Commit to examining and addressing our individual, collective, and institutional biases and to remain vigilant in the pursuit of equity and justice in our school.
antiracism requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, How to be an antiracist
At Park, we deeply value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we are committed to being an antiracist school and community. Every day, we strive to teach students to reach beyond themselves, to respect the dignity of all people, and to fully embrace these values as they navigate an increasingly complex world.
As a community of diverse races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds united by a shared mission, we strive to meet our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism, and we recognize, as Dr. Ibram X. Kendi writes, antiracism is a journey that “requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.” Therefore, we dedicate ourselves as a school community to openly confront discord and examine the individual and collective assumptions and biases that arise in the classroom, the School, and our community.
As we work to achieve these aspirations, we pursue this commitment through our leadership, curriculum, programs, practices, and in every aspect of our community and culture. Together, we will work to ensure that all members of the Park community — families, students, employees, and alumni — feel a deep sense of belonging.
On September 29, 2020, The Park School Board of Trustees approved and endorsed Park’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Implementation Plan, the result of a yearlong collaboration amongst trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and families. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan is grounded in the findings of the 2018 NAIS Quantitative Assessment of Inclusion and Multiculturalism and the 2019 Diversity Directions Qualitative Assessment of School Climate for Multiculturalism and Inclusion.
The Plan is an active, living document to guide the School community as it seeks to meet its values and commitments with action and will be guided by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Implementation Plan Steering Committee co-chaired by the Head of School and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and composed of trustees, administrators, faculty & staff, and parents.
The Implementation Plan engages every segment of school life. Actions will be implemented starting this year in each of the areas defined below.
Create an environment of justice and learning for all students, and prepare our students to be active citizens in the world we aspire to create.
Value the dignity of all members of our community and commit to creating a strong sense of belonging in all classrooms.
Foster a true sense of belonging and justice for all in the daily life of the school.
Amplify the voices of historically marginalized people in our community and embed our systems with consideration of the needs of all.
On April 14, Scott Young and Connie Yepez presented an update to the community on the work underway in support of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Implementation Plan.
Alile Eldridge will become Park’s next Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on July 1, 2021.
This year, Park launched an affinity group program with the hope of engaging families across the Park community in thoughtful conversation and connection. Created in partnership with the Parents’ Association, the program seeks to bring together community members who share common backgrounds and lived experiences.
The launch of Park’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Implementation Plan represents months of collaboration between administration, faculty, staff, and parents centered on ensuring that, as a community of diverse races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds united by a shared mission, we strive to meet our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism.
The Park School Board of Trustees is actively committed to advancing the School’s work in fostering an anti-racist educational community. Among the Board’s leading priorities this year is supporting and monitoring the DEI Implementation Plan through targeted board development work and also through membership on the DEIIP Steering Committee. In addition, working with the Head of School and the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Board will draft and publish an equity and inclusion values statement clearly articulating the School’s commitment to anti-racism.
Park has created a Steering Committee to help support and monitor the DEI Implementation Plan and timeline, and support efforts to communicate progress. The Steering Committee is composed of members of the current campus community drawn from Park administration, faculty, staff, parents, and members of the Board of Trustees.
Establish a SEED workshop to support parents & guardians in their exploration of identity & equity.
Install gender neutral signage for all single occupant restrooms across campus.
Rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day on school calendar.
Establish Asian Affinity and Alliance Group for Upper Division students.
Initiate partnership with VISIONS, Inc. for consistent delivery of DEI-related professional development for faculty & staff.
Establish a dedicated fund to support faculty & staff of color to attend the NAIS People of Color Conference.