DEI Mission Statement
- Working to foster a local and global perspective so that we as a Community embrace world cultures, solve pressing issues, understand interconnectedness, evaluate and resolve conflicts and cause positive change.
- Continually recognize and urgently repair any and all hurt or harm caused, individually and systematically.
- Challenging our institution to strive beyond diversity and embed inclusion and belonging at every level.
- Actively promoting respect for others, embracing individual, cultural and socioeconomic differences and modeling social responsibility, equity and justice. We seek to engage and listen with empathy and respect across existing differences.
- Investing in the recruitment, hiring and retention of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) as our School values the perspective and leadership of the BIPOC community.
- Welcoming the discomfort of making mistakes. We acknowledge that creating an inclusive and safe learning community requires evolution and we must embrace conflict and discomfort and learn from our mistakes.
- Providing the time and resources necessary for our professional community members, administration and Board of Trustees to participate in trainings, review and revise curriculum, pedagogy, policies and practices through an anti-racist lens.
With these commitments, we intend to mold our school’s culture to our mission by ensuring empowerment and belonging for all students and Professional Community members. Through these efforts, we hope that our students will gain a greater understanding of themselves, while cultivating the ability to embrace differences and think deeply about our diverse society and the expected and necessary changes that must occur.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion is proud to partner with various Head-Royce groups – including the CommunityEd Speaker's Series, the Parents' Association, and the Nia Speaker of Color Series – to bring outstanding thinkers and activists to our community.
Past E&I Partnership Events Include:
Family Affinity Groups
Affinity groups create a space for people with common interests, backgrounds and shared identities (such as race, gender, religion, etc.) to come together for support and community. Head-Royce Affinity Groups are led by current parents and reflect the current community.
Our 2022–23 Affinity Groups are:
- African American Family Network
- Asian Parents Network
- Gender and Sexuality Diversity Network
- Latino Families Network
- Learning Differences Network
- White Anti-Racist Family Network
Student Affinity Groups
For students seeking an affinity group, there are many on campus to join. There are nine Upper School groups and several middle school groups. These change from year to year, reflecting the needs of our current community.
Our 2022–23 Upper School Affinity Groups are:
- Black Student Union (BSU)
- Muslim Middle-Eastern, North African, Southwest Asian Group (MMENA)
- Multi-Racial Affinity Group
- Latinos Unidos
- White Anti-Racist Group (WAG)
- Gender Sexuality Diversity (GSD)
- Neurodiversity Club
- Jewish Affinity Group
- Pan-Asian Student Alliance (PASA)
- Desi Originated Student Association (DOSA)
Our 2022–23 Middle School Affinity Groups are:
- Students of Color Alliance
- Gender Sexuality Alliance
All Head-Royce Professional Community members participate in Professional Development opportunities throughout the year. Here is a small sampling of our recent work:
- Cohort of 22 adults and 6 students attend the 2022 NAIS People of Color Conference and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference
- Presence at Equity is Excellence Conference, Summer 2019
- 2019 Faculty Book: Culturally Responsive Teaching
- Full Professional Community training with diversity expert Elizabeth Denevi on creating inclusive learning spaces
- Full Professional Community workshop with E&I trainer Rosetta Lee on "Beyond the Why and Into the How: Practical Steps Toward Inclusive Classrooms"
- Administrative leadership workshops with Elena Aguilar on effective and equitable leadership
- National Equity Project racial affinity groups for faculty and staff throughout the year
- Cohort of 26 adults and students at the 2019 NAIS People of Color Conference