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Equity and Inclusion at Giddens

Diversity is integral to the Giddens School's educational mission. Ideally, in the course of learning, our students will benefit from their exposure to different people with different backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas and have a powerful, positive impact on social justice in our community.

Our philosophy around diversity has its roots in social justice. At Giddens, we affirm the importance of providing equitable and needed opportunities to all groups, including our greater community, to learn and be successful. We acknowledge that the educational opportunities of particular groups and individuals have been limited and too often denied. This has resulted in the loss of human potential and talent and, as a result, contributes to social injustice and economic inequality. At Giddens, we consistently work to recognize and eliminate these inequities to achieve our mission and contribute to a broader goal of equity.

We have a commitment to the personal, academic, and social development of the faculty, staff, and students. We extend this commitment to the larger community where we live and serve. Educational policies and practices that provide all individuals with access to quality education are indispensable for the achievement of social and economic justice.

Commitment to this philosophy of diversity and social justice requires acceptance and acknowledgment that issues touch each of us in a different manner. Excellence can only be achieved by honoring individuality while simultaneously working collaboratively to achieve our school's mission.

"The object of a democratic education is not merely to make an individual an intelligent participant in the life of his immediate group, but to bring the various groups into such constant interaction that no individual, no economic group, could presume to live independently of others.

John Dewey
Democracy and Education