Supported by the Be Inspired Fund
In June 2020, Dr. Waters stated GW’s commitment to students of color aligning with DPS Leadership and the School Board. The staff has engaged in the important work of establishing an inclusive culture for all students at GW. The students are also taking part in meaningful work centered on inclusion. This work has generated enthusiasm from families who want to partner with GW staff and students. To help in this effort, the GW Be Inspired Fund provided a grant to purchase more than 100 copies of the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo for families to support the work happening throughout the GW community.
To that end, the community has been invited to come together “to absorb knowledge, challenge ideas, and learn.” In September, GW launched the Family Culturally Responsive Engagement Initiative facilitated by Parent and Family Liaison, Michelle Quattlebaum. Two affinity groups have been established, including white identifying and black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) identifying parents. Monthly Zoom meeting topics have included bias and microaggressions.
The Family Culturally Responsive Engagement initiative will use White Fragility as one framework to support GW’s commitment to inclusiveness. White Fragility serves as a tool to look inward and discover the power to break down racist systems so that every student can thrive.
For more information or to participate in the Family Culturally Responsive Engagement initiative, contact Michelle Quattlebaum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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