Parents of Students of Color

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.

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 chaired by Gordon parents Angela Alston and Besenia Rodriguez.

Meetings and other events

All meetings include a light meal for adults and childcare for children ages three and up. Pizza and veggies will be provided for children. Meetings will be held in the conference room. Children should check in at the Gators room. 

RSVP below for the September 18th meeting

A resource library is online, including scholarly articles on identity development in the classroom, and materials related to Gordon's ongoing professional education efforts.

Conversations on race

Wednesday, November 13th at 6:30
Tuesday, April 21st at 6:30

Two nights, hosted by Parents of Students of Color and the Antiracism Working Group for White Families. The first night will feature a look at how Gordon students engage with issues around race in the classroom.