Rethinking Diversity: PGA Gets an Education

Amy Talbot

PGA President Amy Talbot shares a recap about a recent PGA workshop on diversity, equity and inclusion at Bay.

In mid-November, 30 members of the PGA leadership team had the privilege of working with Alison Park of Blink Consulting.  Tim Johnson and The Bay School Board of Trustees, as well as the entire staffulty have been working with Alison over the last 18 months to think about diversity, equity and inclusion.  Working with students, faculty, administration, staff and families, Alison has helped over 30 schools to critically rethink the purpose, practice and outcomes of their diversity initiatives by offering a fresh lens and practical tools. The founders of Bay aspired to welcome students and families from a broad range of backgrounds because they understood that a diverse community enriches all.

Members of the leadership group found Alison to be a captivating speaker as witnessed by the sensitive yet lively Q&A session that occurred at the end of the morning.  Her approach to a subject that can often be complex and divisive was fresh and compelling, and her safe and honest approach encouraged attendees to begin to think and act more thoughtfully and intentionally about equity and inclusion in our school’s multicultural landscape.  A greater awareness and sensitivity for parents, guardians and students will surely prove to be very valuable moving forward.

Tim would like to open the discussion up to more Bay parents so watch for weekly enewsletter The Bay School Current for information about additional sessions with Alison happening in 2014.  If you would like to discuss any of this in further detail, feel free to contact PGA President Amy Talbot.