MARGARET CHADWICK, 1963 

 

A strong feeling of belonging to each other and of belonging to the whole family of man develops, and once a child has grasped the concept of ‘we’ as meaning ‘old and young, rich and poor, of every color and all nations,’ he has found himself at home in the world.

Welcome from the Director

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are more than just catchwords at Chadwick. Through our academic curriculum, affinity groups, faculty and parent education, and individual student support, Chadwick affirms and values multiple social identifiers. We accomplish our DEI goals by sharing best practices in diversity work, engaging in courageous conversations and continuously learning about identity and social justice — whether students, families, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees or alumni.

In the Village School, the DEI efforts are coordinated by an Equity and Inclusion Liaison who also serves as a classroom teacher. In the Middle and Upper Schools, the DEI efforts are led by the Director in collaboration with Division Directors, Assistant Division Directors, Head Advisors, the Dean of Students, and other faculty and staff.

The DEI office is located in Leavenworth Library and is open to all students, families, faculty and staff. It is Chadwick’s philosophy that the work of diversity, equity and inclusion is a shared partnership and responsibility among the entire community. 

Warmly,

Ricco Siasoco
Director of Equity and Inclusion

Chadwick School

What is an affinity group?

An Affinity Group is a group of people who share a similar identity. Although members of the group may have a common identity, it does not mean that everyone in the group has had the same experiences. Rather, the group is a place for reflection, dialogue and support, and it ultimately strengthens ties within the community. Facilitating positive identity exploration is central to creating an inclusive and thriving community. 

Everyday Examples

An affinity group brings together people who have something important in common — perhaps ability, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or another trait. Other everyday examples of affinity groups include:

- An academic department meeting
- A religious congregation
- A neighborhood association
- A sports league by gender 
- A family group comprised of LGBTQ+ parents

Why do schools offer affinity groups?

- To acknowledge and bridge the cultural gap between multiple worlds that students navigate
- To give students the chance to be in a majority setting
- To focus on who is in the room (not who isn’t in the room)
- To give students the opportunity to talk about their identity for their own needs, rather than the needs of the community
- To create leadership opportunities for students

2018-2019 Affinity Groups*

Asian American Affinity Group

The goal of the Asian American affinity group is to create a space for Asian Americans to bring out their authentic selves.

Student leaders: Emily Shaw, Christy Yoon and Austin Kim

Faculty advisors: Dr. Pangilinan and Mr. Siasoco

Black Student Union

The Black Student Union provides a safe space for Black students to create community, voice their opinions and gain racial awareness. We hope to create a space of inclusion for students who may feel excluded in their daily space and promote diversity and inclusion on Chadwick's campus.

Student leaders: Kaylen Chase, Duke Lindsey and Mia Muoneke

Faculty advisor: Ms. Stallworth

Chadwick Christian Affinity Group

Our mission is to encourage dialogue about the walk of life as a Christian, helping us to discover how to better walk together with self-sacrificing hearts and minds controlled by love.

Student leaders: Lauren Brandmeyer and Morgan Brandmeyer

Faculty advisor: Mr. Zachos

Chadwick Jewish Affinity Group

Chadwick Jewish Affinity Group wants to help people discuss Jewish culture, foods, holidays and other topics. We hope to make a space where Jews and non-Jews alike can appreciate Jewish customs and discuss the culture.

Student leaders: Harrison Lennertz, Jacob Heisler and Eitan Mirovski

Faculty advisor: Mrs. Levy

Latinos Unidos

We hope to create a space for self-identifying Latinx people to learn more about who we are as a people and what role we play at Chadwick. We hope to have discussions on a diverse range of topics, such as what is occurring in our home countries, the political climate here in the United States, the struggle of being a first-generation student, and any other topics that can be applied to a person of Hispanic/Latinx heritage.

Student leaders: Evelyn Cortez, Jasmine Amaral and Elmer Castillo

Faculty Advisors: Mr. Morales and Mrs. Nevarez

Multiracial Affinity Group

Many multi-ethnic youth grapple with "racial imposter syndrome," in which they feel inauthentic in some aspect of their racial or ethnic heritage. When Chadwick affinity groups assemble, many multi-ethnic students feel especially that they do not belong. The Multiracial Affinity Group aims to combat this phenomenon and bring into the limelight some much-needed discourse on the struggles of straddling multiple often-clashing cultures.

Student leader: Mia Felt

Faculty advisors: Mr. Cass, Mr. Bloom and Ms. Dryden

Safe Space

The goal for Safe Space is to provide a safe place for LGBT+ and questioning individuals to discuss their identities and their personal experiences being a member or questioning member of the LGBT+ community. Safe Space also aims to provide advice for those struggling with their identities and provide a welcoming environment for everyone in the community.

Student leaders: Francesca DeGiorgio and Sarah Sherman

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Johnson and Dr. Pangilinan

Jubilee

An open affinity group, Jubilee welcomes students with a shared interest in gospel music and African American history and culture. Jubilee is an important student activity within the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Department at Chadwick.

Student leaders: Elizabeth Davis, Mia Muoneke and Harrison Lennertz

Faculty advisors: Mr. Bloom and Mr. Siasoco

Jubilee Singers

Formed in the fall of 2016, Jubilee Singers is a gospel choir that celebrates and honors black music and culture through vocal performance. Featuring music from the African diaspora, its musical selections continue to address social justice issues. Jubilee aims to develop a space of empathy, equity, understanding and growth, building character and cultural competence through discussion and collaboration. It strives to broaden the perspective of its individuals and of its community, seeking out performance and volunteer opportunities both at Chadwick and beyond.

In its first two years, Jubilee Singers has:

  • Performed two major concerts, People Get Ready and Ride On
  • Collaborated with visiting vocal groups from Uganda and the UK
  • Led workshops with students at International Peace Day
  • Performed with the Dance Company as the opening act at the 2017 People of Color/Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Anaheim

Diversity Dialogues

Diversity Dialogues are informal community conversations around topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Discussion topics have included "Activism in Sports" and the "Migrant Caravan." These important discussions provide an opportunity for sharing of diverse perspectives and respectful conversation around current events in the news.  

Chadwick School Diversity Statement

Our founder Margaret Chadwick's insight into the makeup of an ideal learning experience was far ahead of its time and is chronicled in her book A Dipperful of Humanity — The Chadwick Adventure in Education. Chadwick School sustains and seeks to expand Mrs. Chadwick’s remarkable vision by developing and enhancing in our students the knowledge, skills and empathic orientation required to understand multiple perspectives and to thrive and lead in an increasingly interconnected world.

To further Chadwick's Core Values

Chadwick School has a clear imperative to honor its core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion and fairness by providing an atmosphere that embraces diversity and models inclusiveness.  We do this in a way that acknowledges race, gender, economic background, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability, family structure, national origin and religious belief, both in lived experience and curricular material.

To Provide an Exceptional Educational Experience

Chadwick is committed to providing the highest quality education, an endeavor that requires a diverse and inclusive environment.  Our culture of active inquiry and open discussion promotes students’ ability to discern both shared and divergent values and sensibilities, while always using the Core Values as a compass to understand local and global perspectives.  Chadwick students will learn to engage and communicate across differences, to challenge stereotypes and to find, understand and respect commonalities among individuals of all backgrounds.

To Prepare Our Students for a Closely Connected World

Chadwick students will be led on a journey of self-discovery. The lived experience of Chadwick students, both inside and outside the classroom, prepares them to engage and thrive as leaders by example in the world. Through our learning environment and in all of our programs, students experience the important dynamic between individuality and social responsibility.

Chadwick is committed to:

  • Intentionally seeking Margaret Chadwick’s “dipperful of humanity” by enrolling a student body that represents a broad range of cultural, ethnic, racial, religious and economic backgrounds, and hiring a diverse faculty and administration that provides positive role models across identities.
  • Appointing a Board of Trustees from a broad range of cultural, ethnic, racial, religious and economic backgrounds to ensure multiple perspectives.
  • Training faculty to recognize and understand the variety of needs among the student body and helping them to create inclusive environments that maximize the positive possibilities that come with having a truly diverse student population.
  • Providing effective orientation, support and retention of students, faculty, administrators, staff, parents and trustees, by recognizing the variety of needs among our community members.
  • Providing a wide range of possibilities for students to experience the world, including those that arise from having campuses on two continents.

Upcoming DEI Events

Jan. 7, 2019 — DEI Professional Development Day for Faculty, Staff and Administrators

The DEI Planning Committee has put together an exciting program of faculty/staff-led workshops and professional learning. The theme for the day will be "Equitable Practices, Inclusive Campus."

Feb. 3, 2018 — Jubilee Singers Concert

All are welcome!

Community BBQ: 12 p.m., Main Lawn
Jubilee Concert: 1 p.m., Rosenwald Amphitheater

*Please note, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly that was originally scheduled for Jan. 16 will be incorporated into the Jubilee Concert.

Feb. 13, 2019 — Chadwick Diversity Week

Speakers: Affinity Groups, DEI Planning Committee

April 2019 — Spring Families of Color Event

All are welcome!

May 2019 — DEI End-of-Year Banquet

All are welcome!

DEI Contacts

Ricco Siasoco
Director of Equity and Inclusion
rsiasoco@chadwickschool.org
310.377.4008

Sovie Chhin
Equity and Inclusion Liaison (Village School)
schhin@chadwickschool.org
310.377.4037

 

*Additional affinity groups as requested.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion