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About Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative

The Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative is an online community for cross-community educational work! This is an online space where committee members (and guests!) from our new local diversity collaborative can share information, hold discussions and communicate around our shared work/passion for issues of diversity in education. We would love to have your input!

Our Next Diversity Collaborative Meeting

We hope that you all are managing well with this extraordinary weather. 

Please mark your calendars for our next GPDC meeting on Monday, February 24, 2014. This meeting will be held at Frankford Friends School beginning at 4:30PM.  The school is located at 1500 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124. Here is the link for directions: 

The agenda will be sent closer to the date. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Middle School Diversity Conference – Registration Ends Soon!!

MCRC Middle School Conference 
The 3rd Annual Middle School Diversity Conference will be on Tuesday, March 11th at The Haverford School.  Registration will begin on January 6th, 2013 and last till February 7th, 2013. 
The Conference is open to all middle school students 6th, 7th & 8th grades attending independent schools in this area. Please use the link below for more information and to register your students.
The MCRC Middle School Diversity Conference is a student leadership conference that provides an opportunity for Middle School aged students to discuss and learn about diversity topics in their schools and communities at large. The conference works to promote leadership development and a platform for all students to understand the value of equity work. 


Racial Identity Forum on Saturday, January 11 (2PM)


The Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative invites you to a free program: Racial Identity Forum

“Positive Multiculturalism – Helping Our Children Develop and Maintain a Positive Racial and Ethnic

Identity in a Complicated World”

Presenters: Susan McGroarty, Ph.D., ABPP, Chestnut Hill College and Cheryll Rothery, Psy.D., ABPP, Chestnut Hill College

In this informative, 3 hour workshop, Drs. McGroarty and Rothery, both experienced educators, clinicians, diversity trainers, and parents, will:

1) Explore the stages of ethnic/racial identity development in the context of multiple systems,

such as the family, the neighborhood and school, and within the larger society;

2) Explore ways to help children and adolescents process and respond to overt racial

discrimination and racial incidents; and

3) Explore ways to affirm and foster children’s and adolescents’ positive ethnic/racial identity

Parents, teachers, care givers, counselors and all who nurture children and young people are encouraged to attend.

When: Saturday, January 11, 2014, beginning at 2:00 PM

Where: Frankford Friends School

1500 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Link for Directions:

To register, send an email to

with your name, school affiliation, position and a phone number.

You will receive an email reply with more information about the event.

You may also feel free to use this email address for questions

about the event or the Collaborative.

S.E.E.D. Workshops

Dear Diversity Collaborative Members and Friends, 
Please read this message from Ryan Glover at United Friends School in Quakertown.

My name is Ryan Glover and I am a teacher at United Friends School in Quakertown. This summer I was trained as a SEED (seeking educational equity and diversity) leader. If you are not familiar with SEED, it is a national project designed to provide educators with a space to explore diversity and equity issues within their institution and beyond. As part of my training, I committed to leading one session a month from October to June, 9 in total, for educators in my area. 

I would like to send an open invitation, through the Diversity Collaborative, to any educators who would like to participate in 2013-2014 SEED workshops. The meetings will be held every Second Monday of the Month, beginning October 14th from 4-7pm at The United Friends School in Quakertown. Participants should be able to commit to 90% of the meetings. Dinner will be served. If you are interested in being a part of SEED, or if you would like additional information please e-mail me. For me information on SEED please check out their website at And please pass this on to any colleagues you think might be interested.  
Thank you,
Ryan Glover

GPDC Meeting Minutes


Diversity Statements: A quick read through of all of the statements on the shared drive.

  • Some were wordy, some more succinct.
  • Where should a diversity statement go?
  • Should it be a contract between faculty/staff/families?
    • How will this be enforced?
    • Could it cause further alienation with some families?
    • Creation of a diversity statement should be a transparent process involving everyone in the school community.

Creating a diversity statement for the GPDC.

  • Using the University of Maryland’s Goodwill for Diversity Collaborative Diversity Statement as a framework, we began to establish a base for the GPDC statement.       
    • Do we want to collaborate with other collaborative? Yes!
    • Leave the statement open as available to all schools, not just independent schools.
    • Emphasize sharing resources, curricula, articles, etc., including events and speakers, and eventually sponsor events.
    • First portion of statement will be sent out to everyone by Ted, and it will be open to editing on Google Drive. Everyone is encouraged to sign up for a free Google Drive account to more easily access the document.
    • What’s next
      • Steering Committee was established to keep GPDC going and growing. Volunteers: Linn Vaughters (Community Partnership School), Jess Cronin-Connelly (St. Peter’s), and Jeri Bond Whatley (Miquon).
      • Heads Helena Grady (Greene Towne Montessori) and Abbie Miller (Gladwyne Montessori) will tag team as Administrative Consultants, providing administrative perspectives as requested.
      • We will keep meetings to 3 times a year, since that seems to have been working well.
      • St. Peter’s School will host the next meeting in the Fall, 2013.
      • Discussion
        • Guest Christine Beck discussed her book Listen to Our Voices, including its origin – when she was the President and CEO of the GESU school, some of the students asked her to write a book with them, and after a long process, this is the result. The self-published book is currently used as part of curriculum in some area schools, and the children involved have even participated further by visiting in person.
        • Racial Identity Forum – Dorothy Stewart (with Jeri and Ted) discussed the forum sponsored by the Germantown Monthly Meeting Group. Two professors, who are also friends and practicing psychologists, from Chestnut Hill College hosted the forum and opened discussion about diversity and feeling different from others. It was compelling, refreshing and affirming.





Minutes from April 10 Meeting

GPDC Next Meeting and Assignment


Hello All,

Happy almost spring! We want to remind you of our next meeting at Greene Towne Montessori on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The school is located at 2121 Arch St  Philadelphia, PA 19103. Their phone number is(215) 563-6368. Our hosts will be Helena Grady and Nicole Leapheart. We look forward to seeing you there.

Also, a brief reminder of the homework assignment from our last meeting in January. Meg Bishop from Community Partnership School has set up a Google doc for us to document our Diversity Mission Statements, if you have one. This document is also a forum for documenting your ideas, wishes and vision for the GPDC as we work together to solidify our organization. We have already agreed that support of each other in our schools is something that we want this organization to be about. This includes sharing resources, materials, ideas, curriculum, events, speakers, job postings, and …??? If you do not have a Google account, please send your information to Meg ( or Jeri ( via email so that we may include your contribution.

Our Next GPDC Meeting in April

Hello All, 

We are so pleased that our newest members, Helena Grady and Nicole Leapheart of Greene Towne Montessori School have offered to host our next meeting of the Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Please mark your calendars to save the date.  

The school is located at 2121 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, and their phone number is (215) 563-6368

Look for more information about times and agenda closer to the date. 

Hope your year continues to go well.