Program Overview

Lower School

Developmental goal: to build in students an awareness of and acknowledgement for difference.

What This Means:

  • Introducing students to historical figures from different backgrounds
  • Helping students discover and investigate the beauty of different skin tones, family structures, religions, learning styles and abilities

Examples of How This Is Accomplished:

  • A parent presentation on Diwali during chapel
  • A parent speaking to class on alopecia
  • Readings and chapel talks by various faculty and staff members

 

 Middle School

Developmental goal:  to continue building awareness for and acknowledgement of difference but with an intentional shift to identity development and the formation of empathy.

What This Means:

  • Helping students discover how diversity – their own or in those around them – impacts them personally
  • Developing within students a sense of responsibility to act with empathy and foster effective relationships within the Parish community

Examples of How This Is Accomplished:

  • 3 day “Diversity 101” advisory programming led by Upper School students
    • 5th grade focus: The value of individual diversity
    • 6th grade focus: Fostering effective relationships: Become an Ally for the Bullied
    • 7th & 8th focus: What is diversity?
  • 2 advisory assemblies led by faculty members on ways to experience diversity
  • Chapel talks by various faculty and staff member

Upper School

Developmental goal:  While building of difference continues, students are challenged to orient their empathy and understanding beyond the internal campus community to issues of broader global significance.

What This Means:

  • Finding common ground among people within and beyond our community who have differences, especially those identified in our diversity statement
  • Helping students recognize and acknowledge how past stories – unique, particular, and sometimes painful – can inform our present perspectives on issues

Examples of How This Is Accomplished:

  • Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion in freshman seminar
  • 1, two hour Diversity session at Upper School Retreats on themes of identity development, implicit bias, privilege, marginalization
  • 3 day “Diversity 101” programming in advisory
  • US Diversity conference featuring presenters from organizations like Genesis Women’s Shelter & National Mental Health Alliance
  • Optional Lunchtime US Affinity Group Meetings (1 per trimester for 1 hour)
  • Chapel talks by guests homilists and Parish faculty/staff