What are parent diversity affinity groups at Park?

Parent diversity affinity groups are Park parents who meet in small groups to discuss diversity topics.

What are the goals of these groups?

The goals for parent affinity groups are: 1) to have ongoing small group discussions for parents of diverse experiences and backgrounds, and 2) to offer feedback that can inform Park School initiatives, programming, and planning.

What do the groups do?

Groups will gather periodically for social activities and discussions of topics relevant to each group's focus. Groups should seek to create reports/minutes to be shared.

Who can join these groups?

All groups are open to all parents of Park.

Is this a new program?

Many of the groups have existed at Park for years (Parents of Color and LGBT Parents, etc.). Some groups are new.

Who sponsors this program?

Parent diversity affinity Groups represent a partnership between the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Education and the Parents' Association.

How are the topics for groups chosen?

The groups are largely based on legally protected social groupings such as class, race, religion, gender, gender sexuality, age, and ability. Some of the topics have come from Park parents' recommendations.

What will happen once I have signed up?

After signing up for a group, a parent will be placed on the e-mail distribution list for that group. While members are encouraged to participate fully in the life of the group (attend meetings, social gatherings, offer input, etc.), there is no obligation.