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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging

 

In a world in which racism, bias and social justice must be faced, addressed, and rectified, The Cedar School stands for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for all its community members, including its students, families and staff. We are committed to exemplifying equitable practices, policies, and procedures for our entire community in its many facets.

Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging lie at the very heart of what The Cedar School stands for, given its mission. We believe that high school students should have a safe place in which to explore ideas and conflict, their own thoughts and views, and the world around them. Reading great books can open up new worlds for students, for example, and challenge them to consider new ideas and philosophies—or to find reassurance. As a writer once said, great literature should “comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.” It is important to explore those ideas in a safe space with trusted teachers.

High school students will make mistakes. They may stumble when they hear a very different point of view or about how others feel treated in society. The world faces challenges now, and we are working with students who will be shaping that world twenty years from now. We must create a diverse and inclusive learning space, where every member of our community can feel a sense of belonging.