Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Kent Denver School

What we teach tells us who matters and what is worth learning.

Therefore, it is essential that our curriculum and pedagogy 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.

DEI Plan: Launched October 2020

We invite you to read the plan in the slideshow below or download a PDF version.

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This plan represents the most comprehensive DEI initiative in Kent Denver School's history. It defines the measurable actions we must take to improve the experiences of all members of our community. 

We Are Accountable

As noted in Kent Denver's Promise to the community, our school will foster 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.

Our approach to this work is threefold:

  1. We ask our community to arrive with an empathy and equity forward perspective, to get curious and to understand that discomfort is a catalyst for growth and change.
  2. We believe empathy-building is a scholarly endeavor and that inclusion and cultural competency should be the topic of purposeful, continuous dialogue among all members of the community.
  3. To create a community based on respect for the dignity of each individual and a shared sense of responsibility for the well-being of one another, we must seek to understand privilege and confront overt and hidden biases in ourselves, others, our school, institutions and systems.
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Our Mission

Transforming lives of students and community through extraordinary educational experiences.

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Our Vision

Excellence in scholarship and character is the goal of a Kent Denver education. We seek to build a caring, diverse community of responsible citizens. To that end, our school provides a challenging college preparatory curriculum and sets high ethical standards.

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Our Promise

Kent Denver School will foster 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.

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Meet the Equity Team

Jason Mundy
Director

 

We ask our students to lean into discomfort as they tackle difficult topics such as calculus and physics. Talking about diversity, equity and inclusion is tough, too. As faculty, staff and administrators, we need to embrace the hard work ourselves—recognize our biases, challenge stereotypes, acknowledge weaknesses and strive to do better.

 

Adrian Barnes
Middle School
Diversity Coordinator

 

Diversity, equity and inclusion have always been at the forefront of my mind. This work is challenging yet fulfilling and allows teachers and students alike to express their identities. To lead and be a part of the change that is steadily happening not only at Kent Denver but also in the United States proves to me that anyone can make a difference in our society. No matter their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or socioeconomic status, our students, our teachers and our community have a voice.

Matt Bentley
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.

Taylor Pringle
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.

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Mary Fran Park
Sponsor: empowHERment

 

My time as a STEM educator, journey towards an anti-racist life, and Ed.D. studies at Johns Hopkins University have made me focus on the importance of Kimberlé Crenshaw's concept of intersectionality.

Thinking in the broadest sense, we must recognize the beauty and gifts of a multicultural community. No one identity defines us. KDS empowHERment strives to provide support and opportunities for all students and to build a more inclusive community.