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Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

Kent School is committed to creating an environment that embraces equity, inclusion, and diversity in all realms of our shared life.

Shaped by the Episcopal Church's ethos of radical welcome, Kent values the dignity of every human being and the rich array of backgrounds, beliefs, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community. We identify injustice in order to make our community more just and loving so that our students will do the same in the communities to which they will belong in the future. 

The deepest learning at Kent occurs not from books or online resources, but with one another. This kind of learning inspires our empathy and prompts our action.

Kent’s comprehensive and detailed EID Action Plan hinges on the participation and support of every member of the community. The plan starts with the student experience and addresses every constituency of the School.


Student Experience

At Kent, there are  four key intentions for the lived experience of each student:

1) Ensure every student feels they belong;

2) Guide students in acquiring the skills to understand different cultures and perspectives;

3) Support students and ensure they feel safe in expressing their stories;

4) Make certain students can see themselves in the curriculum and in the Kent School community.

Teaching, Learning, and Culture

Kent faculty seek to teach through an EID lens. Each year, the curriculum is audited to identify opportunities to better incorporate these values into Kent’s programs, curricula, and policies.

Additionally, Kent has prioritized ongoing professional development to address equitable teaching practices, cultural competency training, and representation of diversity in the curriculum.

The Community Conduct Council (CCC), composed of faculty and staff, investigates issues of racism, sexism, or any other form of harassment among students, faculty, and staff. The CCC's charge is to promote through education, mediation, and communication a school community that is free of harassment, retaliation, bullying, hazing, discrimination, and assault.

Admissions

While the responsibility of maintaining a community that exhibits radical welcome is shared by all, the Admissions Office embraces a key role in this effort. Kent’s admissions goals include matching the diversity of domestic students with the diversity of the United States, continuing to diversify the School's population of international students, and enhancing the financial aid budget to support more students and account for the total cost of a Kent education including travel, gear, and other extras.

Faculty, Staff, and Administration

Kent is committed to the goal of hiring faculty and staff who mirror the gender, racial, and ethnic backgrounds of our students. Kent’s hiring practices include cultivation of non-traditional sources of teachers from non-education backgrounds, engaging the alumni base in that process, interviewing at least one candidate of color for every opening, and inviting promising candidates to campus even if there is not an opening.

Alumni/ae

As Kent continues to embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity, we invite alumni/ae back to the School to engage with our current students by telling their Kent stories.

Board of Trustees

The Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee of the Board supports the Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity and the Head of School in implementing the EID Action Plan. Additionally, the Board seeks to diversify itself along with the student, faculty, and staff population.

 

Meet Dr. Travis Tucker, Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

Agape and Imago Dei. 

Agape is the Greek word that represents Christian love. Imago Dei is the Latin phrase that reminds us that we are all created in God’s image. My understanding of equity, inclusion, and diversity at Kent School is rooted in these two concepts.  To be equitable is to be fair.  Christian love is by definition a love that is to be shared with all people.  But the special mark of agape is that it is fairly distributed even if not always equally.  Fr. Sill, our founder, understood and practiced that principle.  Kent School was the first school of its kind to adopt a sliding-scale tuition plan—equally welcoming all students while giving extra help to some.  Inclusion here means making each person—whether student, staff, or faculty—feel that they are included, are connected, and belong.  It means going beyond simply respecting each person because they are made in God’s image to genuinely valuing them for that reason. Diversity is a fact of human existence.  Each of us is different from another. While we strive to broaden our racial and ethnic diversity here at Kent School, we also want to recognize the inherent diversity that exists among us as members of God’s human family.  A true appreciation of diversity entails recognizing that God’s image manifests itself in many different ways: colors, genders, ethnicities, shapes, sizes, cultural backgrounds, economic statuses, homelands, languages, talents, and abilities. 

Kent School’s Community and Equity Council (CEC)
The CEC is a team comprised of adult Kent community members from all areas of the school and works to support the School’s equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts.

Student Community and Equity Council (CEC)
The student-run CEC is comprised of Kent students under the guidance of the Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. The council is responsible for examining the School's EID efforts from a student perspective and assists in the implementation of those efforts throughout the student body.

There are also several Student Organizations & Affinity Groups.