Diversity Mission Statement
Guided by the Bement School mission, the school is committed to creating a diverse coeducational community of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees representing a breadth of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure, socioeconomic status, and religious affiliation. The school seeks to provide an inclusive environment in which to foster mutual respect and understanding within our school and the world around us.
The Diversity Committee serves to provide ongoing support for Bement’s commitment to our mission and the advancement of diversity at Bement. The Diversity Committee comprises faculty and staff who share an interest in encouraging efforts in all representations of diversity, as defined in our mission statement. The committee meets monthly to discuss ongoing opportunities to expand our diversity. Areas of discussion include, but are not limited to: professional development opportunities; support for faculty, students, and families; curriculum review; and support for schoolwide efforts to broaden awareness and inclusiveness at Bement.
Members of The Bement School Diversity Committee 2016-2017
Christopher Wilson P'26, Head of School
Recent and Upcoming Events
The Diversity Committee meets regularly throughout the year, but we are always looking for new ways to inform our community on the issues of diversity.
• Professional Development Day Workshop: Julie Mencher on gender diversity
• "How To Talk to Our Kids About Diversity" presentation by Christine Savini of Diversity Directions and Dr. Olivia Morehead-Slaughter
• Martin Luther King Day 2016: Author Richard Andersen, Springfield, Baseball & Racism: The Bunny Taliaferro Story
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People, Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
Through My Eyes, Ruby Bridges
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, Ronald Takaki
All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why It Matters, Karen Stabiner
A White Teacher Talks About Race, Julie Landsman
"Children's Books That Tackle Race and Ethnicity," The New York Times
"21 Best Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Books for Kids," The Huffington Post
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, Peggy McIntosh
AISNE (Association of Independent Schools in New England) diversity conferences
NAIS People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference, December 8-10, 2016
The White Privilege Conference, April 27-30, 2017
TABS • NAIS Global Symposium, April 30 - May 2, 2017