Diversity and Inclusivity
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.
This month’s CODI (Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity) board focusing on Disaster Relief and How We Can Help. Inclusivity, diversity and acceptance have taken on a greater meaning as we consider the recent natural disasters that affected parts of our world. As we know, conversations about diversity and inclusion aren’t only about the ability to share our stories, but it also offers the opportunity for us to listen to someone else’s story. This allows us to move forward into the world with greater compassion and understanding, particularly in times of crisis when people’s basic needs are at stake. It is at these times when our values of inclusivity and compassion drive us to come together and assist those in need.
The recent hurricanes and earthquakes not only left widespread destruction in parts of the U.S. and its territories, Mexico, and many of the Caribbean Islands, but millions of people were left without food, clean drinking water, medical supplies and care, shelter, and power. Federal governments, disaster relief organizations, and average citizens helped provide these basic necessities immediately to those in need. Now, as the floods subside and building rubble is removed, long-term disaster recovery efforts become just as important. These communities need continued help while they rebuild and recover, a process which will take months and likely years. This month’s CODI board highlights suggested ways our school community can help those affected by the recent natural disasters. A map of North and Central Americas is mounted on the board to show regions affected, in relationship to where our community is located. Keeping in mind the sensitive nature of this month’s theme, we chose appropriate before-and-after images of communities affected, aftermath photos, as well as images of volunteers providing disaster relief. We hope you can visit our board next time you’re on campus. It’s located outside the third grade classroom near the library.
Recent Events on Campus
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.