Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
“We believe that diversity is one of the conditions of excellence for our school.” (Waynflete Mission Statement)
Waynflete’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion permeates all aspects of our program. Our mission states that diversity is one of the conditions of excellence because we believe that the educational experiences of all students are enhanced in an environment that is truly diverse. We strive to create an inclusive environment, which enables students from all backgrounds to learn from one another. When we are challenged through exposure to a wide range of viewpoints, we learn to examine our assumptions, question the status quo, and creatively craft solutions to even the most daunting challenges.
Our institutional commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion is an important component of our faculty and staff culture. Waynflete’s faculty practice, and want to continue to develop, inclusive practices in teaching, team work, and leadership. We believe that all students benefit from more inclusive environments.
Our community strives to be equitable and just. In reaching for these goals, we:
- look for ways to understand and celebrate the richness of the human experience,
- purposely integrate global perspectives into curriculum,
- work diligently to create opportunities for all voices and opinions to be heard,
- emphasize learning and growth through mutual respect and understanding, and
- desire to include and accept all individuals.
This commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion—and its actualization in all that we do and stand for—is central to both the education of our students and our collective hope that all individuals in their own ways become responsible and caring participants in the world.
Race, Color, and Ethnicity
We live in a multiracial and ethnically diverse world. As a school, we work to ensure that our community is a place that supports the intellectual, physical, and social-emotional growth of our students. We work with and across our cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds in a spirit of inclusion. We design our curriculum and programs in a way that encourages dialogue, uses our diversity as a catalyst for understanding, and encourages a greater awareness of the diversity of cultures around the world.
Waynflete takes deliberate steps to enroll a diverse student body that represents the diversity of our region. One way we began this work was to establish the Global Community Scholars Program in 2005. Each year, we intentionally enroll a cohort of students from the immigrant and resettled refugee community in Greater Portland. We seek to enroll students of color and those from diverse ethnic backgrounds and bring to our school their knowledge and experiences.
We are intentional about offering programming and opportunities for dialogue to increase our understanding of each other and work towards a more inclusive, equitable, and affirming community. We seek to diversify our faculty and provide professional development opportunities that improve our ability to provide a safe, affirming, and intellectually rich experience for all our students.
Religion, Spirituality, and Religious Observances
Waynflete is a non-sectarian school that is enriched by the religious and spiritual diversity in our school community. There are many faith traditions represented in the practices of our students and their families. We believe that religious and spiritual diversity presents an opportunity for mutual education about our different and shared beliefs, values, and traditions.
Waynflete seeks to affirm and support the religious and spiritual practices and observances of students and families. We provide space for reflection or prayer, accommodate dress requirements in all our programs, and support dietary needs when we are able. We try to avoid as much as possible conflict between religious holiday observances and school commitments. We recognize that there will be times when religious observances conflict with the school calendar. We reference many religious holidays in our master calendar and ask our faculty to plan assignments, tests, and school events accordingly. We encourage parents to notify the school in advance so that students may be excused from (or have school obligations modified for) religious holiday observances. The school does not close in observance of any religious holidays, but we will work with students as much as possible to allow their full participation in both school and family religious events.
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
Respect and appreciation for everyone—individuals and families, in all their variety and complexity—is core to our work as an inclusive community.
Gender and gender self-expression affect a student’s experience across the grades. Waynflete includes gender and sexuality development as part of our comprehensive health and wellness curriculum. We believe that exploring gender and sexual identity development with students at age-appropriate points is essential. We are guided by extensive research that shows that children raised in an atmosphere of openness grow up healthier, delay involvement, and manage associated risks better.
We recognize that sexual orientation, gender expression, and identity are distinct in the experience of individuals. Knowing this, we seek to be a safe and welcoming school for transgender and gender non-conforming students, parents, faculty and staff.
We partner with parents and guardians to assist with the myriad of questions and challenges that arise as children develop their sense of selves. In our curriculum, encourage students to think critically about social and gender roles, feel confident asking questions at each grade level, and help them clarify values at the heart of positive relationships with self and others. Understanding and being able to anticipate important milestones in one’s own growth and development is critical to the healthy development of the whole person.
Waynflete is committed to enrolling an economically diverse student body. The school awards over $4 million dollars in financial assistance, with roughly 40% of families receiving some level of financial support. We work hard to ensure that all students have the ability to fully participate in all of our curricular and extra-curricular programs. If a student or family is unable to fully participate because of financial considerations, we encourage them to speak with the appropriate division director to see what the school can do to be helpful.
In various parts of our curriculum, we address the challenges associated with the economically stratified society in which we live. Waynflete’s programs seeks to bring together our community based on a shared sense of mission, purpose, and values. We attempt to deal honestly with the societal tensions among the poor, working class, middle class, and the wealthy and to have our school community benefit from the knowledge and experiences of students whose families differ economically.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion News
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs and Resources
- Black History Month: Since 1976, the month has been designated to remember the contributions of people of the African Diaspora.
- Women’s History Month: Started in 1987, Women’s History Month recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society.
- National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Increases awareness of issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month: Raises awareness of the autoimmune disease.
- Celebrate Diversity Month: Started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, people get a deeper understanding of each other.
- Autism Awareness Month: Raises awareness about the developmental disorder that affects children’s social and communication skills.
- Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States in May 1843, and marks the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1869.
- Older Americans Month: Established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life.
- Jewish American Heritage Month: Recognizes the diverse contributions of the Jewish people to American culture.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month: Recognizes the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on the world. The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day.
- Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15): Corresponds with Mexican Independence Day celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the 1810 revolution that ended Spanish rule.
- National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Increases understanding of employment barriers that still need to be addressed.
- LGBT History Month: This U.S. observance started in 1994 recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement.
- Native American Heritage Month: Celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans.
Download the full list of religious observances from the Anti-Defamation League
Resources for Faculty, Parents and Student on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Topics
- “Pronoun Privilege” by Elizabeth Reis, New York Times Op-Ed, 9/25/2016.
- “How to Raise a Feminist Son” by Claire Cain Miller, New York Times, 6/2/2017.
- “Need to Go on a ‘Tech Diet’? Current Ways to Fight Your Tech Addiction” by Tina Nazerian, EdSurge, 2/9/2018.
- Sticks and Stones: When Kids Use the N-Word
- Straight Talk About the N Word
- Washington Post: We Need to Talk to Our Kids About Race
- Slate: Teaching Tolerance: How White Parents Should Talk to their Kids About Race
- NY Times Parenting Blog: Talking About Racism with White Kids
- Lifehacker: How to Talk About Race with your Kids
- Empowering Adopted Children of Color in the Face of Racism and Discrimination
- Black Girl in Maine – Black Girl in Maine is Shay Stewart-Bouley, a Chicago-raised woman who relocated to Maine in 2002 and is as the Executive Director of Community Change Inc., a civil rights organization in Boston, MA. She writes about race, class, social issues and sometimes even motherhood.
- Search the Waynflete Library Catalog
– a bibliography of library resources including academic books,
memoirs, and picture books. One can sort the list by clicking on the
button with the AZ/arrow pointing down. Contact school librarians Laurel Daly or Emily Graham for assistance.
- Blindsport: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald, 2013.Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups—without our awareness or conscious control—shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential.
- Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt, 2015. Chronicles a journey of the Maineses, who came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, to accept and embrace Wyatt’s transition to Nicole, and to undergo an emotionally wrenching transformation of their own that would change all their lives forever.Granted wide-ranging access to personal diaries, home videos, clinical journals, legal documents, medical records, and the Maineses themselves, Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this immersive account.
- The Mask You Live In (Netflix, Not Rated but recommended for age 15+) – explores how our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it. Focused on adolescents and teenagers, as well as external influences (media, cultural expectations, institutions) and familial influences (parents, friends, etc.).
- Miss Representation (2011, Netflix, Not Rated but recommended for age 14+) – explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women.The film interweaves stories from teenage girls with interviews to look at the media and its message. Includes a social action campaign to address change in policy, education and call for socially responsible business.
- 25 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias, and Identity with Students, compiled by Michael Gonchar, New York Times, 3/15/2017. 25 short New York Times documentaries that range in time from 1 to 7 minutes and tackle issues of race, bias and identity. To help teachers make the most of these films, also provides several teaching ideas, related readings and student activities.
- Seeing White – a fourteen-part documentary series, released in 2017, Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into questions like Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? Featuring an array of leadings scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjari Kumanyika.
- Code Switch – a team of NPR journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.
Diversity and Equity Committee (DEC) is comprised of volunteer faculty and staff representatives from across the school. Members of the committee act as facilitators for racial, ethnic, economic, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, and religious diversity. The DEC supports the ongoing diversity work at our school, generates resources, and promotes professional development opportunities.
The Parent Inclusion and Equity Committee is a volunteer group that supports the school’s commitment to diversity. Committee members organize presentations and discussions with faculty, students, and families. Each year, the committee will also actively support school events such as the New England Youth Identity Summit.
The committee has compiled a list of resources on topics of inclusion around gender, race, and mental health with supporting annotations for parents and students
Upper School Activities
PRIDE – GSTA – Gay Straight Transgender Alliance
Waynflete’s GSTA promotes meaningful and respectful communication. We work in the school to encourage everyone to take responsibility for their words and actions and we attempt to increase understanding by creating a safe and thoughtful environment.
Click here to view “Gender Inquiry: Thinking Beyond the Binary,” a parent presentation.
RAAW- Racial Awareness at Waynflete
This activity is for students who are interested in extended discussion, who are willing to examine closely and deeply how race affects us at Waynflete and in the world, and for students who like to eat! We meet during lunch and activities to talk about race in our community and beyond. In addition, we have a fall retreat, sponsor a movie night and Martin Luther King Jr. activities.
Conferences & Workshops
Waynflete faculty and staff members are engaged in professional development around issues of diversity through workshops, conferences, and all-faculty discussions around these issues.
Here are some of the workshops and conferences regularly attended:
- NAIS People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)
- Racial Equity Institute
- White Privilege Conference
- Georgetown Day School Equity Collaborative
- Diversity Directions Independent School Seminar
Through our Parent Diversity Committee, we are able to promote and sponsor events throughout the year that allow parents/guardians to build a deeper understanding about diversity awareness and how diversity is necessary to build and sustain community. Check the school calendar for upcoming events.
National Museum of African American History & Culture
Why Us? Why Now?
Since the opening of the museum, the number one question people ask us is how to talk about race. Every year we’ve refined our signature program, “Let’s Talk! Teaching Race in the Classroom,” and now we want to share what we’ve learned.
Lower School Resources
Safe Space Radio – Talking to White Kids About Race and Racism
This podcast hosted by Portland psychiatrist Anne Halsward explores how to talk to white kids about race, why it’s hard for us to do, and how to change.
This website has resources for parents and educators. Their goal is: “Let’s Raise a Generation of Children Who Are Thoughtful, Informed, and Brave About Race.” https://www.embracerace.org/
Children Are Not Colorblind
This powerful piece explains what children learn about race and racism and what caregivers can do to help children have less biased thinking. https://wf-link.org/not-color-blind
How Kids Learn About Race
This video and transcript from an EmbraceRace webinar is an opportunity to listen to Dr. Erin Winkler describe what children learn about race and how they learn it, and how they can learn more accurate information.
Please note that due to high demand, you may find more success when purchasing from local booksellers, whether that is physical books, digital books, or audiobooks.
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeomo Oluo (High School/Adult)
- This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewel and Aurelia Durand (High Schoo/Adult)
- This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins (High School/Adult)
- Whistling Vivaldi by Dr. Claude Steele (High School/Adult)
- The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris
- How to Be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram Kendi (High School/Adult)
- Stamped from the Beginning by Dr. Ibram Kendi (High School/Adult)
- Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You: A Remix by Jason Reynolds & Dr. Ibram Kendi (Middle School/High School/Adult)
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston (Middle School/High School/Adult)
- A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory (Elementary School/Middle School)
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (High School/Adult)
- Just Mercy: Adapted for Young Adults by Bryan Stevenson (Middle School/High School)
- Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice by Dana Wi
- #BlackLivesMatter NYU Press
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
White Anti-Racist Resources
Raising Anti-Racist Children
Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults
31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’
Fare of the Free Child podcast
PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup from Pretty Good
The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon
Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists
”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant”by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)
The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine
Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups> developed by Craig Elliott PhD
”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)
“America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)
“How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)
I grew up in poverty. Here’s why I recognize my white privilege – Tom Rietz
1619 (New York Times)
Code Switch (NPR)
Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
Fare of the Free Child podcast
13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
Pariah (Dee Rees) – Available to rent
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins) – Available to rent
Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
King In The Wilderness — HBO
See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
- Antiracism Center: >Twitter
- Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Support Local Black-Owned Businesses
The Washington Post
How black and white families are talking about racism in a time of reckoning
The New York Times Magazine
The 1619 Project
Raising Race Conscious Children
“That’s Not Fair!” And the Concept of Protest
100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice
A Resource for Talking About Race with Young Children
So Let’s Talk About ___
How to Respond to “Riots Never Solve Anything!”
Videos, Films, and TV Series
Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival (PBS)
Immaculate Perception: Jerry Kang at TEDx San Diego
I Just Wanna Live
How Microaggressions Are Like Mosquito Bites
If Microaggressions Happened to White People
Anti-bias Lessons Help Preschoolers Hold Up a Mirror to Diversity
Bias Isn’t Just a Police Problem, It’s a Preschool Problem
Film & TV Series
13th – Netflix
American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
King In The Wilderness — HBO
See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
Queen and Slim (Lena Waithe) — Hulu
A Class Divided (Jane Elliot) — YouTube
Time: The Kalief Browder Story — Netflix
The Life and Death of Martha P. Johnson — Netflix
Other Organizations to Support
Petitions at change.org
Justice for Breonna Taylor
Life Sentence for Police Brutality
Raise The Degree
Charge All Four Officers