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
This year, the school is working to create a framework of Core Competencies including one competency focused on Intercultural Engagement. This is work that will continue in the fall and we look forward to sharing more information soon!
Black History Month
This website was created this year by Collegiate sophomore, Max LeDoux, to highlight the lives and contributions of Black Americans in American History. The first four Black Americans featured on the website, were presented by the Black Student Union for the Black History Month Upper School morning meeting. These four little-known Black Americans made service in the Black community a priority during their lives.
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
“We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
These poignant words by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were spoken during the historic March on Washington in 1963 and resonate today more than ever. The idea of the now as a call to action is a belief that Dr. King used to inspire a generation of new activists during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. It is the same call to action that our Upper School students pledged this year — moving beyond the past and embracing the now.
This year, AmeriCorps has created a database of MLK Day of Service volunteer opportunities in each state searchable by zip code. The database includes virtual, in-person, and recurring volunteer opportunities meant to live beyond January 17. Locally, individuals and families might collect food items for the city’s food pantries, volunteer at the Kentucky Humane Society or the Public Library. Twenty-eight years after its inception, The King Center (in conjunction with Americorps) continues to utilize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the National Day of Service as an example of Dr. King’s work and legacy to educate generations of children of all races, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Over the last several years, I have spent the MLK Day of Service supporting my neighbors. This year, my sorority will use the Day of Service to work virtually with seniors preparing for college. From answering questions about the right standardized testing to filling out FAFSA applications, our goal is to support first-generation college students through the college admissions process. I hope my work with these students will inspire them to use their college experiences and beyond to embrace the urgency of the now.
This year, more than ever, I ask our community to consider Dr. Martin Luther King’s Day of Service as a day on and not a day off. I ask us to view January 17 as an opportunity to make our community “more equitable and take action to create the Beloved Community of Dr. King’s dream.”
No matter what you decide to do today, please look for ways to use Dr. King’s Day of Service to improve our community and our city now!
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). These student-led, teacher-facilitated affinity groups are leading conversations through morning meetings and grade-level-specific discussions about a range of topics.
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.
Student Affinity Group Work at LCS
Once again this year, our student affinity groups led activities highlighting and celebrating cultural heritage months in the Upper School.
The GSA has had Pride Week celebrations annually since 2014. This year’s Pride Day meeting included speakers from the Fairness Campaign, ACLU, and a panel of Upper School students and teachers. Our Pride celebration highlighted students and teachers who identify as LGBTQ+ and a message of “You Are Not Alone!” Nearly 100 faculty and staff had a picture taken holding a sign with our theme! The GSA has seen increased student involvement and now has an off-shoot club, the GSA-S, a social group for students who identify as LGBTQ+.
The BSU focused on acts of service highlighting Black Americans who used their financial successes to give back to the Black community, especially activists who have given back to support historically black universities and colleges. The BSU created a webpage to honor local and national black business people throughout February. During February, BSU students volunteered at Gilda’s. They also donated bake sale proceeds to Gilda’s to support three art projects for twenty of Gilda’s members.
The Feminist Club’s presentation, during Women’s History Month, included a panel of students and faculty who highlighted the importance of gender equality for a sustainable future. Panel members shared personal stories of influential women in their lives. The panel also celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day theme, “Break the Bias.”