Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

New Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Caucus Launched!

At the 2017 Annual Convention, NYS PTA launched a new Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Caucus aimed at increasing support for ALL children and families.

During Convention, presentations and meetings focused on these topics, as members and guests explored what diversity, inclusion, and equity mean:

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Panel – Regent Dr. Catherine Collins joined Michael Jaime, President of the NYS Caucus of Black School Board Members and NYS PTA Urban Special Louis Olander for a panel discussion on ways families and educators can support children.
  • The Honorable Judge Verda Colvin, Superior Court Judge from Georgia, gave an impassioned keynote discussing her work in the juvenile court system and the importance of male engagement, especially for boys.
  • Multiple workshops discussed these issues, including:
    • Troubling Connections – discussing the “school-to-prison” pipeline
    • The Messy Truth: When Implicit & Explicit Bias Gets in the Way of Leadership that is Diverse & Culturally Responsive in your School and PTA
    • How Does Economic, Social, Academic, Professional and Cultural Diversity Affect Your School Community? Why Should School Funding Matter to You?

Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit 

An organization that recognizes diversity values differences and similarities among people through its actions and accountability. These characteristics include age, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, language and culture, socioeconomic status, among many different things.

When PTAs respect differences yet acknowledge shared commonalities uniting their communities, and then develop meaningful priorities based upon their knowledge, they genuinely represent their communities. When PTAs represent their communities, they gain strength and effectiveness through increased volunteer and resource support.

Please see National PTA’s Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit!

You can download the Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit here, for review with your own PTA unit and school.

See these ideas for How to Engage Underrepresented Groups.


National PTA Diversity and Inclusion Policy

The National Congress of Mothers, irrespective of creed, color or condition, stands for all parenthood, childhood, homehood.”

– Alice McLellan Birney, 1898 Cofounder of National PTA

Those words, true in 1898, are even truer today.

PTAs everywhere must understand and embrace the uniqueness of all individuals, appreciating that each contributes a diversity of views, experiences, cultural heritage/traditions, skills/abilities, values and preferences.

When PTAs respect differences yet acknowledge shared commonalities uniting their communities, and then develop meaningful priorities based upon their knowledge, they genuinely represent their communities. When PTAs represent their communities, they gain strength and effectiveness through increased volunteer and resource support.

The recognition of diversity within organizations is valuing differences and similarities in people through actions and accountability.

These differences and similarities include age, ethnicity, language and culture, economic status, educational background, gender, geographic location, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position and tenure, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.

Therefore PTAs at every level must:

  • Openly assess beliefs and practices to assure inclusiveness and guard against discrimination;
  • Make every effort to create a PTA board and membership that is inclusive and reflective of its community;
  • Encourage that all PTA activities at the school be planned by a committee which is representative of the population;
  • Foster programs and practices that eliminate bias, prejudice and misunderstanding within their communities;
  • Become acquainted with the leaders of the many diverse groups in the community and collaborate with them to increase parent, family and community involvement;
  • Educate its leaders and members to the needs, cultural beliefs, traditions and family structures of the population they serve; and
  • Propose change wherever discriminatory practices are perceived.

PTA values and appreciates diversity, which enriches and strengthens the structure of our society within our state and nation.

†This policy should be used in its entirety with no portion quoted out of context.