Diversity, Inclusion & Equity

The Office of School Culture provides diversity education to and hosts diversity events for the student body, designed to break down barriers, teach respect for differences and promote an inclusive and safe environment. 

Workshops and Events

  • Whole-grade workshops on different identities and action planning
  • Community Day (September) student-led workshops focused on social identities or social concerns  
  • Latinx Heritage Open Mic (Sept/Oct)
  • Mix-It-Up day (October)
  • PeaceJam’s Consent Week (November)
  • Black History Month Open Mic (February)
  • Women’s History Month Open Mic (March)
  • National Day of Silence: LGBTQ+ acceptance (April)
  • Asian History Month Open Mic (May)
  • Pride Open Mic (June)
  • Unity Day student-led workshops focused on community-building (June)

Equity Committee

PVPA’s Equity Committee (made up of teachers, administrators, counselors and students) oversees the implementation of the PVPA Diversity Plan and provides support and education around diversity concerns. For more information please contact Equity Committee Chair, Leigh-Ellen Figueroa-Starr (lfigueroa@pvpa.org)

Student Affinity Groups and Diversity/Action Clubs

Students have the opportunity to join school affinity groups and action clubs, focused on education, celebration and support. 

  • Asian Student Union: advised by Rahul Roy (rroy@pvpa.org)
  • Black Student Union: advised by Terna Tilley-Gyado (ttilleygyado@pvpa.org)
  • Feminist Coalition: 
  • Gender and Sexuality Diversity: advised by Emil Heiple and Alyson Miller (eheiple@pvpa.org, amiller@pvpa.org)
  • Latinx Student Union: advised by Maritza Rivera (mrivera@pvpa.org)
  • PeaceJam

PVPA’s Diversity Statement