Diversity and Equity
Village School honors all aspects of the human experience. Education and brain development research have shown that when students feel safe and appreciated in a classroom, learning and memory flourish. In tandem with this, a school climate in which the human experience is appreciated and celebrated also allows all students to grow academically and emotionally.
This acceptance allows Village School students to bring the best version of themselves onto our campus every day. When students are appreciated for their authentic selves, nothing prevents achievement. This builds confidence in each student as well as an awareness that other people are equally deserving of respect. Going into their future armed with not only academic strength but also cultural strength ensures all of our students will thrive and succeed.
Our students’ future will be one of nonstop collaborating, connecting across boundaries and working with people of various beliefs, thoughts, abilities, and backgrounds. Therefore, today Village School is providing our students with classroom experiences, school wide assemblies, and special events to enhance their cultural competence in preparation for their upcoming world
Village School is committed to fostering a community that honors the diversity of the human experience. We believe race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, and socioeconomic status to be examples of what constitutes diversity in our community. We are devoted to cultivating and sustaining a safe environment that empowers individuals and groups to celebrate their culture, heritage and identity. Through affirmation and education, we strive to build and support an open and inclusive community dedicated to the principle of respect.
Long Range Strategic Plan Objectives
Village School is firmly committed to diversity in order to provide a dynamic and fulfilling educational experience. The school’s objectives in providing a multicultural education are to foster mutual respect and create a community of inclusivity and acceptance. The school values the richness brought about by the recognition of differences and the discoveries of commonality. Village School seeks families, faculty, staff and administrators who share and reflect its values.
Our goal is to foster inclusivity by supporting increased diversity and a multicultural curriculum through the following means:
- Encourage support for an inclusive community that embraces Village School’s commitment to diversity
- Continue to identify ways to attract a more diverse student population
- Continue to develop and employ strategies to attract administrators, faculty, staff and trustees that reflect the diversity Village School strives to represent.
- Utilize Village School’s multicultural curriculum to foster awareness of and appreciation for inclusivity and diversity among students.
- Communicate to the broader community Village School’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity, reinforcing that this is central to preparing students for life in a dynamic global environment.
Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity (CODI)
CODI is a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees comprised of board members, faculty, administrators, and parents. CODI focuses on ways to promote and cultivate diversity within the parent community.
On Campus Events
We were fortunate to have, Lucy Meyer, a special Olympics gold medalist and UNICEF Ambassador, share some of her Special Olympics athletic experience with us during a recent assembly. Many parents attended and, like our students, enjoyed meeting Lucy and learning more about her many accomplishments.
As part of our Great Minds speaker series, the Committee on Inclusivity and Diversity (CODI) invited Robert Greene to speak to parents about Raising Our Children to be Culturally Competent Leaders. Robert Greene, senior consultant and leadership coach with JONES, joined us for a discussion on preparing children for 21st century success through the application of cultural competency skills and principles.
Village School held a special assembly, open to both students and parents, honoring the life of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The assembly featured presenter Carl Brown, who introduced students to Dr. King through story-telling and oration. Mr. Brown traveled through time highlighting the important characters and events surrounding Dr. King’s life.
Village School hosted a special assembly featuring Bollywood Dancing by the Lunasha Dance Company. Bollywood Dance is just a small part of the rich Indian culture, and we were excited to learn more about this unique dance tradition as we hear about the history of the dances and costumes and how it ties in with the culture of India.
Alison Park, a renowned consultant from Blink Consulting, spoke with faculty, administrators, and board members to help further our strategic growth with relation to diversity, inclusivity, and multiculturalism. Ms. Park is a professional development speaker who brings years of experience as an educator and facilitator in the area of multicultural training on diversity and inclusion.