Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Students participating in a seminar discussion in English class
Whitfield's Statement on Equity & Inclusion
At Whitfield School, we believe that valuing our differences helps us grow as individuals and strengthens our community as a whole. This belief guides our actions with regard to thought, choice, policy, practice, and behavior. As a community, we commit to a culture of active engagement in matters of equity and inclusion, with the goal of developing mindful individuals who participate in an increasingly complex and pluralistic world.
Whitfield's Statement on Equity & Inclusion was composed by a task force of current parents, alumni parents, teachers, administrators, and trustees and approved by the Board of Trustees in February 2015. The Board's official adoption of this statement represents a historic moment in Whitfield's institutional life and a clarification of an essential aspect of the school's mission. Following the 2015 Board of Trustees commissioned task force, the School then composed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council. Established in the summer of 2022, the DEI Council is comprised of administrators, faculty, staff, and students. They meet monthly to set and track progress on strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion related priorities.





Students of Color


Faculty of Color


International Students


Zip codes represented by current students


The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) defines equity as a condition that balances two dimensions: fairness and inclusion. As a function of fairness, equity implies ensuring that people have what they need to participate in school life and reach their full potential. Equitable treatment involves eliminating barriers that prevent the full participation of all individuals.  As a function of inclusion, equity ensures that essential educational programs, services, activities, and technologies are accessible to all.  Equity is not equality; it is the expression of justice, ethics, multi-partiality, and the absence of discrimination.


The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) defines inclusiveness as encompassing all; taking every individual’s experience and identity into account and creating conditions where all feel accepted, safe, empowered, supported, and affirmed. An inclusive school or organization expands its sense of community to include all; cultivating belonging and giving all an equal voice. 

Dr. Anna Warbelow

Director of Equity & Inclusion

"As our Diversity and Inclusion statement makes clear, diversity, equity, and inclusion are all important Whitfield values, essential to our mission. My position as Director of Equity & Inclusion (begun June '18 as result of the strategic plan) allows dedicated focus and support for these values. When I think about what an inclusive and equitable community looks like, I think of a place where all of us are welcomed, valued, and supported, and where we all have every opportunity to participate and to succeed. It is a place where we recognize that sometimes our differences give us certain advantages or disadvantages and that it is our responsibility as a community to be aware of that fact and to examine everything that we do in order to remove any barriers that prevent everyone from taking full advantage of the Whitfield experience."