At Holy Child, our students are taught to value diversity and become active participants in a global world as "women of conscience and action.” As an educational and spiritual community, Holy Child strives to establish and maintain a culture that welcomes and nurtures individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences, as we believe this will encourage a respectful and rich intellectual environment. As a School, we actively embrace differences in age, ethnicity, gender, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class. We seek to create a community that reflects diversity in the student body, faculty and administration.
At Holy Child, we focus on the big IDEA: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy. Our IDEA Committee consists of faculty and students that meet bimonthly to discuss those four tenants. The goals of the IDEA committee are:
- To ensure every student feels included
- To celebrate the various types of diversity within our school community
- To understand that equality is not enough and that equity ensures that each student has what she needs
- To advocate for our students and staff that may feel voiceless
IDEA Initiatives at Holy Child
Upper School students participate in a number of affinity groups. These groups work within the School and in the broader community to raise awareness and promote cultural exchange, dialogue, and social justice.
Girls of Color Affinity Group
Mental Health Affinity Group
Bicultural/Bilingual Affinity Group
- White Allies Seeking to Understand Privilege Affinity Group
ARC: Allies Rebuilding Connections
Students also participate in events and conferences within the local community and on the national level.
- SHARE (Students Helping Anyone Respect Everyone) meetings are held four times a year at local independent schools. SHARE meetings allow local groups to connect and learn about promoting respectful conversations within the community.
- The Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the United States. SDLC focuses on self-reflection, forming allies, and building community.