Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Vision Statement:
Bennett Day School is a community made up of individuals and families who are diverse in race, religion, age, ability, gender, socio-economics, LGBTQIA+, ethnicity, nationality, cultures, and other identities. Our inclusive school population inspires students, faculty, staff, and families to develop a habit of mind for many perspectives different from their own.
Bennett Day School values and embraces the identities of our community. We foster a sense of belonging. We commit to knowing every person in our community for who they are and what they contribute. This understanding drives our social and civic engagement and our commitment to becoming active citizens in our community. Our curriculum and programming supports our community as we develop awareness and respect for similarities and differences of others. As Bennett Day community members, we will take courageous action to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the world around us.
Email Bennett Day School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advocacy Team (DAT).
Doing the Work
School is not an inanimate, fixed place; It’s an adapting, evolving space for ideas, discourse, and connection. We know that engaging in conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) only strengthens our community. It is through this meaningful work that we build trust and understanding.
Through multicultural education, our teachers strive to acknowledge and affirm the different learning styles and cultural backgrounds represented in their classroom and community. In this environment, students are encouraged to explore their own identities, consider different perspectives, and engage in critical conversations.
We intentionally choose curricula, projects, and accompanying materials and texts that provide our students with windows into differing cultures, perspectives, and experiences, and mirrors that reflect their own.
Outside of the classroom, Bennett parents/guardians, faculty members, and students have many opportunities to continue this work together.
Examples of this include:
- The National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)
- Student, Faculty, and Parent/Guardian Affinity Groups
- DEI-focused Book Clubs
- DEI-focused Professional Development
Resource Guide: Black Lives Matter
The past few months have been extremely painful for our entire country, but especially for Black people and People of Color. The recent killing of George Floyd by a police officer following those of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Elijah McClain joins a list of Black people whose deaths compound a long and consistent history of systemic abuse, oppression, and intolerance.
People are facing frustration, exhaustion, disillusionment, and a sense of helplessness.
We are also aware that action is overdue both in our country and our community. As a school community, we are compelled to provide resources to take action, to care for vulnerable members, and to promote an antiracist community. This is work we must commit to, and do together, now and in the years to come.
Every single one of us must act to dismantle systemic racism. We must challenge the racism embedded in our culture by engaging in conversations with each other, our students, and our families. These conversations may be challenging and uncomfortable to initiate or respond to. The feelings of discomfort and outrage are necessary to incite social change. It is our hope that the resources we have compiled will guide you in your growth, self-care, and allyship.
The Bennett Day Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force wants to provide support and resources with hopes to bring understanding, healing, and recovery. This resource guide is meant to act as a resource for all members of our community–for educators, and parents; for those learning about the plight of racist structures in our society and those with firsthand experience. This will be a living document where Bennett Day staff, faculty, and families can come find tools for self-care, reflection, and learning. The list is not exhaustive but it is a beginning. If you have questions or have additional resources to share on this document please email DEITaskForce@BennettDay.org.
Yours in solidarity,
The DEI Task Force
Resource Guide Contents:
- Become an Ally: What You Can Do Now
- Resources for Educators
- Resources for Families
- Social-Emotional Strategies for Processing Events
- Definitions & Terms
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advocacy Team (DAT) Chairs:
Building Inclusive Community