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 chaired by Gordon parents Angela Tucker Alston, aalston@gordonschool.org , and Besenia Rodriguez besenia@gmail.com

Schoolwide dialogues

The leadership of this group collaborated with Lynn Bowman, 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 April 7th

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

Upcoming meetings

Wednesday, February 17th 6:30pm
Raising antiracist children
Gordon's Parents of Students of Color and the Antiracism Working Group for White Parents collaborate to lead a conversation on a topic that's at the center of this series: how do we raise antiracist children? It's work that parents and schools need to collaborate on, and that collaboration will be on display during this lively conversation. 
Link in 
www.gordonschool.org/commons

April 7 
Opportunities for engagement

May 12
Reflections and feedback