Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Pennington School is committed to diversity in its curriculum, faculty, staff, and student body.
Social justice is an ongoing discussion in Chapel, in classrooms, and in the hallways. We differ in race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical and learning differences, gender identity and expression, religion, and socioeconomic class.
But we share common values, goals, history, and relationships.
The purpose of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office is to enrich our School through increased knowledge of, respect for, and cooperation among different cultures and a valuing of diverse perspectives within our community, by addressing issues of prejudice about race and ethnicity, gender, age, physical and learning differences, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, religion, and class. We provide leadership and safe spaces to discuss diversity in all its forms at The Pennington School, for both our students and our faculty and staff. The overall goal is to help students, staff, faculty, and administrators transcend differences while recognizing common values, goals, history, and relationships.
Our community has been facing the difficult truths of America’s relationship with race and justice. Our students, faculty, and staff have been working together to make sense of the world we live in, and together we aim to make it better. As an educational institution, we want to emphasize that so much of this work happens through education, and that education cannot end at the end of the school day or year. With that point in mind, we want to share some resources so that you can continue these important conversations at home and empower your children to be the change they wish to see in the world.
Resources from the Pennington School Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Instagram posts:
- Pride Month
- Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
- What is Ms. S reading or listening to?
- Response to Racial Violence
- Black History Month
- Tips for Parents on Media Coverage of Traumatic events and Trauma-Informed Teaching in Action (January 7)
- Hanukkah (December 10)
- Native American Heritage Month (November 18)
- Transgender Awareness Week (November 17)
- Diwali (November 16)
- Halloween and Cultural Appropriation
- Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day? (October 12)
- National Coming Out Day and GLSEN’s Solidarity Week (October 11)
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg (September 23)
- Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
- 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment (August 26)
- Code Switching (August 14)
- Emmett Till's Death Inspired a Movement (July 25)
- International Nonbinary People's Day (July 14)
- Mental Health
Additional resources for students and parents:
- Talking to Children After Racial Incidents - Howard Stevenson (Penn GSE)
- George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we Tell Our Children? (USA Today)
- An Antiracist Reading List (New York Times)
- Teaching Tolerance
- Facing History and Ourselves
- National Museum of African American History and Culture, “Talking About Race” page
- Anti-Defamation League’s Table Talk for Families
- Black Lives Matter: Additional Resources, Ways to Donate, Petitions, and More