Round Rock Black Parents Association is a community engagement and empowerment network that unifies, mobilizes and uplifts Black parents, students, educators, and stakeholders.
Round Rock Black Parents Association
When a 14 year old Black student was choke-slammed by a school resource officer, Black parents in our community had experienced enough. We began to organize and attend board meetings demanding accountability for the actions of the district. Parents again organized around the repeated use of the n-word on campuses followed by a letter to the Board of Trustees to address the poor outcomes for Black students in Round Rock ISD.
We have since grown into a strong grass-roots organization that has partnered with other community activists, organizers, non-profits, and businesses to advocate for equity within the greater Austin area. We aim to educate each other and our community around racial and educational equity through our partnerships as well as unify and empower parents to be leaders within their schools. We believe that parent involvement goes beyond the walls of a classroom and invite educators to share in our vision of reimagining the role of parents.
Meet Our Leadership
Keiawnna Pitts is a community activist and mother of 4. She is a member of the Round Rock ISD Equity Task Force, Undoing Racism Round Rock and Engage Round Rock. Keiawwna spends her time making community connections and advocating as a parent of Black Students. She is a graduate of the 2018 class of Leadership Round Rock.
Natosha is a mother of 3, an Assistant Principal in Round Rock ISD, a New Leader's Council Fellow, and is pursuing her PhD in Educational Policy and Planning. She has taught for 15 years in a variety of subjects K-12, including special education. She has served as a professional development facilitator for Leadership Series, as well as the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teachers. Natosha sponsored the Black Student Union at Hernandez Middle School and helped incorporate the BSU at Early College High School. As a member of Round Rock Black Parents, Undoing Racism Round Rock, and the Round Rock ISD Equity Task Force she is passionate about increasing racial and educational equity and improving outcomes for students while working to dismantle institutionalized racism.
Tiffanie Harrison is an Equity Leader and Board of Trustee in Round Rock ISD. She has both an MBA and undergraduate degree from Baylor University. Entrepreneurship and dance are two of Tiffanie’s lifelong passions and she started her own choreography business at only 16 years old. She is a two-time Teacher of the Year at Round Rock High School. Tiffanie has towards racial and educational equity for RRISD through her work as a ’17-’18 Guild Fellow in partnership with IDEO and The Teacher’s Guild. She is a founding sponsor of the Black Student Union at Round Rock High School which has since grown to encompass multiple chapters across the Round Rock Independent School District. Tiffanie also collaborates with community organizations like Undoing Racism Round Rock, Engage Round Rock and the Round Rock Black Parents Association.
Tiffanie’s personal life mission is to promote inclusion, diversity and understanding while working toward eliminating bias, bigotry and oppression her commUNITY.