Equity & Community Engagement at Kent Denver School
Kent Denver fosters a culture where all differences and identities across gender, ability, religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and economic background are valued, celebrated and recognized as an essential quality of the education offered in our dynamic learning environment.
What we teach tells us who matters and what is worth learning.
Therefore, it is essential that our curriculum reflect diverse perspectives and that cultural competency is embedded deeply in the curriculum across all departments and disciplines. By doing so, our students will learn how to engage with different perspectives, think critically and develop solutions by connecting with others to bring out the collective best—skills that will serve them well in college and beyond.
Embracing diverse perspectives strengthens our school culture and educational programs and bolsters students’ ability to identify, analyze and act on issues of equality, justice and inclusion.
We are serious about our responsibility to provide the academic and social–emotional skills necessary for students to successfully engage in a culturally diverse world.
Meet the Equity & Community Engagement Team
Director of Equity and Community Engagement
❝DEI at Kent Denver is not a program, it's a practice. This practice requires us to be agile, humble learners and respectful, compassionate champions of both differences and commonalities. This practice fosters true inclusion and belonging and is the foundation of academic excellence.❞
❝DEI work requires humility, honesty, and a commitment to growth. It’s not about having all the answers, it’s about knowing you don’t and finding the courage to face that truth.
As educators, we must seek feedback, listen to underrepresented groups in our community and constantly question which voices guide institutional decision making.❞
❝Diversity, equity and inclusion is at its heart aspirational and hopeful work. It is the belief and unwavering commitment to building a community that recognizes and seeks to end injustices, celebrates our unique journeys and stories, and connects to one another with empathy, kindness, and compassion. ❞
Dr. Lucas Carmichael
❝The Upper School community service program provides an extraordinary opportunity for student development through direct engagement with diverse communities on and off campus. While volunteering with a wide variety of non-profit organizations, students increase their awareness of social and environmental concerns, reflect on the impact they can have on others, and expand their sense of agency and responsibility. Volunteering reinforces our commitment to foster a culture of appreciation for all differences and identities to build a caring, diverse community of responsible citizens and ethical leaders. ❞
Service Learning Coordinator
❝Social responsibility is such an important part of the Kent Denver experience. In learning about and researching important issues, our students develop a greater sense of empathy and care for the world around them while exploring ways to make a positive impact in the community. The Middle School Service Learning program prepares students with the knowledge and experience they need to be change-makers as they move forward in high school, college and beyond!❞
Sponsor: Upper School
Gender & Sexuality Alliance
❝If what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said is true, that 'the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,' then our work around Equity, Community Engagement, and Diversity makes that arc more defined. We are pleased to be part of that work in the GSA, and I believe that we have a crucial role in helping us be a better, kinder, and more inclusive community.❞
Sponsor: Middle School
Gender & Sexuality Alliance
❝When students feel a sense of belonging, when they are seen, heard, respected, and celebrated for all parts of their identities, real community is built.
When there is greater diversity within this community opportunities abound for people to learn, grow, and widen the apertures of how they view the world.❞
Dr. Sam Gubitz
Ethics Day Coordinator
❝At Kent Denver, we're educating the next generation of leaders. Our students are passionate about exploring ethical dilemmas in our modern world and communities, as we see every Ethics Day from the plethora of student-led seminars we offer.
A strong ethical foundation is essential for every good citizen, and we build that foundation here through events like Ethics Day.❞
Ethics Day Coordinator
"The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings." —Albert Schweitzer
❝This quote stresses the deep and intricate interplay between ethical thinking and our school’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Through Ethics Day, we encourage students to engage with difficult issues and consider a variety of perspectives with humility and openness. Ethical thinking influences our interactions with others, steering us toward paths of integrity, compassion, and responsible decision-making. Ethical considerations compel us to embrace fairness and justice.❞
Read Kent Denver's DEI Plan and updates.