We are committed to applying these concepts to our lives together because to do so is consistent with our mission and core values, and because we believe that the skills associated with them are closely linked to all of the other skills that are essential to a Stevenson education, such as critical thinking, listening and speaking, collaboration, citizenship, and leadership.
In September 2018, School leadership and the board of trustees identified the following commitments and goals as the central pillars of Stevenson’s current approach to this important work:
- Being guided by an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion that takes account of race, class, religion, gender, and sexuality diversity, physical and cognitive differences among people, and other relevant categories of difference as established by our non-discrimination policy and emergent educational best practices.
- Recruiting, orienting, and retaining employees and trustees from groups historically under-represented in independent schools.
- Recruiting, orienting, and retaining students from groups historically under-represented in independent schools, and providing appropriate support for families new to Stevenson and/or new to independent education.
- Providing support for faculty with respect to relevant curriculum design and advisory relationships.
- Developing an inclusive and transcultural curriculum across all divisions.
- Developing programs and events for employees, students, and parents; and material support for professional development workshops and programming for employees.
- Identifying and addressing systemic barriers embedded within policies, practices, programs, and services that inadvertently exclude individuals or groups owing to aspects of their identity.
- Assessing the true financial cost of students’ engagement in the Stevenson experience, and providing the resources required for students from families of limited means to participate equitably.
- Supporting student leadership and affinity groups.
- With the aforementioned points in mind, raising funds and allocating resources for employee recruitment and training, curriculum development, community programming, tuition, and non-tuition financial aid, consulting, and research.