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 staff members, Upper School affinity groups are scheduled on a regular 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 trained facilitators, the school actively supports the National SEED Project for Inclusive Curriculum that was developed at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and offers a monthly SEED program for families. Visit the National SEED Project at http://nationalseedproject.org/