Since the release of our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEISJ) Plan, we have been gratified by the engagement of our community, with many offering significant praise for our efforts and a few asking important questions regarding our direction and what implementation will look like. We want to share responses to these questions as directly as possible here.
Let us begin with the words of our alma mater: “Change not thy values formed.” While our DEISJ Plan does call for us to revisit the Core Value of Diversity to be sure it reflects the goals of the Plan, our Mission and Core Values of Character, Educational Vigor, and Community remain unchanged. We see the work on which we have been embarked for many years now as actually being driven by our existing values. Our most recent effort, described in our DEISJ Plan, seeks to ensure that our school is living out the promise of our Mission and Core Values every day for every member of our community. There has been no turning to the left or to the right; rather, there has been a steady incremental process that began several decades ago. If you have not had a chance to hear from our Board Chair, Kate (Poppenberg ’82) Pigman, on our proud history, please take a moment to view the first part of this video on the right which introduced the community to our plan in April.
The questions below are ones that members of the community have asked in one form or another. We hope the responses are helpful.