Initiatives for Cultural Competency and Community-Building
The Upper School has taken on several initiatives in recent years to increase cultural competency and inclusion in our community. We have worked with the Anti-Defamation League, which brought two programs, Step-Up and Cyber Ally, to the Upper School. We also spent time with visiting experts such as poet and motivational speaker Dr. Omekongo Dibinga, who addressed students on the topic of becoming Upstanders, author Michele Borba, who talked to the community about how to nurture the habit of empathy, and author Nancy Jo Sales who spoke to students and parents about social media concerns. Carrying on the work begun in these programs, the Cyber Ally team finds creative ways to help the community reflect on how they treat each other online, and the Diversity Dialogues club gathers to discuss identity, diversity, multiculturalism and social justice topics. By addressing issues that may arise in the middle school years, we equip our students with the tools they need to be strong community members in secondary school.