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.
Thank you, Kent Denver Community, for your enthusiastic support of our school's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) plan for 2020-21.
Please read this year's plan, if you haven't done so already, then refer to the Latest News section on this page for an overview of progress updates.
Our Thoughts About DEI
We must have the strength to lean into discomfort, acknowledge past transgressions and implement a clear, decisive plan for the future.
This 12-month plan is the most comprehensive DEI initiative in Kent Denver School's history. Informed by feedback from students, parents, teachers, staff, alumni and Trustees—and reviewed by nationally-recognized DEI experts prior to publication—this plan builds on the DEI work that has been underway for several years. It defines the measurable actions we must take to become an anti-racist school and 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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