Diversity & Inclusion
An equitable education is an ethical education.
Shady Side Academy is a diverse community of students and adults who share different cultural values and perspectives. We embrace each other's differences and backgrounds, and know that this diversity adds to the richness and depth of our students' overall learning experience. Faculty members work to ensure a safe and open environment where understanding is central to all, and students’ differences are celebrated as an integral part of the educational experience.
- Creating an inclusive environment where students feel welcomed, valued and appreciated
- Fostering a community of diverse perspectives to better prepare our students for a global society.
- Cultivating a community of cultural understanding, respect and social responsibility
- Declaration for a Diverse & Inclusive Community
- Student Clubs & Groups
- Conferences & Professional Development
In 2007, the Shady Side Academy Board of Trustees approved the following statement on the Academy's commitment to diversity:
As an Academy, we must cultivate, understand and embrace the differences among us as part of our educational endeavor. Academy leadership, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and students provide an example by fostering an environment of understanding and respect of all people. Further, we must instruct and empower children to challenge assumptions and ask questions in order to become responsible citizens in a diverse world. We believe that the recognition and appreciation of differences in race, socio-cultural status, religious tradition, age, gender, ability and sexual orientation enhance the individual's sense of identity, broaden respect for others and inspire strong character. As we strive for academic excellence, so shall we strive for richness and depth in the community life at Shady Side Academy. Through curriculum and informal school experiences, students at Shady Side Academy must appreciate and respect the inherent value of all people.
Diversity: Quantifiable. Understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences, along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical ability, religious belief, political belief or other ideologies.
Inclusion: Qualitative. People feel included and welcomed. It is the understanding and appreciation of intersecting identities while valuing the whole person and their perspective.
Equity: Actionable. Individuals receive the supports they need to gain access to resources – to help achieve equal outcomes.
The Senior School offers numerous clubs and groups for students who share a common interest, experience or identity, including:
- Asian Student Union
- Black Student Union (BSU)
- Christian Fellowship
- Democratic Student Union
- Diversity Leadership Council
- Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
- Italian Student Union
- Jewish Student Union
- LatinX Club
- Patriot Society
- Perspectives Club
- Who Run the World
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald)
Yardsticks: Child and Adolescent Development Ages 4-14 (by Chip Wood, Center for Responsive Schools)
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race (by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.)
Elmer (by David McKee)