SCASD Parent/Caregiver and Community Opportunities
Opportunities for Learning and Engagement
Parent and Community Book Club: TBD
Equity Workgroups: There are various workgroups meeting monthly in the district focused on various topics of equity. Please find a list of the workgroups and their meeting times here. Please contact Daniela at email@example.com for the Zoom meeting links.
- Diversity in STEM
Parents/Caregivers as Advocates Workgroup: Are you a parent who has been in SCASD and/or other systems and feel confident in how to navigate the system as a parent of a student of color? Would you be willing to support other parents and/or caregivers as they embark on navigating the system? Would you be willing to learn more about SCASD and all of its resources to help connect parents/caregivers to services? Then this new workgroup may be for you! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
If you are interested in any or all of the opportunities listed above, please complete the form linked here.
NPFH Parent/Caregiver Involvement: No Place for Hate is an initiative developed by the AntiDefamation League (ADL), which is a student-led, schoolwide program aimed at addressing and reducing acts of bias and bullying in schools through assessment, education, and organization of three school-wide educational events.
We are looking for parents/community members with connections to either Mount Nittany Middle School, Park Forest Middle School, Delta Middle/High, or State High, who would be interested in potentially serving on a school based NPFH committee. If you are interested in potentially volunteering, please complete the form linked here.
Support for Students and Families
- Support for New Students: Are you or your child new to State College? Acclimating to a new school, new town, and new environment can be difficult on its own merits. Acclimation can be particularly difficult for youth of color. If you feel your child is in need of additional support, please reach out to our office at email@example.com as we have peer advocates ready to help.
- We also have various student groups from Penn State who are interested in mentoring and supporting students of color. We typically have more mentors than mentees. If you are interested in being matched with a mentor, please let us know.
Affinity Groups: Last year, through the Bridging Divides course at Delta, the Office of Equity was honored to have the opportunity to facilitate racial affinity groups throughout the semester. To learn more about the importance of racial affinity groups, you can find out more about racial affinity groups here. Below, please also find two articles regarding the perspective of an individual who participated in a racial affinity group and a Teaching Tolerance article on why they are important in predominantly White spaces.
How Racial Affinity Groups Saved My Life
These racial affinity groups will be led by individuals who identify as a member of the racial group as well. Racial affinity groups have been found to provide safer spaces for youth of color who are in predominantly White spaces. If you or your child would be interested in joining a racial affinity group, please sign up here.
Do you have an equity-based opportunity for families or the SCASD community? Please contact Daniela Saraka, secretary for the Office of Equity & Inclusivity K-12.