At University School, our mission, our focus on community and our dedication to equity and inclusion are transparent. Our students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to share their voices, experiences and ideas openly and authentically. This encouragement helps our boys develop a sense of confidence and integrity that makes them active participants in their world and the global community.
Our diverse and inclusive community is celebrated on both of our campuses. In the Lower and Middle School, the Parents’ Association’s “Creating Connections” group works to promote a multicultural learning community. Their assemblies cover topics from Caribbean Heritage Month to Religious Tolerance and they host multiple events, such as the Multicultural Potluck. A special program in the middle school is the Junior Pembroke Society, a cultural awareness organization for African-American students, which continues in high school as the Pembroke Society. In the context of the Lower School curriculum, boys learn about many different countries’ cultures, including Ghana, Egypt, Australia, China, and Mexico.
In the Upper School, students form affinity groups to explore issues of diversity on campus. These affinity groups serve as a safe space for students of similar experiences. They sponsor events for the school under the philosophy that the more we know, the more we respect one another. Popular events have included the Gospel Festivals sponsored by the Pembroke Society and the Chinese New Year celebrations hosted by the Asian Platform. All students can apply to attend the nationwide Student Diversity Leadership Conference where they gain comfort approaching delicate subjects. At the Upper School, Diversity Days throughout the year also expose students to relevant speakers, performances, and mini-classes, and a pilot Freshman Seminar program utilizes peer facilitators to introduce students to others’ varied experiences.