The school’s Equity and Justice committee and Diversity Coordinator hosted our first Families of Students of Color affinity group* meeting on Thursday, October 13. We had 16 parents attend, representing 14 FSM families.
Parents did a fun icebreaker activity and learned about the charge, goals, and work of the Diversity Coordinator and Equity and Justice committee. In small groups, parents shared responses to the following questions:
- What are your hopes and dreams for your child for this year?
- What are your concerns this year as a family raising students of color?
- What do you want this group to be this year?
- How can the Diversity Coordinator, E&J Committee, and staff support the unique needs and issues of families with students of color?
This Families of Students of Color affinity group meeting was a great first opportunity to meet and get to know each other, share and discuss the unique needs and perspectives of their children of color, and find support and community with one another.
If you are a family of a student of color and would like the notes from the meeting, please email Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The term "affinity group" is used as a bringing together of people who have something important in common, e.g., race, gender, religion, or special interests. Affinity groups provide a safe environment in which people who share a specific identity can come together for building community, empowerment, and positive self-awareness.