Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Purpose Statement

Louisville Collegiate School’s mission is to inspire academic excellence, extraordinary character, and global citizenship. Central to our mission is our commitment to creating an inclusive community that nourishes students and families from all backgrounds and perspectives. As such, we seek:

  • To enrich our students’ academic excellence by cultivating pedagogy, programming, and instructional resources that empower each of our students to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
  • To enhance our students’ extraordinary character by nurturing and fostering skills and practices at every age that contribute toward a community where each member feels a sense of belonging and engagement.
  • To develop students’ global citizenship by considering multiple perspectives and increasing a sense of responsibility to live, work, and engage respectfully with a diversity of people in an interconnected world.

As we teach, learn from, and celebrate the many differences that make up our school, we work together to uphold the pillars that embody the mission of the Louisville Collegiate School community. We expect our students and families to demonstrate integrity and respect for all individuals and to act in the best interests of others and the community as a whole by demonstrating honor, compassion, responsibility, and respect.

Dr. Tiffany Bridgewater
Head of Lower School &
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
tbridgewater@louisvillecollegiate.org

Dr. Angela Singla ’89
Parents Association Equity Chair

work in action

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 

  • Lower School students learned about leadership and the importance of good leaders within a community. Besides leadership, themes of peaceful protest and fairness are also part of the rich discussions occurring throughout January in the Lower School.
  • Middle School students reflected upon current events as a backdrop for deeper discussions surrounding Dr. King’s dream and what we are still working on to accomplish his dream today.
  • Throughout the year, the Upper School has taken multiple curricular opportunities to study the Black American experience. Upper School students are encouraged to stay home safely and watch a film or documentary exploring Civil Rights in America. 

Student Affinity Groups 

The Equality Coalition: The Equality Coalition is made up of three groups: the Black Student Union (BSU), Collegiate Feminist Club (CFC), and the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA). During this particularly unusual school year, Upper School students have also found ways to stay connected during remote learning through Collegiate Cable. This student-produced, teacher-facilitated video program allows Upper School students to create short clips of content about a range of topics, including voting and the election, and an upcoming segment focused on cultural identities.   

Why Affinity Groups Matters: Collegiate is committed to creating student-centered affinity groups. The role of student-centered affinity groups is to provide safe spaces for students with a shared identity to speak, share, and to grow with one another from the sharing of personal, firsthand experiences shaped by a particular identity lens. These groups are sponsored by Collegiate faculty and staff. Their role is to facilitate these student groups in setting goals for the year, creating agendas for meetings, organizing events, and celebrations. The sponsor also takes on the role of a teacher leader for their groups in partnership with the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Head of the Upper School, and Head of the Middle School.