Farmington Schools creates ‘affinity groups for staff of color.’


On June 3, 2020, Farmington Public Schools Superintendent Robert Herrera issued a public statement following George Floyd’s killing. The district established an assistant superintendent position for “Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity,” held by Aaron Johnson and listed activities, including structuring “affinity groups for staff of color” and developing an “Equity Strategic Plan.”

On June 7, 2020, Forest Elementary School Principal Steve Vercellino sent an email mentioning “systemic and institutional racism” and providing “Anti-Racism” resources.

Update: On July 3, 2020, one month after being named assistant superintendent of “Diversity, Inclusion, and Diversity,” Johnson resigned from his position with Farmington Public Schools. “A district press release indicated Johnson will work in educational consulting,” said an article in the Farmington Voice.

In July 2020, Johnson became Partner and Equity Leadership Coach at The Equity Collaborative