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2017 Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award
DEADLINE: Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

"The National Congress of Mothers, irrespective of creed, color or condition, stands for parenthood, childhood, homehood." -Alice McLellan Birney, 1898 Co-founder of National PTA

"To think clearly about diversity...requires us to see the world on a split-screen. We must maintain in our sights the kind of America we want while looking squarely at America as it is." -Vernon Jordan
Civil Rights activist

PTAs everywhere must understand and embrace the uniqueness of all individuals, appreciating that each contributes a diversity of views, experiences, cultural heritage and traditions, skills and abilities, values, and preferences. When PTAs respect differences, yet acknowledge shared commonalities uniting their communities and develop meaningful priorities based upon their knowledge, they genuinely represent their communities. When PTAs represent their communities, they gain strength and effectiveness through increased volunteer and resource support.
Inclusion is a commitment to involve the entire school community in planning and enjoying PTA programs and activities. Bringing in different viewpoints is key to building a robust and meaningful PTA presence in your community.
Members come with their own views, experiences, cultural heritages and traditions, skills and abilities, values, and preferences. Our nation's public schools are a rich wave of these diverse threads, and PTAs must be as well. National PTA recognizes that the involvement of diverse populations enriches PTA activities and, more importantly, enhances the well-being of all children. When all aspects of the community are represented, all voices will be heard, and PTA will be an effective voice for ALL children.
By recognizing diversity, organizations value differences and similarities in people through actions and accountability. PTA values and appreciates diversity, which enriches and strengthens the structure of our society within our state and nation.
Application deadline is Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PST. If you have any questions or concerns, please email or call (571) 329-9363.
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