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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Meet the PTSA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

Stay Informed!

Read our Equity Corner in the PTSA Weekly Newsletter.

Upcoming Equity Events >

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!  

Meeting dates for 2022-23 TBD. Please contact us at: if you’re interested in being part of this committee. We’d love for you to be involved! ~ Co-Chairs: Naida Boyer and Shelley Bolser

In the News

Advancing Racial Equity w/ LaTosha Brown

The Advancing Racial Equity Series is in partnership with Seattle University on October 5! Join the co-founder of Black Voters Matter, LaTosha Brown, for a conversation about creating a just and equitable America. Wed, October 5, 2022 from 6-7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) in the Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University, 901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA-98122 (Virtual Option Available)

Upcoming Events and Important Dates 

Now through 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.” 

Sept 15 – Oct 15 is National Hispanic Heritage month, honoring the contribution of both Hispanic and Latinx Americans. See King County’s list of books and more in the South Seattle Emerald.

Sept 25-27: Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset on Sunday September 25 and ends at sunset on September 27. L’Shana Tova to all our Jewish friends!  

Sept 26 Navaratri: This is a Hindu festival that means “nine nights,” celebrating the Goddess Durga. Learn more here! 

Sept 21 – Oct 22  “An evening of laughter, love, and unrelenting joy! Seattle’s own Sarah, Be, and Faith Bennett Russell carry on their family’s legacy as storytellers, while celebrating their individual journeys as Black female artists.”  Visit Taproot Theatre for more details.

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.