Diversity and Inclusion at Urban
Since our founding in 1966, diversity, inclusion and access have been critical core values at The Urban School. We believe the best education occurs in a school made up of students, teachers and families drawn from many different socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions and sexual orientations. The school has a larger public purpose to educate students who have been historically under-represented in independent schools. This commitment to a diverse and inclusive school community was re-emphasized in the most recent statement of Core Values, approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2006. Specifically, the third Core Value states:
We honor the uniqueness of each individual and embrace diverse backgrounds, values and points of view to build a strong, inclusive community and to prepare students for lives in a multicultural society.
Diversity alone is not enough. While the work of diversity and community have always been a part of the mission of Urban, we seek to build on this commitment, and by so doing, create a truly inclusive school – one where students and adults are welcomed and supported, and where their faces, voices and experiences are reflected and valued. We believe that the work of inclusion is a responsibility held by all and done for all, person to person.
For our complete statement on Diversity and Inclusion, please click here. For information on resources on the P-IDEAS, the parent/guardian body representing Parents for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity at School, please click here.