Equity and 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 Equity and Inclusion 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.
Nadia Johnson, Director of Equity and Inclusion
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.