Diversity

Faculty and Staff DEI Committee

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is responsible for setting and implementing the school's DEI goals. It comprises 17 core members of the Lycée's faculty and staff, including teachers, administrators and student support staff who represent many different origins and areas of the school, with 40 additional faculty and staff volunteers.

Over the 2020-2021 school year, the committee formed four task forces, and made the following progress on our goals:


Goal 1 : Create equitable experiences for students

  • Visibility and representation in the curriculum are being emphasized
  • When approaching subjects of identity, diversity, justice, and action within the curriculum,  the Learning for Justice Outcomes are being adopted as a framework to balance the  educational and individual experiences of students
  • Protocols and a review process are being created for hallway displays and exhibits
  • Adoption of an online platform for reporting incidents of bias and prejudice is in process, with the aim of empowering student voices and connecting them with resources when they witness something wrong 

Goal 2 : Enhance community reporting, representation and resource sharing on diversity, equity and inclusion, and related topics

  • DEI committee members reviewed anonymous testimonials of parents/guardians and students to inform recommendations
  • Five principles for equity have been selected to guide responses to incidents: direct confrontation, redistribution, prioritization, equity ideology, and "fix injustice not kids"
  • Student exit interviews have been standardized and implemented for the purpose of data gathering
  • A centralized location for resources and FAQ is being developed

Goal 3 : Bring a diversity of perspectives and experiences into the curriculum

  • The new roles of Dean and Assistant Dean of Innovation and Professional Learning have been created to lead the implementation of coaching strategy and curriculum mapping across Primary and Secondary, and assume responsibility for Professional Learning across the school.
  • The Learning for Justice Framework from the Southern Poverty Law Center has been adapted for inclusion in the curriculum across all grade-levels, in an age-appropriate manner.
  • Programming for events such as the Day of Understanding and Black History Month, and everyday classroom activities has been strengthened.
  • Principles of Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action have been incorporated into existing classroom activities.

Goal 4 : Research and development

  • Reviews of peer-institutions have been conducted to help benchmark Lycée progress and set goals
  • Hiring practices have been enhanced to recruit and retain diverse talent

Clarissa Sylvestre, Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is one that requires community, builds community and strengthens community.  This work, involving all of us, is not a one-time, nor a one-year effort. Rather, It is ongoing work that is rooted in our mission and essential to ensuring that each and every student thrives and fulfills their greatest potential at the school.