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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Curriculum

In addition to a multicultural curriculum which both exposes students to a broad range of historical and cultural experiences and emphasizes the importance of multiple perspectives, our program includes a thoughtful and intentional focus on social identity, social bias, and social justice. In developmentally appropriate ways from the earliest age, students are engaged in activities, conversation, and reflection on concepts such as same and different, empathy, critical reasoning, bias, stereotypes, prejudice, personal responsibility, and social action. Committed to supporting the growth of the whole child and to nurturing their social/emotional development, we believe that equipping students with the skills to understand themselves and others and to develop the capacity for empathy is of the utmost importance.

Student Affinity Groups

Supervised by faculty members and coordinated by the Assistant Head and the DEI Advocate, Upper School affinity groups are scheduled on a monthly basis. These groups currently include Equity and Social Justice (ESJ), Students of Color (SOC), and a group dedicated to community service initiatives, Friends in our Community (FIOC). Affinity groups offer opportunities for students to explore issues related to equity, identity, and community service. As needed, resources for younger children may also be made available.

Adult Affinity Groups

As defined by the National Association of Independent Schools, “the term affinity group refers to a gathering of people who share something important in common, from age to learning style, from race/ethnicity to commitment to charitable causes.” Although interest in particular affinity groups varies from year to year, the school remains available to support such interest whenever it arises.  Groups that have drawn interest in prior years include CHAT (Chestnut Hill Adoption Thread), FOCUS (Families of Color United for Success), and the LGBTQ Alliance (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer).

SEED: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity

Under the direction of the DEI Advocate and trained faculty facilitators, the school actively supports the National SEED Project for Inclusive Curriculum that was developed at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. In addition to a group for teachers and staff members, the school also offers a monthly SEED program for families.  Visit the National SEED Project http://nationalseedproject.org/

DEI Advocate

The DEI Advocate serves as a resource to all school constituencies and provides support and education for the full incorporation of equity and inclusivity into educational programming, community life, and institutional practice. Serving both as consultant and counselor, the DEI Advocate facilitates thinking about identity development, equity and social justice, inclusive community-building, cultural competence, and social/emotional health. The DEI advocate provides ongoing professional development to faculty and staff in this area.