Diversity and Inclusion

The Kilmer family.

A Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Frances and Kenton Kilmer, Green Hedges School’s founders, believed in creating a school where all children were equal. Throughout the School’s 78-year history, diversity, equity, and inclusion have been guiding principles in how we conduct ourselves as a community. To guide our work in this area, a DEI committee was formed in 2019 to:

  • Create an inclusive and equitable campus environment.
  • Recruit, retain, and develop a diverse campus (faculty, staff, and students).
  • Support curricula and teaching that advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Enhance accountability, effectiveness, and collaboration through the strategic use of DEI-related data in planning and assessments.

Out of the hard work of the committee also came a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Since its founding, Green Hedges School has always believed that each child’s journey is better and more nourished if, during these formative years, it takes place within a deeply-connected and diverse community. Such a community provides children a supportive, physically and emotionally safe environment where they become confident learners who take risks and actively engage in their world. Green Hedges is this community.

Community

Green Hedges School commits to diversity, equity, and inclusivity among its students, families, employees, trustees, and alumni. A broadly diverse community fosters empathy, enriches teaching and learning, and promotes intellectual excellence and strong character. We hold everyone in our school accountable for respecting the multitude of identities and perspectives and for promoting a safe and supportive school environment.

We are a diverse community committed to a unified vision – to inspire students to achieve their dreams and reach beyond themselves to make a difference in the world. We believe that in order to achieve this vision, our community must reflect the diversity of the greater world, including but not limited to diversity in socioeconomic status, family structure, race, ethnicity, religion, belief systems, learning abilities, gender, and sexual orientation.

Action

We invite our community to work together to create a climate of mutual respect. We lean into the sometimes complex and challenging conversations about inclusivity because we believe that the growth of a community and learner is continual, and striking a careful balance between individuality and community can be difficult work. We are committed to this ongoing and ever-changing process.

The DEI statement and the work of the committee will guide our work moving forward to support our students, faculty, and families. Racism, police brutality, and the unnecessary and tragic deaths of African American men solidify the fact that our DEI work is vital.  It falls on us as a school community to move out of our comfort zones and do the hard work of difficult conversations, understanding, and ultimately, allyship.

Please see Head of School Jennifer Bohnen’s Update from the Head of School on the work ahead of us in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Resources

Anti-racism Resources for White People: A compilation of resources for white people and parents to deepen our work in anti-racism.

Array Now: Started by Ava DuVernay, director of Now They See Us, this is a compilation of African American independent films and includes an array of stories and voices.

Common Sense Media: “How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids”

embracerace: “31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance”

National Museum of African American History & Culture: Talking About Race

Politics & Prose: A selection of children and teen books on racism, inequality, and resistance.

Politics & Prose: A selection of adult titles on racism, inequality, and resistance.

Politics & Prose: Videos of some of the meaningful conversations sponsored by P&P and featuring black authors.

Talking to Children After Racial Incidents: A conversation with Howard Stevenson, Clinical Psychologist.

Teaching Tolerance: Resources that can help spur much-needed discussion around implicit bias and systemic racism, but can also empower students to enact the changes that will create a more just society.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Kojo for Kids: Jason Reynolds Talks About Racism and The Protests

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: Curated by Medium and updated regularly.