Family Diversity Committee
The Family Diversity Committee (FDC) is a parent-led group that promotes an inclusive and diverse school community for all students and their families. As such, we support outreach efforts to make all families at The Philadelphia School feel welcomed and integrated in the life of the school. We also endeavor to support and educate our children as they make sense, learn and deal with issues of differences.
The FDC presents parent education events in collaboration with TPSA and the school, and it shares information about other diversity activities offered around the city. If you’d like to learn more about the work of the committee, please click here to fill out our "Get Involved" form.
The FDC meets regularly to plan our work and to learn about the challenges and the rewards of supporting and encouraging diversity. Check the online calendar for dates. Ongoing activities include support of admission outreach among LGBT families and families of color. We also encourage participation in a range of diversity-related activities sponsored by TPSA, BUILDS and the school. FDC supports the implementation of the Assessment for Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) at the school. (Click here for more information on AIM)
Events in the school year 2013-14 have included an outing to see the film American Promise, presentation and discussion of the documentary Making Waves (on race the sport of rowing), and a book discussion on educator Lisa Delpit’s Multiplication is for White People. Past events have included presentation of the documentary filmPrep School Negro, participation in the Philly AIDS Walk, a reading group on diversity topics, and parent education nights about talking to our children about race and racism and about gender roles and our children.
How You Can Get Involved
Join our meetings
Check the online public calendar for our next meeting or contact one of the parent co-chairs.
Volunteer to help organize an event
We are a volunteer committee and would love to have interested parents work with us to plan our events.
Volunteer to help with admissions or welcoming new families
For more information, contact Frances Hoover
BUILDS is a group that brings together parents of children with learning differences and unique learning styles for education and parent-to-parent support.
Share resources on diversity issues or information about diversity-related activities in the city
Let us know of activities that might be of interest to the FDC members or of resources you have find useful in discussing diversity with your children.