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Holland Public Schools to discuss future of Dutch mascot

Posted at 2:38 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 02:59:20-04

HOLLAND, Mich. — Holland Public Schools has created an advisory committee to discuss the use of The Dutch as the district's mascot.

The decision comes after a report from the District's Equity alliance, which claimed some of the traditions in the district are falling short of the core values of Equity and Inclusion.

“The use of The Dutch as a mascot does not invite a sense of belonging or inclusion for many of our students and their families," said Andrea Mehall, Equity Alliance Chair for Holland Public Schools.

“We recognize the sensitive nature of this conversation; some may be offended by the consideration of dropping the Dutch mascot and wonder why a change is needed. We want to hear these voices," said Holland Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Brian Davis.

"We want to hear the voices of those who feel they don't belong because of our continued use of our current mascot," he said. "We also want to include individuals who fall somewhere in between these two voices. This conversation will require all points of view and open minds from all those who participate."

If you would like to be involved in the committee's conversation about the mascot you can sign up here.