Mission Statement: The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee will support the needs of students, parents, teachers and administrators to foster a school community where every intersection of diversity is uniquely acknowledged and celebrated each and every day — in what our students learn and how they interact with one another; and how our teachers and parents engage with black, brown and other minority teachers. We strive to create an inclusive culture where listening and acceptance creates the truest sense of belonging; where we always challenge the paradigms and perceived notions of equality and equity; where we speak up for and against any forms and acts of racism; where we manifest the deepest and most profound new reality that all of our differences, whether ethnicity, race, gender preference, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, religious beliefs, language preference or socio-economic status are a reflection of the beautiful tapestry of the BNS community. As a connected community nurturing our future curious, lifelong learners, we never tire of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Background: The DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Committee has developed a set of guiding principles & questions to help the PTA and BNS community engage in fundraising in a way that aligns with our values of social and economic justice. Below is an overview of the principles & the questions/prompts.
Center Equity & Justice: Fundraising activities should consider opportunities to advance work for equity in our school community for all marginalized communities (or communities that are in the minority).
Encourage Belonging & Inclusivity: Fundraising activities should provide an inclusive lens for all communities by considering cross-cultural connections/needs/perspectives and providing a sense of belonging for all, regardless of socio economic status, race/ethnicity, language or ability.
Look Beyond the Bottom Line: When raising money for important school programs, all fundraising activities should be sensitive to the language being used and the strategies employed as the goal is always to ensure that everyone feels they are a valued member of our diverse community.
Broaden “Giving”: Every member of the BNS community should feel that any contribution is equally valued – whether financial or volunteer/labor. Some families can/should give more in support of the broader community.
When devising any fundraising event or activity, consider:
Co-Chairs: Deidre Smalls Landau, Jaime Franklin, Leslie King, and Yasmin Ramirez
Admin: Liz Welch D’Arcangelo
PTA Liaisons: Autumn Leonard and Jade Harris
SLT Rep: Max Ponomareff
Fundraising Coordinator: Mark Swier
Community Agreements Lead: Shatia Strother