Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
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 initiatives are overseen by a dedicated committee of the board of trustees and our director of equity, inclusion, and belonging. Results of these initiatives are incorporated throughout the Belmont Day School experience:
- A collection of library materials enhances the academic program and social-emotional learning; book groups, workshops, and diversity trainings are hosted for faculty, parents, and students; speakers on a variety of diversity-related topics have presented at the school; and action teams 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, inclusion, and belonging 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 equity, inclusion, and belonging (EIB) 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.
- We facilitate social identity discussion groups for parents who identify as Black/African American-identified and Hispanic/Latino/Latinx; for White-identified parents raising Black/African American-identified and Hispanic/Latino/Latinx-identified children; for Asian- and Asian-American-identified parents; for parents of students with transgender or non-binary identities; and an anti-racist allyship group for White-identified parents;. In addition, the Interfaith and Worldview group is for those seeking opportunities to gather together to explore religion, culture, and worldview.
- Students also have the opportunity to participate in social identity discussion groups. The groups may change each year, depending on the needs of our middle school students who express interest in participation through a survey.
BDS Ally Pact
B is for Belonging
Learn more about how we work collaboratively to build and provide a thoughtful, engaging, enriching, and developmentally appropriate equity, inclusion, and belonging curriculum for our students.