Dear St. Luke's Families and Friends,
Alongside its community standards (honesty, excellence, compassion, dignity, and respect), St. Luke’s School considers Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as important aspects of the human experience, the educational and moral formation of students, and the building of healthy, caring, and socially just communities.
DIVERSITY involves the various and valuable ways that individuals and groups differ from each other including, but not limited to, ability, age, economic status, ethnicity/race, gender identity, immigration status, linguistic traditions, nationality, political beliefs, religious spiritual and ethical traditions, and sexual identity.
INCLUSION refers to intentional, individual and institutional efforts to create environments where people can express and learn from their differences in safe, creative, and courageous ways.
EQUITY refers to intentional individual and institutional efforts to counteract the disproportionate privilege and power related to difference that is unfairly afforded to some people while denied to others.
St. Luke’s School endeavors to create a “care-full” culture of inclusive belonging. The creation of this culture is requiring us to deepen our commitment to equity (i.e., substantive efforts to counteract the disproportionate amount of privilege and power unfairly afforded to some people while denied to others) and social justice (i.e., the restoration of unjust relationships and the pursuit of reciprocal relationships that promote individual and communal well-being).
DEI is not a “fad” or a “reaction” at St. Luke’s School. Instead, DEI is a way of life and an ethical stance supported by our community standards (honesty, excellence, compassion, dignity, and respect) and our identity as an Episcopal independent school that values perspectives and practices rooted in religion, spirituality, and moral traditions. In short, DEI is precisely what we mean when we use the famous phrase “the St. Luke’s Way.”
With High Aim,
Brad R. Braxton, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer