Diversity and Inclusion Committee (DDIC)
Did you know that Devon Elementary School (DES) students speak 26 languages and represent at least 17 nationalities?
This diversity presents an amazing opportunity for our children to broaden their experiences and learn about the many cultures represented within the student body.
Inspired by the incredible cultural and demographic diversity represented at DES, the Devon PTO Diversity and Inclusion Committee (DDIC) seeks to raise awareness and enrich the DES experience for families by learning from each other and celebrating differences in the school community. The committee also seeks to be a resource for information, support and guidance for those new to the DES community.
The DES PTO is seeking input from new and existing parents and guardians on our diversity programming efforts. To this end, we have created two new roles:
1. “Dragon Buddies” for New Devon Families
The Dragon Buddy Program partners existing Devon families with all new families entering the school community, at all grade levels. The aim of this program is to welcome new families to Devon, be a resource and answer any questions as the new family navigates the school environment. If you are interested in being partnered with a Dragon Buddy, please contact Gaby Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shweta Sivaraman at email@example.com.
2. Cultural Advisors
Cultural Advisors are individuals who come from various cultural groups and are willing to:
· connect individuals who may have questions about DES
· work with homeroom parents to enhance communication with teachers
· ensure the cultural relevance and appropriateness of PTO materials and events
· use their expertise to enhance PTO-sponsored diversity programming.
A small time commitment with a big impact! If you are interested in either Dragon Buddies and/or Cultural Advisors, please fill out the attached questionnaire and return to the PTO mailbox via your child’s folder.
We are also building on the momentum from the incredibly successful Cultural Heritage Night from last year. We look forward to celebrating our diverse community again on March 9, 2018. In addition, we aim to enhance PTO-sponsored activities and events at DES by adding a cultural lens to programming and events. For our work to be truly representative, we need volunteers who can advise us from many of the varied nationalities represented at DES. So please stay tuned and get involved as you can!
Thank you! Xiexie! Gracias! Merci! Efkaristo! Hvala! Grazie! Obrigado! Dhanyavaad! Arigato! Danke! Israsytas! Spasibo! Tak! (and many….many…more!)