Mercer Island PTA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) PRIORITIES
Over the past year, a dedicated committee comprised of the above PTA DEI Vice Presidents and other committed community members has been meeting regularly to create a mission statement and develop strategic initiatives for PTA DEI efforts on Mercer Island.
At the council level, PTA has established the following statement to guide our work for the remaining school year and to ensure that we are making progress as a community in our shared goals.
The strategic priority for the PTA Council DEI committee is as follows:
Foster and embrace diversity, inclusiveness, and equity with a focus on respect and acceptance of every student and their family so they can be unencumbered in reaching their fullest potential, in an effort to dismantle institutional racism and other structural inequities.
As a PTA Council DEI committee, we have also identified the following as key DEI issues:
- Community Outreach
- DEI FAQs
- Student Engagement
- Demographic Data Collection
- Information Management
Each of the individual PTA local units (i.e., each MI school) is also moving forward on creating mission and vision statements to guide their school's unique efforts in increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Mercer Island PTA DEI LEADERSHIP
The following DEI VP positions were also created and have been filled at each school as a demonstration of each PTA's commitment and support of the Mercer Island PTA Council's DEI efforts. The names of the Vice Presidents of DEI and contact information for each local PTA unit are provided below, with encouragement for you to reach out to us and your local VPs to share any questions, concerns, and recommendations you may have.
PTA Council: Kimberly Miyazawa Frank and Angela Bahng
Mercer Island High School: Julie Ogata
Islander Middle School: Melissa Danielli and Vaishali Kukreja
Island Park: Cristina Martinez-Gonzalez and Kiernan Boike
Lakeridge: Naomi Kaji
Northwood: Emma Spohn
West Mercer: Vivian Zhou
Mercer Island Preschool Association: Danielle Laskey and Nirmal Ghuman
PTA Unit DEI web pages