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 Interim Director

I am truly humbled and honored to be stepping into the role of Interim Director of DEI for the 2020-2021 school year. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are deeply ingrained in the ethos of Margaret Chadwick, our founder, who believed in a school community that reflects a “dipperful of humanity” in which “the winds that blow so vigorously across our beautiful acres will one day sweep away all prejudices.” We continue to aspire for this idealized vision while recognizing the essential work to be done and actions still to be taken to create a more equitable and inclusive Chadwick for our entire community. During this long-awaited moment in our nation when we are confronting injustice and racism with a heightened urgency and renewed commitment to equity for all, Chadwick’s participation in this movement is paramount and DEI will be a central lens in all that we do. 

This commitment to DEI is a collaboration and a partnership among our administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, the board, and alumni. Equity work must be prioritized and personal to all of us. As we confront our opportunities for growth and aspire to progress further, we all must participate in blowing those winds of change across our campus toward a more equitable community.

Warmly,

David Bloom
Interim Director of Diversity, 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

Affinity Groups*

Jubilee Singers

Formed in the fall of 2016, Jubilee Singers is Chadwick's gospel choir that celebrates and honors black music and culture through vocal ensemble performance. Featuring music from the African diaspora — including protest songs, jubilees, spirituals, and contemporary and traditional gospel —its musical selections continue to address social justice issues.

In addition to musical exploration, Jubilee aims to develop a space of empathy, equity, understanding and growth. With that in mind, Jubilee will at times be responsive and reactive to the world around us, building character and cultural competence through discussion and collaboration. It strives to broaden the perspective of its individuals and community, seeking out performance and volunteer opportunities on the Chadwick campus and in the surrounding communities 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. All students are welcomed to join!

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

Questions about Jubilee Singers should be directed to Mr. David Bloom at dbloom@chadwickschool.org

Excerpt from a Julbilee Singers Concert

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.

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.

DEI Events 

Please check back soon for updates on future events. 

DEI Contacts

David Bloom
Interim Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
dbloom@chadwickschool.org

*Additional affinity groups as requested.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion