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:
What is Ms. S reading, listening to or watching?
Week of July 13
“An 1839 assassination of a Cherokee leader and a 1999 murder case – two crimes nearly two centuries apart provide the backbone to an upcoming 2019 Supreme Court decision that will determine the fate of five tribes and nearly half the land in Oklahoma.”
- As U.S. Confronts Anti-Black Racism, Latinos Wonder Where They Fit In
- Perspective | When black people are in pain, white people just join book clubs
- The Hate U Give
- Pride Month Intersects with Surge in Protests Against Police Brutality: Code Switch
- July is Black, Indigenous and People of Color Mental Health Month (Teaching Tolerance)
- Mental Health Resources for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (Massachusetts General Hospital)
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