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.
Director of Equity and Inclusion
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.
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
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 on the Chadwick campus and in the surrounding community of Watts and greater Los Angeles. Jubilee is led by a student board including Co-Presidents Mia Muoneke and Lizzie Davis and Musical Leader Harrison Lennertz, under the faculty direction of Mr. David Bloom.
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 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 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.
*Additional affinity groups as requested.