Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


The mission of the Highlands Council of PTA’s DEI Committee is to provide member schools and leaders within the Northeast L.A., Downtown L.A., Glassell Park, Silver Lake/Echo Park and Los Feliz areas with the support and guidance to pursue and promote diversity, equity and inclusion in their respective schools and communities. 

The Highlands Council PTA DEI Committee will collaborate with member PTA units to establish a council-wide DEI program that sets a foundation encouraging and generating a positive and welcoming environment for the school community to thrive.  Resources will be offered to educate and train students, parents, teachers and staff to create advocacy and self-empower towards a more inclusive and equitable society. 


To promote values of diversity and inclusion with an equity lens, the HCPTA DEI Committee goals are:

  • to encourage units to annually self-assess and engage PTA board and membership according to the National PTA DEI Local Leader Guide rubric to determine unit’s DEI plan and priorities
  • to elect a PTA board and recruit membership that is most-reflective of the whole community
  • to plan activities and communications that are welcoming and inclusive of the community, providing accommodations for access when needed
  • to openly support and foster programs that eliminate bias, prejudice and discrimination of and among beliefs, practices and policies.

If you would like to be a member of the DEI committee, contact Cynthia Dickson, DEI Chair at cdickson@highlandscouncilpta.org.