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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Lafayette Elementary PTA created a new Diversity, Equity & Inclusion board member role in 2018-19.

Our current Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair is Jennifer Barringer.  Jennifer (pronouns: she, her, hers) is a Lafayette parent with a background in teaching and advocating for youth and families.  Her studies focused on bilingual education theory, the arts, and social justice. She has worked as an educator in Seattle and Thurston County schools, and for many years tutoring and advocating for foster youth and caregivers at Treehouse. She’s passionate about serving our community!

What is Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Lafayette? Unconscious bias exists within each and every one of us.  We hope to help recognize our unconscious bias, bring awareness to it and utilize that awareness to foster an inclusive environment for all our students, teachers, staff, volunteers, and community members at Lafayette Elementary.   We recognize that each community member may have different needs in order to find success at Lafayette.   We welcome all races, religions, ethnicities, countries of origin, gender identities, orientations, abilities, disabilities, and spoken languages. We welcome EVERYONE.

We strive to:

  • Build community through fun, informative, inclusive, welcoming events and meet-ups.
  • Bridge gaps between the school, the PTA, and families around issues pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Listen to families.
  • Invite inclusion.
  • Work with staff to evaluate practices and review materials.
  • Create a community board to share resources and events.
  • Connect with similar programs in other buildings to share ideas and build a larger community.
  • Provide opportunities for discussion and learning.
  • Share educational materials.
  • help achieve equitable access to our services, programs, information and community events.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.  Join us!  We are connecting with each other, sharing resources, discussing ideas, and working to increase our community awareness of all populations and experiences at Lafayette.  We meet monthly and are looking for your input.  We would particularly welcome those who do not currently feel their voice is represented or is being heard.


Special Education Family Support Network.  The Special Education Family Support Network is a volunteer school-based family support program made up of parents within our school with children in our Special Education program.  Parent Volunteer Pamela Phillips currently serves as our Special Education Parent Liaison.  As liaison, Pamela will provide a ‘parent-oriented’ point of connection between schools, district, and PTA. Within the Lafayette community her overall role is to help support families, students, and staff within the special education program at Lafayette Elementary to create best outcomes for students.  This year we hope to:

  • Build community by organizing gatherings for SPED families to connect with others
  • Create awareness around special education and the benefits of inclusion
  • Establish a line of communication where families can share resources
  • Help families connect with resources or personnel to address the needs of their students

SpEd Resources

Resources

Contact Us.  Have a suggestion? Know of a great resource to share? Please contact us! Ask us your questions, send us your experiences, share information & ideas with us, place a comment card in our box in the school lobby.  We would love to hear from you!  Jennifer Barringer, Lafayette Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


If you would like to be added to the Special Education Family Support Network or have questions, please contact Pamela Phillips, Lafayette Special Education

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