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IDEA Committee

The IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access) Committee is a district-wide, parent-led group that supports the families, faculty, and staff of the Hillsborough City School District. 

We are committed to acknowledging and embracing our diversity to foster a sense of belonging. We are committed to a collaborative relationship and dialogue with the District in an effort to provide an inclusive and supportive environment that will represent and uplift all of our children as well as raise awareness within our community.

2023-2024 IDEA Committee Members:

Co-Presidents: Amy Rodde and Erin Schaefer

Past President: Lynette Caplice

Secretary & Treasurer: Bobby Thompson

Communications:  Rani Bhuva, Tanya Boland and Jessica Mullens Engelman

Parents Event Chairs:  Sapna Palrecha, Shannon Seeberan and Ani Vartanian

School Events Chairs: Meg Ketchersid, Sanjana Reddy and Jessica Zucker

North Chairs: Cristin Chinn and Joo-Lee Lim

South Chairs: Elizabeth Jardina and Ting Yang

West Chairs: Zeryn Sarpangal and Jennifer Merrill

Crocker Chairs: Bahrig Mikaelian-Deirmendjian and Eric Sarbib

District Liaison: Kim Oliff

💡IDEA Mission Statement: 

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access) is a district-wide, parent-led group that supports the families, faculty, and staff of the Hillsborough City School District (HCSD) to create an environment that welcomes and is informed by diversity, fosters a sense of belonging, and prepares our students to make a positive impact on the world.

What IDEA does to further this mission: 

💡Our Story:

The Hillsborough City School District embarked on a formalized DEI effort in the 2020-21 school year. This DEI initiative has four pillars under which the work is categorized: Educator Growth, Classroom & Climate, Student Belonging, and Community Cohesion.  An initial goal of the Community Cohesion Pillar was the formation of a Parent / Community Team, and that led to the formation of the IDEA Committee. In January 2022, we collected applications to form the first district-wide IDEA committee. Each year we will go through the nominations process to secure new committee members.

💡Upcoming Events:

We are actively recruiting volunteers! Please reach out to your school representatives. 

💡How to Get Involved:

Follow us & reach out to any of your school representatives directly to learn more.  We are always looking for IDEAs and volunteers!