De Smet African American Parents Council

Our mission is to provide a community for and enrich the overall experience of African American students and their families at De Smet, as well as to promote a greater understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion at De Smet. 

This is accomplished by working in conjunction with administrators to acclimate, inform, and support African American families at De Smet. The De Smet African American Parents Council (DAAP) will host a variety of events and will also invite guest speakers to monthly DAAP meetings to share information throughout the academic year. 

All African American families are automatically enrolled as members of DAAP and are encouraged to participate. To get involved or for more information, contact daap@desmet.org.   

2023-2024 Executive Board

  • President: Norma Jackson (Jayden '26)
  • Vice President: Lora Gulley (Caden ‘24)
  • Correspondence Secretary: Alicia Cunningham (Daveion '24)
  • Recording Secretary: Tamika Cole (Robbie '24)
  • Parent Liaison: Michelle Byas (EJ ‘23, Julian ‘24, Quincy '25)
  • Past President: Shonda Gray (Christian '23)

All DAAP events are open to the De Smet Jesuit community.

Why join DAAP?

  • To acclimate, inform, and support parents and guardians of African American students at De Smet.
  • To build community and connect with parents and guardians of African American students at De Smet.
  • To promote the participation of parents and guardians of African American students in De Smet Jesuit events.
  • To promote a greater understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion at De Smet.
  • To better support De Smet Black Student Union (BSU) initiatives.

De Smet African American Parents Council (DAAP) Events