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.
WORK IN ACTION
Wellness Webinar Series: Mitigating Race-Based Stress and Trauma in Students of Color: Being an Accomplice.
Dr. Kevin Chapman and Chelsea Mitchell from the Kentucky Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (KY-CARDS)
“This is not easy work…to talk about and look carefully at the way racism is pervasive in all of our lives. It’s uncomfortable and messy. I hope you’ll watch this timely conversation with Dr. Kevin Chapman and his team as they called upon us to be accomplices in the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Chapman reminded us that race-based stress is real and is happening here, in our Collegiate community. As a family, we were proud and grateful to be a part of the conversation initiated by the school. LCS parents, let’s keep showing up willing to learn, acknowledge mistakes, and commit to doing more so our students will see models of adults committed to a safe and just world.”
– Chenoweth Stites Allen ’88, P ’16, P’18, and P’21
Black History Month
This year, we worked to expand students’ knowledge beyond what is commonly known about many celebrated Black figures in history. Through the examination of the lives and work of distinguished Black Americans from the past and present, students were allowed to go beyond the story of the first Black woman to be elected to the second-highest office in the land to learn about the first Black woman to ever run for President in the U.S. Beyond the curriculum, the Upper School continued its exploration of Civil Rights and the Black experience in America, and the Lower School and Middle School teachers utilized our vast collection of picture books to discuss pioneering Black Americans including Mae Jemison, Gwendolyn Brooks, Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Owens, and Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Black History Month. Thematically, students in our community studied the accomplishments of Black Americans in multiple fields including science, music, art, and politics.
Additionally, Black History Month offered an opportunity to highlight a few activities and programs:
- Video from Dr. Kevin Chapman’s presentation on race-based trauma, co-sponsored by the Counseling Department and the Parents Association
- 4th-Grade Lessons from Black history research project. This project focused on Black men and women from as early as the 18th Century to the present.
- Middle School Black History Month door decorating contest. Each grade decorated doors with subjects including the Harlem Renaissance, Black activism/activist as well as poets like Amanda Gorman.
- An upcoming panel discussion about the history, traditions, and relevance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the Black community, Sponsored by the College Counseling Department and inspired by the Black Student Union Black (BSU).
By working together to explore the rich cultural heritage of diverse communities, we are better able to help our students understand the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. It was a pleasure to partner with our amazing faculty. And, it was great to see those light bulb moments happening with our students.
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.