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Parents of Students of Color

Created in 1999, Parents of Students of Color is an affinity group that provides a space for Gordon School parents to discuss the distinct issues, needs, and experiences of students of color in independent schools. 

Mission statement

Parents of Students of Color seeks to promote an atmosphere of academic achievement, mutual respect, acceptance, and empowerment while building a greater sense of community for our students of color within the full spectrum of the life and activities at the Gordon School.

more on the purpose of POSOC

History

Gordon's Parents of Students of Color group held its first meeting in 1999. This is the same year that the Board approved the Vision for Racial Diversity which states, “Gordon School is embracing the changes necessary to become a racially diverse and inclusive community..." It was recognized then (and continues to be recognized) that creating affinity structures was an important step toward achieving the goals in the Vision. POSOC was created to provide a place for parents to discuss the distinct issues, needs and experiences of students of color in independent schools.

Over the years, POSOC has brought together parents for meetings, workshops, facilitated conversations and informal community building, as well as full-family events like brunches, cookouts and roller skating parties. Take a look at resources that have previously been discussed or shared in meetings.

Leadership 

POSOC is co-facilitated by Gordon parents Besenia Rodriguez and Chrystal Vergara-López, who can be reached at posocfacilitators@gmail.com

Schoolwide dialogues

The leadership of this group collaborated with the Assistant Head of School and Gordon's Antiracism Working Group for White Parents to create this series of parent dialogues for the 2020-2021 school year.

RSVP for the POSOC gathering December 4th

The December 1st POSOC meeting has been cancelled, and replaced with an in-person gathering on Saturday the 4th!

We’re thrilled to invite POSOC families to our first in-person gathering on campus on Saturday, December 4th from 12:00-1:30 p.m (rain/snow date: Dec 11th) (kiddos are welcome, but aside from Denver, Gordon is a dog-free campus). 

We will gather at the picnic tables near the Lower School and Early Childhood playgrounds, and we’ll provide lunch and beverages. Feel free to stop by for as little or as much time as you can. Immediately after lunch, Gordon will host an in-person Book Club gathering to discuss Black Boy Joy, whose editor will be featured at a Book Fair event the following week—more info to come! 

POSOC hopes to meet in-person indoors soon, but current protocols limit indoor cross-grade contact, which impacts meeting and child-care options. 

Upcoming meetings

Wednesdays at 6:30pm

Zoom links are in the Commons
www.gordonschool.org/commons

January 19th
February 16th
April 13th
May 18th

The December 1st POSOC meeting has been cancelled, and replaced with an in-person gathering on Saturday the 4th!