One of the Association's highest priorities is to promote diversity in our member schools. To that end, the AISNE Board has approved a Diversity Statement that explains why we believe this work is so important for all the students in our schools.
Board Statement on Diversity
AISNE represents many different types of schools. In the context of the missions and values of our schools, AISNE seeks to encourage an environment in which all members of the community are valued and included. We believe that appreciating diversity is an essential part of an effective learning environment.
For AISNE, diversity is an umbrella term that includes race, gender, age, ethnicity, culture, nationality, sexual orientation, social and economic class, physical and learning differences, and religion, as well as other characteristics that contribute to each individual's full identity.
We acknowledge and value the tensions and conflicts all schools experience as they work to become truly multicultural institutions, recognizing that progress comes from embracing, not avoiding, this important struggle.
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The AISNE Board approved the above statement in order to be clear about why AISNE is committed to significant, ongoing work on diversity. We offer it to our member schools as an encouragement for each school to clarify its own thinking about this most important topic. Asking groups within your school to consider the statement, its meanings and implications could be a useful way to further your own conversation.
Please share with us any statement your school has adopted.
Commitment in ActionAISNE's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in our schools comes in many forms across our portfolio of programs and services. Some recent examples of our work:
- Outreach to prospective families of color to increase applicants of color to member schools.
- Student-oriented programming to support current students of color in middle and high school.
- Leadership cohorts and programs for aspiring leaders of color in our member schools.
- Partnership with local and national organizations that advance equity and diversity in independent education.
- Robust accreditation standards that consider diversity and inclusion practices.
- Educational sessions that address the challenges and opportunities that arise when creating an authentically inclusive school environment.