Equity & Inclusion

Students participating in a seminar discussion in English class

Whitfield's Statement on Diversity and 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.

Statement on Diversity & 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 Diversity & Inclusion does not define the kind of diversity we seek or attempt to enumerate its many possible manifestations. The decision to avoid this level of specificity was purposeful so not to limit the definition to its most obvious and typical applications.

We believe that diversity refers to the various types of people who compose our school community, people whose differences are sometimes outwardly apparent and sometimes not. Inclusion, on the other hand, refers to the school’s practices, policies, and activities which ensure that all of us derive the maximum knowledge and benefit from our shared experience.

We strive to provide our students with the very best preparation for life and work in the 21st century. And the goal for our children must not simply be a “level of comfort” with the various kinds of people they will encounter in the years ahead; they must also be able to appreciate, respect, and benefit from the manifold viewpoints such people represent.

I would describe the Whitfield community to an outsider as a place where you can feel comfortable and included. Speaking to students, teachers and parents, you instantly feel a part of the community. Diversity isn’t only embraced but expected in the Whitfield community. ZOË GOFFE '21

Equity 

Equity exists 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.

Inclusiveness

Inclusiveness means 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. 

Resources

Click the button below to access myriad resources compiled by Whitfield School administrators and faculty members to support the growth and understanding of our community. 

 

Resources for our Community

OUR COMMUNITY BY THE NUMBERS

38%

Students of Color

8%

Faculty of Color

6%

International Students

62

Zip codes represented by current students

EQUITY & INCLUSION INITIATIVES

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."