We are motivated by Collegiate’s ongoing progress towards greater diversity and dedicated to making this progress a vital part of our school’s commitment to students’ character and academic excellence. Inclusion Team
Collegiate is committed to a diverse and well-rounded student body, faculty and staff. Please read more on our diversity initiatives and religion at Collegiate.
The School is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, pregnancy, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, military service, marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The School makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. An applicant who does not meet the minimum qualifications of the position(s) for which the applicant applies will not be considered for employment.
Collegiate School is a community of learners committed to seeking and welcoming students, faculty and staff who represent the multicultural community and world in which we live. We believe that the education we offer in our school is greatly enhanced when many traditions, backgrounds and perspectives are given expression in everything we do. We aspire to create an inclusive environment which promotes engaged citizenship, encourages compassionate leadership and prepares service-minded individuals. Our concept of diversity and multiculturalism is dynamic and serves a vision at Collegiate where all members of the community find in our School a sense of belonging and a supportive place to reach their full potential.
The Big 8 (Different Types of Diversity)
Faculty have a variety of opportunities for professional development on diversity, inclusion and community building.
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People of Color Conference (POCC)
Every year Collegiate sends Lower, Middle and Upper School faculty and staff representatives to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) sponsored People of Color Conference (POCC).
POCC supports people of color and their white allies in independent schools to build, to sustain and to nurture inclusive communities. Held concurrently with POCC, the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) is a multiracial and multicultural gathering of high school age students from independent schools around the country. Collegiate students participate annually in SDLC.
At POCC teachers, administrators and Board members of color from across the nation, together with their white allies, gather to celebrate and nurture diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion, equity and justice within independent schools. According to the POCC website, “In a recent survey of heads of school, 90 percent indicated that POCC and SDLC energize and revitalize people of color in independent schools. A majority of heads report that POCC and SDLC participants have implemented new programs, activities and services at their school as a result of attending the conferences.”
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC)
Collegiate School works closely with VCIC in helping the school community to become a more diverse and inclusive community.
VCIC has helped Collegiate to review its overall admissions practices, faculty recruitment and retention efforts and curriculum. Middle and Upper School faculty have participated in the Break the Cycle: Be the Change workshop about understanding the roots of prejudice and discrimination. Middle School teachers have worked with VCIC to assess, understand and respond to bullying and teasing among Middle School students. VCIC and all Collegiate faculty are working together to build a community characterized by respect for differences.
Virginia Diversity Network (VDN)
All faculty have the opportunity to participate in workshops sponsored by the Virginia Diversity Network.
This network consists of nine independent schools who serve as leaders and other member schools who come together to learn more about diversity issues through workshops. Workshops have included understanding the alumni experience of diversity in an independent school, teaching in a multicultural Lower School environment, engaging in book discussions, learning about diversity on college campuses and developing a healthy admission process.