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Black Family Advisory Council

Black Family Advisory Council

Mission

The mission of the Black Family Advisory Council is to collaboratively create a platform to empower families of Black DPS students to ensure informed decisions are being made that positively impact our students through advocacy, information and active community engagement.

Purpose

BFAC was formed in order to address the inequities within Denver Public Schools. In 2016, the Bailey Report and The African American Equity Task Force identified the need for school administrators to hear directly from families of Black students and called for BFACs at the district and school level to be formed.

Black History in Denver Public Schools

The history of Denver Public Schools follows the challenges and accomplishments made by individuals within Denver’s Black and African American community. Despite historical oppression, trauma, discrimination, and legal exclusion, contributions made by trailblazers within the Black and African American community stand as essential lessons today. It is important to explore history to deepen personal awareness. As awareness is deepened, commitment to keep this history relevant will uplift and enrich a personal experience and journey that is meaningful.

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Upcoming Events

The Black Family Advisory Council meet the second Tuesday of every month virtually and/or online. We also have a hybrid meeting every other month with the DPS Superintendent. All students, family members and community members are welcome to attend. (Please note: being Black is not required to join.)

News

Virtual MLE-DAC Meeting for Families of Multilingual Learners on May 25 EnglishEspañolالعربيةTiếng ViệtSoomaaliአማርኛनेपालीFrançais汉语English Virtual MLE-DAC Meeting for Families of Multilingual Learners on May 25 Please join DPS for a virtual Multilingual Education Districtwide Advisory Committee (MLE DAC) meeting on Wednesday, May 25 from 5-6:30 p.m. At this month’s session, we invite you to: Get to know two DPS Board Members Learn about resources for college and Read More »
Virtual MLE-DAC Meeting for Families of Multilingual Learners on Apr. 27 EnglishEspañolالعربيةTiếng ViệtSoomaaliአማርኛनेपालीFrançais汉语English Virtual MLE-DAC Meeting for Families of Multilingual Learners on Apr. 27 Please join DPS for a virtual Multilingual Education Districtwide Advisory Committee (MLE DAC) meeting on Wednesday, Apr. 27 from 5-6:30 p.m. At this month’s session, we invite you to: Get to know a DPS Board Member Share your feedback about student assessment Read More »
 Virtual MLE-DAC Meeting for Families of Multilingual Learners on Mar. 23 EnglishEspañolالعربيةTiếng ViệtSoomaaliአማርኛनेपालीFrançais汉语English  Virtual MLE-DAC Meeting for Families of Multilingual Learners on Mar. 23 Please join DPS for a virtual Multilingual Education Districtwide Advisory Committee (MLE DAC) meeting on Wednesday, March 23 from 5-6:30 p.m. At this month’s meeting:  Review and comment on student assessment results and family engagement efforts  Get to know a DPS Board Read More »

Join Us and Advocate for Black Families

Black Family Advisory Council

Join the Black Family Advisory Council

Join the Black Family Advisory Council to be a voice for Black Families in DPS. Participating in the council gives you a unique opportunity to advocate on behalf of students and families and elevate the needs you are hearing from community members to district leadership.

Sign up to join BFAC today! Students, parents, educators, family and community members of Black dps students are able to join! Being Black is not required.

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Advocate for Black Families

Black Family Advisory Council needs you to help us address the DPS Board of Education! It is through these meetings that BFAC will be able to hold DPS publicly accountable to the needs in the Black community. Each meeting, we need 3-4 people to address the Board. BFAC will work with you on what to say and stand with you while you speak, you are not alone. Help us be the change!

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BFAC with Dr. Alex Marrero

About the Black Family Advisory Council

Agendas and minutes are added to the Google Folder. Read the Black Family Advisory Council Bylaws.

Chair: Tiffany Grays 

“I am a proud single Black mother of a proud Black DPS student at Strive Rise in the Far Northeast, an Aurora, Colorado native, and both thrilled and honored to be the BFAC 21-22 Chair. I’m serving to better my community by improving the education system for all Blacks through partnerships, action, and accountability. 

I am with BFAC because both my child and I have experienced being treated badly because of the color of our skin in the school system, only learning about Black history one month a year and about the same historical figures, and being denied equitable opportunities that close systematic gaps. I am here because this must change. The time is now as COVID has only widened the educational gaps Black children have consistently contended with for centuries.  I stand alongside you as we work to make the equitable improvements our Black kids need today.”

Tiffany Grays

Secretary: Codie Egart 

“My name is Codie Egart, I am a mother of two DPS students and Co-founder of Greater Denver CARES Mentoring Movement. I am also a product of DPS.  The reason I became a member of BFAC is because as a parent and community member it is important that I do my part to ensure that the needs of Black Scholars are being met. BFAC has made a space for Black voices to come together and effect change in our school system. Power, collaboration and action is what BFAC is and I am excited to be a part of this organization.”

Vice Chair: Sophia Cocas

“I am Sophia Cocas, I am a 4th generation Denver native and DPS allum. I have 3 kiddos in DPS in three different locations across Denver. As a professional I am a business consultant for small businesses. As a Criminologist, I am vested in disrupting the steady flow of black children out of the criminal justice system. Over the past 10 years my little family has experienced many frustrations, setbacks, and isolating situations inside these classroom walls. As parents, we have had to go above and beyond to ensure that they are receiving every opportunity to excel and succeed in the Denver Public Schools System with very little support. I joined BFAC because I am committed to ensuring that this road has a black community with support, guidance, and focuses on the advancement of the educational system in the black community.