Elise Hogan '19 gave this talk as part of our "There's More To Me Than What You See" Chapel service, organized and led by the Student Diversity Committee.
Diversity & Equity Education
Our robust and active Diversity Education Program leads our community in regular and structured engagement with and careful exploration of our differences, enabling us to come together more effectively as an authentic and cohesive community. The goal of the Diversity Education Program is twofold: to help individuals examine and understand the varied perspectives and backgrounds present within our community, as well as to consider those groups who may not be directly represented; and to develop habits of heart and mind in our students, faculty, and staff that will help us to identify biases, engage in challenging conversations, and practice empathy.
The Diversity Education Program organizes an annual student-led Equity Conference for the School community, brings outside speakers to campus, and provides equity-based orientation coursework for all students. The program also facilitates annual student and faculty participation in a number of diversity conferences: the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), the NAIS People of Color Conference, the Mid-Atlantic Region Diversity Conference, and the Better Understanding for a Better World Conference (an annual intercultural, interfaith, and leadership conference for high school students). Students can also join the entirely student-led Diversity Stewards program, in which students meet every two weeks in small groups to take part in activities and discussions that explore issues of difference, equity, and social justice.
The development of a culturally competent and bias-aware student body is also the responsibility of every St. Andrew’s faculty member and department. Keeping this fundamental principle in mind, diversity and inclusion work aims to involve as many faculty participants as are willing to collaborate, design, and carry out programming throughout the school year. Inclusion programming also aims to root itself across departments, grounding itself firmly in the daily experience of students both inside and outside of the classroom.
- Girls Collaborative
- Guys Group
- International House
- La Casa Latina
- Young Republicans
- Diversity Stewards
- Gay-Straight Alliance
- Students Fighting Against Racism (White Allies)
Althea Clarke '19 urges us to dismiss "classifying spaces" of whiteness or blackness.
Keegan Pando '17 candidly shares his preference for one side of his heritage, and the guilt associated with that preference.
Cindy Lay '18 recounts how her involvement in St. Andrew's Mulit-Racial Affinity Group has helped her to let go of the need to categorize herself as a particular race.
Baylen Manocha '18 recalls how, despite his own negative experiences with racial misidentification, he too has misidentified the race of his classmates.
August Saguil '17 shares how perceptions of his racial identity change depending on where he is in the world.
Lian Bourret '18 talks about the benefits and drawbacks of her mixed racial identity.