As a community that is committed to valuing and supporting all identities and experiences, Pacific Ridge School strives to foster inclusivity and equity to prepare students for life in a diverse society. - crafted by students, administrators & trustees, 2019
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
At Pacific Ridge, we value the unique perspectives and experiences within our community and believe that each elevates the learning experience for all. Over a third of Pacific Ridge students identify as people of color as defined by the National Association of Independent schools, and diversity is represented on our campus in many other ways. We provide a supportive environment in which students can explore their own understanding of gender, ability, race, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation, as well as notions of equity and justice.
A key initiative in the 5-year Strategic Plan introduced in the fall of 2019 is to “Cultivate a diverse, empathetic, and inclusive community of learners by fostering a safe environment where all voices feel a sense of value and belonging.” The ten initiatives of this plan fall under three main priorities:
Build a trusting environment where all voices feel safe and valued; build an empathetic and inclusive community that nurtures a sense of belonging
Recognize and uplift diverse experiences and perspectives
Shape our individual and collective narratives to show that we value diversity and inclusion, hold ourselves accountable, and empower the community to uphold our ethical standards
"I am so proud to have taken part in this conference—I know that this weekend has inspired a lot of people to start, continue, or finish projects that advance DEI work. I’m so happy that it was student-led and executed too." – Camille C. '21
"After attending the conference, I feel like I need to work not only to further DEI in my community but also to share the messages that were shared with me. I can't wait for next year's conference." – Brady B. '22
"The conference was amazing. When I reflect on how it made me feel, I would say it made me feel like I was seen. I felt like I was in a space where I was learning and growing, and everyone valued everyone." – Hannah T. '23
The wide range of human characteristics used to mark or identify individual or group identities. These characteristics include, but are not limited to, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, and linguistic preferences. (The NAIS AIM Users Guide)
Diversity acknowledges that people are different from each other; differences are neutral in the absence of bias. However, diversity does mean equity; instead, equity begets diversity.
A condition that balances two dimensions: fairness and inclusion. As a function of fairness, equity implies ensuring that people have what they need to participate in school and can reach their full potential. Dimensions of diversity such as ability, ethnicity, or socioeconomics should not be barriers. (Diversity Group Resources)
With equity comes inclusion; equity ensures that all students have access to what they need to be successful and thrive at PRS.
Encompassing all; taking every individual’s experience and identity into account; creating conditions where all feel accepted, safe, empowered, supported, and affirmed; expanding the sense of community to include all and giving all an equal voice.
Being inclusive means ensuring co-ownership and shared responsibility among all members of the school community. It authorizes individuals to carry out their role or roles successfully. (The NAIS AIM Users Guide)
Affinity, Alliance, and Interest Groups
Equity and inclusion work helps us better recognize, understand and embrace both our differences and our similarities. A number of student groups on campus support this important effort.
Affinity groups allow students and faculty connect, build trust and affirm their identity and experiences. In alliance groups, students explore how their experiences position them to be supporters and allies.
American Asian Pacific Islander
Black Student Union
Gender Sexuality Alliance
Jewish Affinity Group
Middle Eastern North African
South Asian Alliance
A large number of service learning groups and clubs are also involved in equity and inclusivity work.
El Savaldor - Becas Nonualco
Global School Connections
Hands of Peace
New Haven Night Shelter
Both a Student Equity Advisory Board and Faculty Equity Advisory Board provide input into school initiatives. For more information about diversity, equity, and inclusion at Pacific Ridge, please contact Susan Woods, Director of Community and Inclusion at email@example.com.