Diversity at Park Day School: Central to Our Mission Since its founding in 1976, an essential component of Park's mission is our commitment to building,sustaining, and supporting a diverse community of staff and families. The Diversity Committee was formed in the mid-1980’s as a nexus for the important on-going work of achieving our goal to establish an inclusive and diverse school culture and climate. The Diversity Committee has a profound influence on the policies and practices of the Board, the staff, and the life of the school.
Recent initiatives have included a penetrating and transformative year-long focus on race by the staff and parents at the school; annual work by the staff and parents to sustain a more gender sensitive and inclusive culture at the school; work by the staff to focus on the reality of white privilege; a staff workshop exploring socio-economic and class differences; affinity and focus groups for parents of color, parents of children of color, LGBT parents, and parents of adopted children. This Fall, in a collaboration between the Park Parent Association and Project MOSAIC, and the Diversity Committee, the school presented a workshop for parents entitled Conflict,Differences, Ally-Building: Creating an Inclusive Community at Park Day School.