Saint Andrew’s School is committed to the ongoing development of a culture that honors diversity and affirms the essential dignity of each member of our community. It is among our highest responsibilities to make our school a place that is safe and welcoming for all.
We believe that the pursuit of justice is core to the foundation of who we are as a school and central to our educational mission. We seek to help young people develop cross-cultural communication skills and empathetic understanding across differences of age, ability, family makeup, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, sexuality, gender, language, national origin, and ethnicity. We intend that all members of our community--faculty, staff, students, and families alike--will value civil discourse and service to others, and we hope to graduate students prepared, as their circumstances may demand, to act with moral courage.
Affirmed by the Board of Trustees in 2015, the Saint Andrew’s School strategic plan--Vision 2020--showcases the school’s commitment to the principles of equity and justice as guided by our partnerships with the National Association of Independent School (NAIS) and the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES).
In response to initiatives included in Vision 2020, the school has engaged with its internal constituents on several fronts to lay the foundation for the emerging anti-racist work required of all communities centered on the pursuit of justice.Faculty and staff training:Consultancy with National Diversity & Inclusion Strategist - Dr. Derrick Gay
NAIS PoCC attendees
Welcoming SchoolsRecent Community Events:
MLK Jr. Assembly Speakers:
-Micah Dawanyi (2021)
-Clint Smith (2020)
-Anquan Boldin (2019)
-Al Letson (2018)
Divisional Equity and Justice Student Workshop
Chinese New Year Celebration
Jewish High Holy Days
Crocodile River MusicStudent Initiatives:
Anti-Defamation League training for student leaders
Black Student Union
Jewish Student Union
Caribbean Student Union
HOLA: Hispanic Heritage Club
Chinese Culture Club
Celebration of Black History: February 2019
Celebration of Hispanic Heritage: September 2020Committee on Equity and Justice
Formed in 2018, the Saint Andrew’s School Committee on Equity and Justice is charged with ensuring a school climate and culture that respects, affirms, and protects the dignity and worth of each member of its community.
The purpose of the Committee is to create schoolwide and divisional ownership of strategic initiatives related to equity and justice. The Committee is composed of individuals who, by virtue of their roles within the school, have the training, authority, and support needed to influence key areas of policy development, decision making, budget, and management.
Saint Andrew’s School is aligned with the Principles of Good Practice on Equity and Justice as outlined by the National Association of Independent School (NAIS) and National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)NAIS
“NAIS schools value the representation and full engagement of individuals within our communities whose differences include—but are not limited to—age, ethnicity, family makeup, gender identity and expression, learning ability, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. NAIS welcomes and celebrates the diversity of our member schools. We expect member schools to create and sustain diverse, inclusive, equitable, and just communities that are safe and welcoming for all. We recognize that to do so requires commitment, reflection, deliberate planning and action, and ongoing accountability.”Link to Principles of Good Practice - Equity and JusticeNAES
“Today’s Episcopal schools are populated by a rich variety of human beings from increasingly diverse dimensions of identity and religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Episcopal schools are places that affirm these differences as sources of strength that build up common life, deepen our common humanity, and enhance the intellectual, social, spiritual, and moral development of all students. This mandate was succinctly expressed in Goal Four of the NAES 2012 Strategic Plan: to “articulate a core religious identity within the context of our multi-religious and inclusive Episcopal school communities by promoting values of justice, equity, service, civil discourse, and moral courage.”Links to Principles of Good Practice - Equity and Justice“When love is the way, there’s plenty of room for all of God’s children. When love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actually family.”
-- Bishop Michael Curry
27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church