EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND MULTICULTURALISM
At Perkiomen School, diversity and multiculturalism are positive aspects of our lives and essential components of education. The students, staff, parents, board members, alumni, and friends of the school recognize and embrace the diversity in race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, and family structure that exists within the Perkiomen Community and the wider world. Furthermore, we respect and appreciate the differences that exist in the traditions we observe and the languages we speak, as well as each individual’s unique heritage, personal beliefs, and choices of expression.
We believe that the experience of a Perkiomen education will enable students to value themselves while preparing to participate with pride and confidence in a rich and complex global society. As such, the School’s curriculum and other programs will introduce and explore topics concerning race, ethnicity, family structure, gender, religion, physical attributes, sexual orientation, and socio-economic differences. As a result, when students graduate from our school, they will do so with a strong sense of their identity, a willingness to see the common threads that run through all our lives, and a high regard for the value and breadth of differences and similarities.
As a school, we recruit students and faculty from diverse backgrounds whose goals are consistent with both the sense of tradition we foster and our desire to promote equity and inclusion. Furthermore, Perkiomen School has welcomed international students for generations and embraces the fact that interaction with and understanding of people from around the world is essential to both educational and professional success in an increasingly globalized world and to fostering a sense of global citizenship.
Given our commitment to creating an inclusive community on campus, any behavior deemed discriminatory on the grounds of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic class, physical ability, mental and physical health, country of origin, or religious and/or cultural beliefs, whether overt or covert, falls outside of school norms and cannot be accepted.
Global Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion works to promote multiculturalism, compassion, equity, and understanding both on campus and within the surrounding community by sponsoring educational opportunities and training for students and faculty, hosting a variety of events, encouraging student involvement in local and national diversity conferences, and celebrating the myriad of cultures and people that make up Perkiomen School.
The GDC is led by a Diversity Collaborative (listed below) who are pursuing an expanded line up of activities that extend our school community’s support of global diversity and support the local community’s efforts on this front.
On November 3, 2018, Perkiomen hosted the Mid-Atlantic Regional Diversity Conference (MARD), welcoming more than 450 students and faculty to campus. The Mid-Atlantic Region Diversity Conference was started by a group of students and their advisors from Abington Friends School and Perkiomen School in the 2012-2013 school year. The goal was to have a regional student-led diversity experience. MARD now serves more than 300 students from 30 different schools each year. The conference includes racial and cultural affinity groups, student-led discussions, a keynote address from noted activist and speaker, Rodney Glasgow, and time for fun and fellowship.
Diversity Collaborative Coordinators
Mr. R. Trevor Smith
Ms. Jessica Walton
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Rosh Hashanah Reception
Recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Mid-Atlantic Regional Diversity Conference
Hanukkah Celebration Dinner
Lunar New Year Celebration
Black History Month Celebration
Celebration of Women’s History Month
Perkiomen School Cultural Festival
Social Justice Week
Day of Silence
Anti-Racism Resources for our Community
Adapted from a list of resources provided by the Power Breakfast Club
Resources for Parents
Adapted from a list of resources provided by the Power Breakfast Club, Penn Graduate School of Education, and USA Today interview with with Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. and Erlanger Turner, Ph.D.
- White parents raising anti-racist children
- Talking to children after racial incidents
- George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children?
Black History Month Dinner
MARD Conference Silent Movement
Lunar New Year Dinner
NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)
Kriyol Dance! Collective Workshop
Black History Month Culture Talk
We invite you to listen to our student-led podcast, Cookies & Cupolas, exploring the heart of Perkiomen School.
Episode 9 of the Cookies & Cuploas Podcast offers a deeper look into the Diversity Collaborative's work during Black History Month 2019, featuring an interview with Olivier Joseph '13, former Diversity Collaborative Coordinator.
In Episode 10, learn more about the origins of the Cultural Festival.
Episode 15 features a conversation with Teagan Nayak '23, who recently started Perkiomen's Gay Straight Alliance (GSA).
in Episode 19, Trevor Smith, one of our Diversity Collaborative Coordinators discusses the founding of DIBS, a DEI conference specifically for Boarding Schools.