Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Wyoming Seminary board-approved diversity statement
It is unquestionably true, beautiful, and good that the world is made up of diverse people. Wyoming Seminary strives to build a learning environment that reflects the disparate cultures, religions, languages, backgrounds, identities, and perspectives of our world.
To that end, our school seeks to encourage the application of students and the hiring of faculty, staff, and administrators who represent diversity. Sustaining and nurturing such a community is an ongoing process, and we will continue to foster the respect, empathy, and curiosity that allow it to flourish.
DIVERSITY, Equity AND inclusion INITIATIVES
- All-faculty anti-racism summer reading and reflection project
- Formation of Faculty Diversity Council
- Creation of Wyoming Seminary Alumni of Color Network
- New domestic student orientation on internationalism
- Student and faculty demographic and school climate survey (Upper School only)
- Development of restorative practices response led by trainer counselor to address incidences of bias in an educational and empathetic manner to build understanding that actions have impact
- Culturally sustaining pedagogy workshop with Lorena German for all faculty
- Establishment of ongoing student-led and faculty supervised affinity groups for underrepresented identities
- Formation of Black Students Alliance
- Faculty and student forums on civil political discourse
- Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. programs, hosted most recently by Berhenda Williams, followed by workshops with student diversity leaders
- Multiple faculty attendance at NAIS People of Color conferences
- Attendance by Upper School students at Student Diversity Leadership Conferences
- Partnership with Narrative 4, an organization that uses storytelling and art to build empathy
- Global member of Round Square, an organization dedicated to the IDEALS of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership, and Service
Wyoming Seminary is committed to the continual growth and development of young people in our community. We recognize that education is our platform to encourage understanding, respect, and unity. We will continue to offer a variety of ways for students to learn about and understand differing ideologies and perspectives and, as part of this, learning how to productively engage in conversations with others from diverse backgrounds.
CARRYING OUT OUR COMMITMENT
- Professional Development and Expectations – Engage faculty and staff in round table discussions about microaggressions to understand different perspectives.
- Student Leadership – Unite the groups representing the diverse members of our community into a larger diversity panel which will meet once a term. These groups will suggest and facilitate optional opportunities to explore a variety of topics and ideas as well as listening skills. The school will support this work through the regular attendance of community members.
- Programmatic Changes – Incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion emphasis in the Student Life Curriculum. Through topics like internationalism, democracy, wellness, and more, help students both find their voice and listen to other’s stories.
- Academic Focus – Faculty is actively exploring ways to diversify the voices and stories heard in all subject areas.
- Community Development – Develop a continuous and progressive educational plan around issues of equity, diversity, and civil discourse.