Vi Takahashi, mother of Dean Takahashi and grandmother of Kerry ’07 and Kai ’09, speaks about her experiences during World War II.
Parents play a central role in supporting Foote’s diversity efforts. Whether sharing family traditions in classrooms, volunteering with the Parent Teacher Council or serving on the Board of Directors, parents are integral to making Foote a welcoming and inclusive community. The parent-led group MOSAIC (Multicultural, Open-Minded, Supportive, Accepting, Inclusive Community) works to promote diversity by bringing outside speakers to campus for thought-provoking talks for parents and students. Past MOSAIC speakers—many of whom come from the Foote community—have shared first-hand accounts of Japanese-American internment, the partition of India and Pakistan, school desegregation in Little Rock, the Armenian Genocide and the art of Persian storytelling. MOSAIC also coordinates Unite Through Understanding Day, a special event held every few years that brings special guests to campus for student workshops that promote an appreciation for others’ backgrounds and experiences.
Parents help organize Unite Through Understanding Day, a special event where students can expand their understanding of other cultures, religions and identities in a safe and supportive atmosphere.