Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity Mission Statement
At Belmont Day School, we believe that a foundation of excellence in education is a diverse community where children and adults understand, appreciate, and celebrate differences. Through the process of recognizing and discussing differences, we discover similarities, shared values, and common goals. These shared values and goals are woven into our curriculum, which fosters critical thinking skills and empathy in our students and prepares them to enter a diverse world with responsibility and pride.
Belmont Day School welcomes people of all races, religions, family configurations, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, economic backgrounds, and cultural identities. We work together to nurture a community where listening, open dialogue, humor, and respect thrive.
Our commitment to equity and inclusion is central to our program.
Belmont Day School’s administration, faculty, staff, trustees, students of all ages, and families work collectively to create a supportive, encouraging atmosphere where equity prevails. Our diversity initiatives are overseen by a dedicated committee of the board of trustees, the Braiding Different Strands Committee, and our director of equity and inclusion. Results of these initiatives are incorporated throughout the Belmont Day School experience:
- Braiding Different Strands has created a collection of library materials; organized book groups, workshops, and diversity training for faculty, parents, and students; hosted speakers on a variety of diversity-related topics; and created action teams that focus on admissions, student and adult affinity groups, and faculty recruitment and retention.
- Each year some of our students attend the AISNE Middle School Diversity Conference and the AISNE Middle School Students of Color Conference. In 2014, Belmont Day hosted the AISNE Middle School Students of Color Conference and in 2019 hosted the AISNE Middle School Students of Color Conference.
- Our director of equity and inclusion plants seeds of awareness through structured classroom lessons, community events, and strategies to diversify voices in curriculum and promote inclusive classroom practices.
- Faculty engage in regular Friday afternoon professional development workshops on DEI throughout the year and an all-day exploration of race. Each year a faculty contingent attends the NAIS People of Color Conference and many faculty engage in other local and national professional development opportunities centered around social justice.
- For parents, we facilitate social identity groups for parents who identify as Black or Brown; for White-identified parents; for White-identified parents raising Black- or Brown-identified children; and for Asian-identified parents. In addition, Parenting for Social Justice, is an a inclusive group for those seeking an opportunity to gather together to explore topics related to DEI.
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BDS Ally Pact
Y[our] DEI Update
Read Dr. Hoyt's reflection on year 1 as director of equity and inclusion and how we continue to work collaboratively to build and provide a thoughtful, engaging, enriching, and developmentally appropriate DEI curriculum for our students.