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Diversity & Inclusion in Your PTA

Diversity HandsPTAs everywhere must understand and embrace the uniqueness of all individuals, appreciating that each contributes a diversity of views, experiences, cultural heritage/traditions, skills/abilities, values and preferences. When PTAs respect differences yet acknowledge shared commonalities uniting their communities, and then develop meaningful priorities based upon their knowledge, they genuinely represent their communities. When PTAs represent their communities, they gain strength and effectiveness through increased volunteer and resource support.

The recognition of diversity within organizations is valuing differences and similarities in people through actions and accountability. These differences and similarities include age, ethnicity, language and culture, economic status, educational background, gender, geographic location, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position and tenure, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.

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Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award

PTA members come with their own views, experiences, cultural heritage and traditions, skills and abilities, values and preferences. The nation’s public schools are a rich weave of these diverse threads, and their PTAs must be as well. The Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award will be presented to one local, council, or district, and one state PTA. The recipient selected will be one that best demonstrates outstanding achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusion, as well as efforts to end discriminatory practices.

Request for award nominations begin Friday, Jan. 10 and nominations are due Friday, March 14. Email diversity@pta.org for more information on how to apply.

2013 Jan Harp Domene Award Recipients
Ohio State PTA
Thirty-Third District PTA, Los Angeles County, CA

2012 Jan Harp Domene Award Recipient
California State PTA