Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Lewis Elementary PTA is committed to the principles of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.  The PTA recognizes diversity in race, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, neurodiversity and socio-economic status as assets that build and sustain a positive educational environment.   We recognize that different people will have different needs at different times and we believe in supporting all of our students and families in pursuing their needs. We acknowledge the existence of discrimination and of white supremacy culture and work to co-create a community that is safe, supportive, inclusive and celebrates all of our differences equally.  We recognize that a history of genocide can not be properly acknowledged with a statement.   We wish to acknowledge however that - to our understanding - our school stands on the tribal lands of the Cowlitz, The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde and the Clackamas people. 

 

Newly formed in spring 2021, the Lewis Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee seeks to ensure all members of the Lewis community feel welcome at and connected to the school. All are welcome to join JEDI meetings, which are held via Zoom on the first Monday of every month at 6:30pm. Meetings are a space to create community, raise concerns, share resources and learning opportunities around JEDI principles, and engage in shared problem-solving and decision-making. 

 

If you have a topic you'd like to see addressed at a JEDI meeting, please reach out to Committee co-chairs Caroline Dubuque or Melissa Duclos, or just drop in to a meeting! 

 

Caroline Dubuque, carolinedubuque@gmail.com, 707-227-0297

Melissa Duclos, melissaj.duclos@gmail.com, 914-584-3517

JEDI community values, topics we're interested in, and notes from our meetings are available online here. Community members are welcome to add comments if there are topics you'd like to see addressed at future meetings. 

 

JEDI meetings are planned via email with community input. If you would like to volunteer to receive planning emails or otherwise help steer the direction of our work, please email, call, or text Melissa or Caroline! 

 

Meeting Schedule

Join Via Zoom! 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83026861185

 

October 4, 6:30pm

November 1, 6:30pm

December 6, 6:30pm

January 3, 6:30pm 

February 7, 6:30pm

March 7, 6:30pm

April 4, 6:30pm

May 2, 6:30pm

June 6, 6:30pm