The Inclusiveness Committee of the Texas PTA Board of Directors has the following mission: "To continually be a voice for all children by reflecting diversity and being inclusive in our membership, leadership, program content, advocacy, training, partnerships and communications."
The committee has a broad mandate and is working with unbridled enthusiasm to achieve its goals. Among other objectives, the committee will spearhead efforts to have key PTA resources available in languages in addition to English and will work closely with other Texas PTA committees to increase the diversity of our overall membership.
During the 2010-2011 PTA year, the Texas PTA Inclusiveness Committee requested feedback in a survey of local PTA leadership regarding specific demographic representation in their respective PTA membership ranks. Thank you to everyone who participated in this process. Some of the areas included in the survey are: race/ethnicity, age, gender, home language, active military, parental status, education, and work experience.
Our goal is to have every local PTA membership and board reflect the demographic make-up of the surrounding community. The survey data that we gathered indicate that there is a gap for a significant number of our PTAs between the demographics of their membership and/or leadership and the community. With these datapoints, we now have a solid baseline that we can use to measure the results of our future efforts to diversify our membership and leadership going forward.
Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Policy (updated July 2012)
Sources of Diversity
|Family Health||Family History||Family Size|
|Gender||Geographic Location||Home Language|
|Income Level||Marital Status||Military Experience|
|Parental Status||Physical Ability||Race|
|Religion||Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or Gender Expression||Work Experience|
- Cultural Competency E-Learning Course - The Inclusiveness committee members have completed this online course. Here is the link to access on the National PTA website http://www.pta.org/leadership_training.asp. Please encourage your members and community to participate in the course.
- Helping Families Form Attachments to Schools and PTAs
- National PTA Website Available in Spanish - Every page of the National PTA website (http://www.pta.org/) is available in Spanish. Click En Español found next to the search option at the top of each page to automatically change the website wording to Spanish.
- Three for Me - National PTA Resource (English and Spanish)
- To Pray Or Not To Pray - Article from The Voice-Spring 2011