Parent Social Identity Discussion Groups

Dr. Carlos Hoyt, Director of Equity and Inclusion
October 12, 2021

You are invited to the kick-off gathering for this year’s Social Identity Discussion Groups (SIDGs) via Zoom on Tuesday, October 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

“Social Identity Discussion Group” is the term we’re using for groups that center on shared experiences related to social identity. If you are interested in learning more about or resuming your participation in any of the groups being offered, we hope you’ll be able to join the gathering on October 26.

We’ll devote the first twenty to thirty minutes of the gathering to providing introductions of facilitators and a sense of the purposes and approaches the SIDGs will take. Following the introduction, each SIDG will use the remaining time to meet in its own breakout space to focus on plans for the year (goals, meeting dates, etc.). After this kick-off event, each group will proceed for the rest of the school year based on the goals and logistics that are best for its members.

We’re very pleased to be able to offer facilitated gatherings for folks who identify as members of the following groups and for folks interested in an interfaith-worldview discussion group:

  • Asian- and Asian-American-identified parents – facilitated by Minna Ham, lower school head
  • Black/African American-identified and Hispanic/Latino/Latinx-identified parents – facilitated by Dr. Carlos Hoyt, director of Equity and Inclusion and Sharra Owens-Schwartz P ’25, chair of the board diversity committee
  • White-identified parents raising Black/African American-identified or Hispanic/Latino/Latinx-identified children – facilitated by Dr. Leesa Mercedes
  • Anti-racist allyship group for White-identified parents – facilitated by Suzanne Caruso, former Belmont Day middle school teacher
  • Interfaith and Worldview group – facilitated by Matt Segil, sixth grade math teacher
  • Parents of students with transgender or non-binary identities – facilitated by Jen James, assistant to the head of school and registrar

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