We are pleased to share with senior families highlights of special moments from the last month as we prepared to send the Class of 2021 off to meet the future.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
In December 2020, the Ravenscroft Board of Trustees adopted a diversity statement to exemplify our innate value of diversity as an essential component to “prepare students to thrive in a complex and interdependent world.” Our diversity statement reads:
At Ravenscroft, we believe it is the responsibility of each person in our community to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of school life –– from our classrooms to our boardroom, from the arts to athletics.
We listen to, empathize with, learn from, and value our differences, both visible and invisible. We are committed to fostering an atmosphere of unyielding curiosity where students, faculty, staff, alumni and families are respected, feel safe, and have a sense of belonging.
In turn, we build citizen leaders equipped to thrive in a complex and interdependent world and change it for the better.
The approval of the statement is just one item in the overarching strategic efforts for DEI which calls for focus on people, programs and community.
People: For students to thrive, they must learn from faculty that represent the complex and interdependent world in which they will live. Ravenscroft will continue to expand the representation of our faculty to reflect that world and enhance our current faculty’s ability to teach across a diverse student body.
Program: In order to nurture individual potential, our curriculum must provide robust opportunities to experience and learn lessons of humanity unconstrained by any racial bias.
Community: Every member of our community should feel they are safe and an integral part of the Ravenscroft community and should be able to realize the full benefits of a Ravenscroft education.
In June 2020, Ravenscroft announced the reformation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Ravenscroft Board of Trustees whose first priority was to assess and approve the new statement. The committee, chaired by Demetris Cheatham stands equally with all other committees of the Board and provides oversight and governance of Ravenscroft’s ongoing DE&I programs, policies and procedures.