Peirce FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) is comprised of a group of parents and educators who seek to promote cross-racial connection and racial justice within ourselves, our families, our communities (with a focus on the Peirce community), and the world at large.

Peirce FORJ has committees that focus on four areas:

  1. Parent Awareness - Provides opportunities for parents to connect, informs parents of local events, and offers learning opportunities through workshops and resources. Past events include Identity, How to talk about racism and diversity through children’s literature, and most recently Talking about Race with Children: Why it Matters and How to Start Doing It 
  2. Student Awareness - Focuses on increasing awareness and expanding upon what our children learn about race and diversity in the classroom. Coming soon: Kaleidoscope bags for the Peirce Extended Day Program (PEDP) to help to expand and broaden our reach of diverse books on history and skin color!
  3. Multicultural Night - Every year we have a school-wide Multicultural Night where the community celebrates the heritage and/or culture of Peirce families.  Families and teachers host tables of their country of origin and share delicious ethnic food, colorful crafts, cultural dress, and fun-filled activities and entertainment.  This community event has proven to be fun, educational and community-building for all families of all ages - even grandparents participate and the Peirce staff!
  4. Welcoming new families of color - Please reach out to Janelle Wells, janellew@usf.edu, to connect.

Please view our Anti-Racism Actions and Resources guide for a comprehensive list of resources and actions. It is updated frequently, with a primary focus on local resources and opportunities.

We are also partnering with other FORJ chapters to work on various citywide initiatives. For more information or to get involved, please contact Peirce’s FORJ coordinators Lauren Dale and Emily Jin Stephen. We hope you will join us for various events and initiatives this year, or consider joining our team! To learn more about FORJ citywide, please check out https://forjnewton.com