Berkeley Hall School actively seeks a variety of perspectives and embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential. It is essential to create an environment that fosters openness and appreciation of the multiple dimensions of culture and identity. A commitment to this environment ensures that each member of a community
is respected, celebrated, appreciated, included, and valued. Diversity is the heart of who we are.
Equity includes conscious efforts to meet the needs of all members of a community. Students engaged and valued in an equitable way leads them to be active participants in a diverse democracy. Each student deserves complete access to all that a school offers to achieve excellence. There's a need to examine potential barriers to full participation and continually ask the question, “How can we do this better?”
Inclusion means creating an environment where all participants and constituents can be their best selves, irrespective of background, experience, and culture. It takes diligent work to maintain an inclusive community. This is done through a variety of measures, policies, and programs. This is done through curriculum—in what is taught and how it is taught. All of this is motivated by the understanding and knowledge that diversity is an essential element of our history, our present, and our future and deeply affects how we teach and how we learn.
Creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive school requires a multi-layered approach that involves our entire community. Together, we can help our students learn to live a life free of labels or limitations and with a selfless, universal love that embraces all humankind.