Waring Diversity Statement

Where We Are, Where We’re Going

 

Our Commitment

At Waring, we are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community that affirms individual voices. Our program aims at an understanding of the range of human experience; the more varied the voices in our community, the richer that understanding will be. Waring teachers and students are curious and innovative in their approach to learning. We challenge students, and our entire community, to embrace multiple perspectives and to question assumptions and biases. We seek students, faculty, staff, and trustees of different races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, family structures, socio-economic backgrounds, physical abilities, and religions. Guided by these principles, the Waring community can prepare us all to lead thoughtful lives in our multicultural society.

In 2015, the Board of Trustees formed a Diversity Committee to address the historic gap between Waring’s founding principles and aspirations and the reality of its diversity. Addressing this gap requires sustained reflection as well as action. While we have made progress, there is always more work to do. Our recent activities include:


  • SEED Seminars for Faculty
    Since the fall of 2016, a Waring faculty member who attended SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) training has led a monthly seminar for faculty. These seminars ask participants to reflect on their own experiences as a way of opening conversations about systemic injustice and inequality. The seminars aim to make the Waring community more equitable and inclusive of all.
  • Diversity Committee Open Meeting

    In February of 2018, the Diversity Committee held a meeting on gender at Waring that was open to the whole community. This meeting gave the committee valuable insight into issues that needed to be addressed.

  • Cambridge Hill Partners Training
    In the fall of 2018, the Waring faculty participated in a number of gender equity and inclusion training sessions led by the organization Cambridge Hill Partners.
  • NAIS/SDLC People of Color Conference
    Each year, Waring students attend the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools)/SDLC (Student Diversity Leadership Conference) People of Color Conference. The conference brings together students and faculty of color from across the country to discuss issues facing students of color in independent schools.
  • AISNE Middle School Students of Color Conference
    Since 2017, Waring middle school students have attended the AISNE (Association of Independent Schools in New England) Middle School Students of Color Conference.
  • Waring Inclusion and Diversity Alliance
    Formed in 2017, WIDA (Waring Inclusion and Diversity Alliance) provides a time and place at Waring for conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion that aim at action--both short and long term. Students help lead school wide activities and serve as resources for other students hoping to engage with these topics.
  • Feminist Lunch

    A student-led group dedicated to learning about and promoting feminism.

  • Queer Club

    A student-led discussion group and safe space for queer students and allies.

  • Sustained Social Research
    Sustained Social Research (SSR) is a component of the Humanities curriculum in which students work with people across different demographics in our local community. Placements include: Pathways for Children (A Head Start Program), and ESOL at Project Bootstraps (for immigrant language learners).
  • Special Event Days
    The Waring community welcomes student initiatives to organize social justice related events. So far, students have organized: women’s week, gun violence awareness day, and Earth Day.
  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms
    Bathrooms in the School and House buildings have been converted to gender neutral facilities.