Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Implementation Plan

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.

Governance & Leadership

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.

Curriculum & Program

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.

Community & Culture

Foster a true sense of belonging and justice for all in the daily life of the school. ​​​​​​​

Systems & Policies

Amplify the voices of historically marginalized people in our community and embed our systems with consideration of the needs of all.

Implementation Progress

Establish a SEED workshop to support parents & guardians in their exploration of identity & equity.

Fall 2020

Install gender neutral signage for all single occupant restrooms across campus.

Summer 2020

Rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day on school calendar.

Winter 2020

Establish Asian Affinity and Alliance Group for Upper Division students.

Fall 2019

Initiate partnership with VISIONS, Inc. for consistent delivery of DEI-related professional development for faculty & staff.

Summer 2019

Establish a dedicated fund to support faculty & staff of color to attend the NAIS People of Color Conference.

Fall 2017