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Soroya Smith

Soroya Smith serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning Experience Designer for Mason City Schools. In this role she provides strategic leadership in the area of Inclusive Excellence for the district, proactively integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into decision making, learning experiences, and implementation of district goals. Bringing twelve years of classroom teacher and teacher leader experience, Soroya functions as a cross-curricular, district-wide team member who supports administrators, Teacher Leaders and teachers in creating equitable, inclusive school communities that reflect the Inclusive Excellence principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice. She believes all humans are deserving of equitable and safe spaces of belonging where they can experience joy, make connections, engage in rigorous authentic learning experiences and grow in creativity. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor for Xavier University in the Educational Administration program and serves as a member of the Xavier Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council. Soroya is married to her best friend and together they have daily adventures, making memories with their four children.

MADE Chamber and community involvement:

Currently I serve the students, staff, and community of Mason City Schools as the District Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning Experience Designer. It is a blessing to serve with the lens of a Mason Educator and Mason Parent, connecting our educators with the resources they need to design learning experiences where all of our students are seen, safe, stretched, and successful. I truly appreciate to the opportunity to connect our community with our students and educators through Comets CommUNITY events such an Asian American Pacific Islander Open House this past spring. A goal for this year is to continue to tap into the members of our business community to offer Mirrors and Windows experiences for our students. These experiences will give our students chance to grow as global leaders prepared for the connected world where they can live with, respect, and lead people from all backgrounds.

 

Why is being part of the Mason Deerfield Chamber important to you/your organization?

The Mason Deerfield Chamber is a key catalyst for connecting our region’s businesses and building a vibrant community. Mason City Schools is grateful for our strong partnership with the Chamber that creates a talent pipeline for the future and provides students with a competitive advantage through internships and experiential learning opportunities.

Fun facts about you/your business:

A fun fact about me is that I can bring a relevant pun or picture book recommendation to just about any conversation!

Like the emerald, businesses and organizations have many facets. Which facet is your strength and why?

The facet that I believe is our strength is we are connected in our vision. We are connected to belief that everyone in our organization is a learner, that we have great potential as well as a great capacity to care for each other so that we can all grow towards that potential.

If your company culture, or personal persona, had to be summed up in five words or less, reflective of a gemstone, what would they be?

Comets producing brilliance, reflecting light

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