The first of this year's Princeton Day School Parent Association meetings was held virtually last night, drawing a record crowd of 140 attendees. After a welcome and introduction by PA President Sejal Doshi, Head of School Paul Stellato recounted the collective effort that has produced this year's safe and engaging start of school for both on-campus and remote learners. Mr. Stellato also reflected on the work involved in developing its strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion announced in August.
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Anthony McKinley expanded on the School's DEI process, and began by sharing his personal background and experience in DEI work as an educator. He discussed the School's partnership with Dr. Diana Artis of Olive Branch Educators and the ambitious DEI work underway, which involves the entire PDS community, including seven DEI-related task forces that encompass the School's structural and community spectrum.
Mrs. Doshi and PA President-Elect Joanne Liu shared perspectives about the PA's mission-aligned community work and reinforced ways to stay informed through the PDS website, the new student information system, Veracross, and through the password-protected parent portal, which includes the PA homepage. Parent and Family Outreach and Engagement DEI task force member Sundaa Jones explained the role of the task force in enhancing parent and family orientation and outreach to families of color within the school, which also reflects the PA's overarching goal of ensuring that the entire PDS community is welcoming, connected and supportive of all families.
To conclude the meeting, questions from attendees were fielded by the speakers and moderated by Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Julie Cucchi. If you were unable to attend, please see the PA page in the PDS Parent Portal for the link to the meeting recording. All PA meeting recordings for the 2020-2021 school year will be archived there.
Photo composite, l to r: top row: Paul Stellato, Joanne Liu, Sundaa Jones; bottom row: Sejal Doshi, Anthony McKinley; Julie Cucchi.