This week The Chestnut Hill School hosted the Parents Independent School Network (PIN) in a lively and informative discussion on the State of Diversity Education and Enrichment in our Schools. Dr. Carlos Hoyt, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advocate at CHS, invited participants to imagine shifting the discourse on diversity from identity politics silos to a comprehensive, inclusive, and collaborative understanding of social identity, social bias, and social justice.
The CHS DEI Curriculum Initiative was introduced as an example of efforts to create pedagogy that enables and empowers students to explore and embrace their whole “personhood”, while being aware of the ways in which personhood is assigned to social identity categories.
Dr. Hoyt highlighted the efforts of CHS teacher to infuse their teaching with material that provides mirrors for students of all backgrounds and windows into different ways of life. And he presented the seven strands of identity upon which the DEI Curriculum will focus:
Heritage, Physical Appearance, Ability, Gender and Sexual Orientation, Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Worldview.
The room buzzed with energy and excitement when Dr. Hoyt invited each table group to discuss the state of diversity education, and what parents hope their children are learning about this topic in this day and age.
Deb Bloomberg, a member of the CHS Support Team, summarized the meeting’s success. “Carlos highlighted the amazing work being done in our classrooms, and our ongoing commitment as a community to diversity, equity and justice. I felt really proud of CHS.”