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Diversity

committee

Zilker is "a great place for kids"

-all kids.

Mission

 

The mission of the Diversity Committee

is to help the Zilker Elementary community learn about and celebrate its diversity.

Diversity may refer to many different things, including racial diversity, gender diversity, neurodiversity, language diversity, socioeconomic diversity, and diversity of family structures.

As part of the PTA, the Diversity Committee will work towards this mission both on its own and by partnering with other special programs, including No Place
for Hate, the Special Education Parent Group, the Dyslexia Parent
Group, and the Spanish Committee.

What we do

The Diversity Committee strives for inclusion 

through action.

1.

Learning opportunities:

guest speakers, recommended reading lists, and

educational displays.

2.

Community support opportunities:

family social gatherings,

links to online resources and support groups.

3.

Celebration opportunities:

organized gatherings for special events such as the Zilker March for Peace, AISD Pride Kickoff, and the Martin Luther King Jr. March and Celebration.

4.

Ongoing communication with Zilker and AISD administration

about issues and policies that impact diversity and inclusion.

Why inclusion is important

  • Supports Zilker’s mission “to develop children into lifelong learners.” When children recognize that they are welcome, they are more likely to thrive.

  • Enriches our school culture and strengthens our community.

  • Helps students develop important life skills, such as recognizing and appreciating differences, cultivating a growth mindset by being open to unfamiliar ideas, and advocating for themselves and others.

  • Exemplifies Zilker’s values of diversity and inclusion.

"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and

there is strength.

-Maya Angelou

CONTACT

us

Administration Representative

and Counselor

 Elizabeth Vreeland
elizabeth.vreeland@austinisd.org

Parent Representative

Karen Krajcer
zilkerdiversity@gmail.com

If you would like to get involved, please email Karen

at zilkerdiversity@gmail.com.

Events

We may have Zoom fatigue, but we are excited about the multitude of free and donation-supported virtual events. Register for an online panel about issues impacting inclusion, or check out a virtual exhibit or other event that celebrates diversity.

Not all events will be appropriate for young children. Please use your discretion.

If you would like to recommend an online event, please email Karen at zilkerdiversity@gmail.com. 

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Additional resources

Click here for links to AISD policies and resources as well as community resources, support groups, and informative videos. 

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