, only intentional about learning and growing. This is something that we can all do and I am eager to join you on our journey.”

In January, the district's equity and diversity advisory committee presented seven action steps to the board as ways "to provide guidance to ensure equity and diversity within Leander ISD." These steps included funding an office of equity and approving personnel to staff the office.

“I’m thrilled the district has taken this crucial step in accomplishing the vision and mission the board has established to cultivate each student individually to produce the most sought-after creators of our future world,” Superintendent Bruce Gearing said in a statement.