What does Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging mean for PEF?

The mission of PEF is to provide sustained financial support to Piedmont schools through fundraising and community engagement. We put as much value in the community engagement portion of our mission as we do in fundraising for our schools. Therefore, it is up to each and every one of us to listen, learn, and support. We are confident in the education our students receive, but a complete education has to include learning to accept and include others. Teaching diversity helps students to counter discriminatory stereotypes by understanding a variety of social groups and cultures. This provides students with a better understanding of how to be better citizens in our community and beyond.

A healthy community is an essential part of maintaining a welcoming, supportive environment for children and adults. In the coming months, PEF will be joining with parent groups and PUSD to find ways we, as a community, can come together to heal our differences and build back better.

In the classroom, we will help fund programs that will help develop trust, create healthy relationships, and strengthen a sense of belonging.

Through community engagement, we can create a safe space for the exchange of ideas, promote conversation over conflict, and maintain a healthy, supportive environment for children and adults.

What does Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging mean for PUSD?

In Board Policy 0415.1 Racial Equity, the PUSD School Board details their intent to ensure that the policies and practices of PUSD produce equitable outcomes of educational excellence for all students. Below is a top-level overview of the goals and objectives leading toward racial and educational equity at Piedmont schools. PEF is proud to be partnering with PUSD on this initiative. Click on the goals below to learn details on each objective.

PUSD Racial Equity - Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Fight racism as an institution.
  1. Adopt a comprehensive district-wide anti-racism education curriculum.
  2. Develop the District’s Strategic Plan to include Racial Equity
  3. Create infrastructure with defined roles that will provide ongoing support of racial equity work.
Goal 2: Be an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, staff, and their families who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC).
  1. Foster and maintain a district-wide culture of inclusion and belonging for students who identify as BIPOC.
  2. Advance the representation of individuals who identify as BIPOC in our schools.
  3. Conduct a full review of programs and policies through the lens of racial equity.
Goal 3: Eradicate opportunity gaps for students who identify as BIPOC.
  1. Invest and support the mental and physical well-being of students and staff who identify as BIPOC.
  2. Ensure finances and personnel are prioritized to result in racially equitable outcomes for all students.

PUSD Educational Equity - Goals and Objectives

Goal: Provide equitable access, inclusion, treatment, resource distribution, and opportunities for learning and achievement for all students.
  1. Enable equity-focused policy, planning, and resource development decisions.
  2. Provide all students with equitable access to district programs, support services, and opportunities for success while promoting equity and inclusion at PUSD.
  3. Ensure all students have equitable access to curricular and extracurricular courses, including advanced placement and college preparatory courses and other student activities.
  4. Build a positive school culture and climate that promotes student engagement, safety, sense of belonging and inclusion, and healthy identity, and that provides academic, behavioral, and social-emotional support while addressing the academic outcomes and performance of all students on all indicators.
  5. Ensure curriculum and instruction materials accurately reflect the diversity of student groups.
  6. Ensure all students have access to appropriate and necessary resources and support services.
  7. Employ and retain a diverse staff reflective of the student demographics of Alameda County.
  8. Fully integrate culturally responsive instructional practices.
  9. Address the academic outcomes and performance of all students on all indicators.

If you would like to learn more or help with this important work, please contact us at info@piedmontedfoundation.org or by phone at 510-653-1816.