A Diverse Community
The Haverford School's commitment to diversity in all forms embodies the mission of our School, which is to prepare our boys for the world they will face upon graduation. We believe in equity, diversity, and inclusion, One learns to respect the complexities of the world and those around them through the acceptance and appreciation of differences.
At Haverford, we actively commit to diversity through hiring practices, professional development, curriculum, and admission policies. We reject prejudice based on race, ethnicity, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, learning styles, disability, age, or sexual identity by educating our community about acceptance and the core values of the School: respect, honesty, and courage.
We aspire to be a community that values different ideas and viewpoints to develop personal and intellectual growth. Diversity comes in all forms and is the key to making the Haverford community a welcoming place for our students, families, faculty, and staff.
- Diversity Alliance
- I'm Not Kidding (INK) Club
- Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED)
- Multicultural Resource Center of Philadelphia (MCRC)
- People of Color Conference (PoCC)
- Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)
A diversity alliance of Middle School boys that works with Upper School boys to promote an understanding and appreciation of humanity. Through these meetings, INK provides a safe space for students to discuss thoughts and interact freely. The goal is for young men to become ambassadors and advocates in the Middle School and help foster a greater understanding of proper interaction with one another in our community and beyond.
The flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership and professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools. PoCC equips educators at every level, from teachers to trustees, with knowledge, skills, and experiences to improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools, as well as the attending academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike.
The National Association of Independent Schools' SDLC is an inclusive, multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from around the country. SDLC focuses on self-reflection, ally ship, and community building. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participants will develop an appreciation of their own identities, build effective cross-cultural communication skills, better understand the nature and development of effective strategies for social justice, and practice expression through the arts, while networking with their peers.
Following racially charged events in Ferguson, New York City, and around our country, students and faculty shared their thoughts during Reflections, a forum for young men to engage in discussion on sensitive or difficult topics. In this Reflection, each participant read a piece on race relations authored by a classmate or teacher to help us better appreciate and understand the myriad experiences of the men and women in our community.
Haverford’s Lower School focuses on inclusion and self-discovery. Our youngest students grow to understand themselves, their community, and their world through assemblies, curriculum, and outside presenters. Essential questions centered around diversity are discussed throughout this division as our youngest members of the community learn to value different cultures, ideas, and perspectives. From the classroom to recess, students work to better understand themselves and their positive role in the world
Haverford’s Middle School focuses on self-exploration and the concentrated effort of building community. Advisers discuss self-responsibility, social justice, and equality to foster dialogue and activism. Clubs, such as the I’m Not Kidding club, provide support for students of all grade levels and gives them the platform and tools to actively improve their community. Assemblies, conferences, and activities, like the Day of Silence, educate students about diverse topics. Peer Mediation allows students to resolve conflicts among themselves, buttressing their ownership in their community.
Haverford’s Upper School focuses on dialogue and activism. All Upper School students are divided in small, Form-specific groups, with a trained faculty member, and discuss community related topics. Clubs, such as the Diversity Alliance, engage in exploring their identity and being exposed to others. The group shares with the community through town-meeting style reflections and hosting conferences. In 2009, two members of the group earned the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for their diversity work. Also, students attend national and regional conferences, like the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, which allows them to have broader conversations and learn best practices.
Haverford’s faculty and staff implement diversity initiatives in line with the school’s mission. Supported by the Director of Community Life and school administration, faculty use diverse materials, attend conferences and training, and sponsor student groups. Through the Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) seminar, faculty and staff are provided with strategies to combat potential instances of intolerance in the community and, ultimately, create action plans to strengthen our community.