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PTSA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

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SPS Black Indians, African American History Month 2023

Rhapsody Project

The Rhapsody Project run by Lady A (a Lincoln High School alumni) and her colleague (both musicians). Learn more on their website. They are putting together a custom 6 or 8 week workshop strategy sessions for  Lincoln HS DEI committee to focus on racial equity, and would like anyone who’s interested in participating to join in. Please email DEIatBHS@gmail.com for more information. 

The next DEI committee meeting dates are: 

  • February 7 and February 28
    • (Zoom, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.): meeting together with Lincoln’s DEI committee 

We’d love to have you join us! Please email DEIatBHS@gmail.com for meeting links or info. 


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Read our Equity Corner in the PTSA Weekly Newsletter.

Community Events in the Newsletter

Meet the DEI Committee

We are excited to kick off the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts (or DEI) at Ballard High School! 

We want everyone to link arms towards creating a more welcoming, diversity-rich safe space here in our school community where everyone feels a greater sense of belonging, where everyone has a seat at the table, and where students’ and families’ unique cultural perspectives are valued.

See an interesting event that celebrates Diversity, Equity, or Inclusion and you’d like to see it highlighted here? Please send it our way! DEIatBHS@gmail.com  

Ballard HS DEI Committee Meetings  

This year the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee will be meeting with our fellow parent DEI committee at Lincoln High School twice a month (1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., online).  We look forward to working with Lincoln HS to collaborate on events and activities! Everyone is welcome! Please reach out if you would like to join any of the meetings, or if you have ideas or suggestions: DEIatBHS@gmail.com.

We’d love for you to be involved! ~ Co-Chairs: Naida Boyer and Shelley Bolser

News  

Students together and marching with a sign Ingraham with a heart
  • Up & Back: Outdoor solace for Seattle’s queer people of color
  • Seeing and Being Seen in the work of Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems. At the SAM
  • Cham Refugee Community article in the South Seattle Emerald
  • Black Well-Being Report Seeks Societal Solutions from Black Washingtonians in the South Seattle Emerald.
  • Native and Strong Lifeline 988 Crisis Line Support for Native Communities.
  • Opinion South Seattle Emerald: We Must Listen to the Students
    • Many Ballard students supported Ingraham students in the protest on November 14 with demands for
      • Mental health counselors in every school that is representative of the diverse backgrounds of the students, at least 1 per every 200 students. 
      • Updated Safe Storage Laws nationally. 
      • Increased de-escalating and anti-racism trainings for Seattle Public School security guards. 
      • Ban assault rifles. 
      • Ingraham HS Students Protest at Seattle City Hall to Bring Awareness to Gun Violence

Ongoing Events  

Wing Luke Museum | Now – Feb 19, 2023 Exhibit We are Changing the Tide – Wing Luke Museum “learn how BIPOC communities are addressing Environmental Justice and how we can all play a role in supporting collaborative systemic change.” 


Goals of DEI Committee

  • Create a safe space for students and families in our BHS to discuss experiences and resources
  • Provide and promote activities and enrichment experiences that elevate students and school families in our community, focusing on the information and skills necessary to improve equity
  • Facilitate direct access to school administration, allowing better communication between families and school administration
  • Advocate for and amplify diverse voices in the school community

At the January 2022 PTSA meeting, the Ballard PTSA adopted a resolution affirming the information in WSPTA Resolution 2.26, “Dismantling Institutional and Systemic Racism”. To view, open the Child Safety and Protection tab. This will guide the work and inform the DEI Committee’s future goals.