HPC DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

 

The Havens Parents Club Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee serves to ensure that all Havens families feel included, valued, and safe, and that families are supported in raising kids who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race. This group has been created specifically to support the Havens parent community and aims to collaborate with other Piedmont schools as well as organizations such as the Piedmont Racial Equity Campaign (PREC) and Piedmont Anti-Racism and Diversity Committee (PADC).  

 

Preceding the development of this committee, for the past several years Principal Dolid and the school have been investing in ongoing training in restorative practices. This work began six years ago with the development of the school values - kindness, courage and integrity.  The staff comes together monthly to share best practices and learning on celebrating and lifting up the many identities that make up each of our students. Teachers participate in ongoing professional reading and learning on anti-racist teaching, beginning with the Teaching for Learning Social Justice Standards.

 

Beyond this foundation, as we have all experienced over the past year, there is increased awareness in Piedmont and throughout the country of the need to understand, talk about, and address racism in our communities--and also with our young children.  We also know that there are students in Piedmont who are hurting now because of experiences of racism in our schools. (For example, see Instagram account @reportingracismpiedmont.)  District level work reflects this increased awareness and can bring momentum and add to work done at Havens.  As parents, we need to come together to support our kids, each other, our school, and district on this journey.

 

As a newly formed group, our focus areas are to:

 

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

 

We are just getting started, and we welcome and appreciate your input and feedback! If you have ideas or want to get involved, please fill out this survey to share your thoughts.  

 

ADDITIONAL RESCOURCES
  • Havens: 

    • Restorative justice

    • Parent circles- Using the tenants of restorative justice, parents receive training and lead regular community building circles, both affinity based and open to all.

    • Parent Coffees- Principal Dolid holds two opportunities each year to bring together parents in the same grade level in community circles.

    • Teacher trainings- Leveraging teacher leaders there are multiple opportunities each month for teachers to learn and grow in their anti-racist teaching practice. Time is set aside at each staff meeting to engage, as well as in monthly community circles.

    • Mentor program- In 2020 Havens' staff member, Jean Takazawa recognized a need for students of color to have a community of older students and adults who share similar identity markers. The Piedmont Affinity and Mentor Program creates a structure allowing elementary students to build positive identity by connecting High School mentors with similar identity markers. Through Jean's tireless work, this program is available to any student who is looking for identity based mentorship that is not accomplished in other venues.

 

 

 

QUESTIONS?

 

HPC DEI Committee Members:

Diana Lee (also liaison for PREC) leediana117@gmail.com

Jean Takazawa (Affinity Mentor Program Coordinator) jeantakazawa@gmail.com

Regina Myers (liason for PADC) raschaffer@gmail.com 

Christine Chou (liason for PADC) swcsyc@gmail.com

Sara Johnson Kerrest (speaker series and general) sarakerrest@gmail.com

Amy Kelly (cultural celebrations, speaker series, general) amykahnkelly@gmail.com