Funding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

Purpose
To ensure that the school commits financial resources to DEI efforts; to maximize access to opportunities at Pacific Ridge School for students and families with varied socio-economic backgrounds; to become as diverse a community as possible and maintain an anti-prejudice posture throughout the institution

Progress
  • Provide tuition assistance funding so at least 30% of student body receives assistance with an average award of at least 50% of tuition (goal has been met or exceeded each year since 2007)
  • In order to increase socio-economic diversity of our student body, established and maintain funding for an average of ten students a year in the Opportunity Grant Program -- highly-qualified and talented students who will be the first generation in their family to attend college and whose families qualify for a full-tuition award (12 Opportunity Grant graduates since 2014)
  • Provide resources to send maximum allowed number of students to the Student Diversity Leadership Conference and cohort of faculty members to the companion People of Color Conference (PRS annually sends the maximum number)
  • Ensure resources for faculty, student, and community DEI education each year
  • Funded Director of Community and Inclusion position as full-time leadership position (Part-time position since 2015)

On Deck
  • Grow the fund and endowment for Opportunity Grant program 
  • Fund Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) “No Place for Hate” program in 2020-2021
  • Fund programming for two highly experienced and well-respected diversity consultants to work with students, faculty, parents, and Board in 2020-21 
  • Determine optimal level of funding for tuition assistance program and Opportunity Grant program between 2021 and 2026
  • Continue to fund affinity and alliance groups in the manner established by the Student Equity Advisory council in 2019

Initiative Team Members

Bob Ogle, Head of School, lead
Susan Woods, Director of Community and Inclusion
Board of Trustees