Diversity & Inclusion
“We believe in developing within our students an ability to appreciate and value the differences among people in our school community, as well as those in the larger world around us.”
–Excerpt from Providence Day School Core Values
The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Education supports and fosters a school community that reflects the increasing diversity in our nation and the world, comprised of dynamic individuals with rich culture, religion, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, countries of origin, language, and other cultural identifiers that add to the strength of our community. We are committed to actively cultivating an inclusive environment that champions difference while highlighting our similarities through dialogue and curriculum. It is through this exchange of world views and experiences that our community gains a better understanding of the values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of each of our members that contribute to and enrich our collective identity.
Diversity Statement (established May 2010)
Providence Day School inspires our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents to be part of a diverse and global community.
By creating and sustaining an educational environment that is intentionally inclusive, we define diversity as central to our success and essential to our mission and curriculum.
Our community values diversity that embraces the acceptance and respect of others. Providence Day School understands that valuing diversity is the key to Global Citizenship.
What We Believe:
- We believe it is important to accept and respect differences in ability, age, country of origin, culture, ethnicity, gender, learning styles, nationality, physical attributes, race, religious conviction, sexual orientation, social circumstance, and socio-economic position.
- We believe it is important, through our educational philosophy, curriculum, policies, and practices, to work toward eliminating issues of inequity that arise from ignorance and intolerance.
- We believe it is important to foster an environment that nurtures and affirms the different needs of every child and adult.
- We believe it is important to hold each other accountable by promptly addressing bias, bullying, harassment, targeting and stereotyping within our community.
- We believe in a school community that is a model of inclusiveness for all that we do.
Families of Cultural Understanding in Schools (FOCUS) is a social networking group dedicated to supporting diverse families in the Providence Day community.
Multicultural Advisory Board
Established in 2004, the Multicultural Task Force is a group comprised of faculty, staff, and parents, whose goal is to assist the school in educating, recruiting, retaining, and supporting families and faculty of diverse backgrounds.
Black Student Union (BSU)
BSU seeks to unite the PDS community in creating a supportive space to celebrate black history and culture.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
a national organization that seeks to encourage student-athletes in their faith. One does not have to be a Christian nor athlete to attend the meetings. Members speak on Christian principles that will challenge students to compete and live lives of high integrity and character.
Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
a human rights and civil discourse club highlighting LGTBQ harassment and gender equality. This club is a safe space for responsible dialogue on matters of social justice and equity.
Girls Who Code
The Girls Who Code club aims to promote girls in computer science. Members are challenged to learn the basics of programming while engaging in club activities that explore the various computer programming languages.
Providence Day School's GirlUp club is part of global network of GirlUp clubs organized by the United Nations throughout the world. Each month, PDS's GirlUp club focuses on a different challenge girls face around the world ranging from media representation to human trafficking. Throughout the year, the club hosts multiple fundraisers to support scholarships for our pen pals in Belize, human trafficking survivors in our own community, and other projects organized by the UN that pertain to our monthly focus areas.
Hebrew Culture Club
Hebrew Culture Club exists so that PDS students can discuss local and global events pertaining to the Jewish people and the state of Israel, along with the recognition and celebration of Jewish holidays and important Jewish dates. Members of all races, faiths, and beliefs are invited and encouraged to attend the meetings.
Students Promoting Equity Awareness and Knowledge (SPEAK)
a club that celebrates the differences among students while creating a culture of respect and understanding for all students and staff members.