Each year, Brooks sends four faculty and staff members to the People of Color Conference, the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning.
Brooks School Commitment to Diversity and Equity
To achieve our mission “to provide the most meaningful educational experience our students will have in their lives,” Brooks School is building a community where each one of us need not hide behind a mask, and can feel valued and affirmed in our true identity. These identifiers include race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, religion, physical ability, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, learning styles, family structure, language and geographic place of origin.
We believe a diverse community enriches the lives of each member, and in this spirit we welcome individuals who support these values. We strive to assure that our students, in all of the physical and virtual aspects of Brooks School, will see themselves reflected in our curricula and in the faces of our trustees, administrators, teachers, and staff. We work to create a school where we are able to recognize our similarities and differences and where each individual has a voice to engage in courageous conversations with mutual empathy and respect.
We acknowledge the aspirations of this statement and the challenges of working together toward equity. We welcome these challenges and commit ourselves to creating a school that embraces the full identity of each of our students, their families, and all of our employees.
campus Affinity & Interest Groups
Asian & Asian-American Alliance (AAA)
AAA is an affinity & interest group for students who identify as Asian and/or Asian-American or students who want to learn more about various Asian cultures represented on campus and across the world. Advisor: Deanna Stuart
Alianza Latina (AL)
Alianza is an affinity group for students who share Latinx or Hispanic heritage. Advisors: Lillian Miller, Peter Neissa
Black Students Union (BSU)
BSU is an affinity group for any student who identifies as Black, African or African-American. Advisors: Eddie Carson, Shaunielle McDonald
Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
GSA functions as both an affinity group for anyone in the LGBTQIA+ community and an interest group for people who wish to serve as allies and friends to community members. Advisors: Rebecca Binder, Kenneth Griffith, Steph Holmes
International Club (IC)
IC serves as an interest group for students and community members wanting to learn more about global communities. Advisor: Reid Wyatt
Jewish Students’ Organization (JSO)
JSO functions as an affinity group for Jewish students, observant and non-observant to gather and be in community and celebration of their shared heritage as well as to advocate on behalf of Jewish community members. Advisors: Dusty Richard, Jenelle Ries
Students Embracing Culture (SEC)
SEC serves as an interest group for students to engage in programming and discussions to learn more about varied perspectives and the experiences of people across different segments of the population. Advisor: Shaunielle McDonald
Women Incorporated (WINC)
WINC serves as an affinity group for female identified students to engage in work and discussions pertaining to gender equality. Advisor: Gage Dobbins
Members of our community represented 26 nations at the annual Flag and Heritage celebration in chapel.
Roseann Sdoia lost part of her leg in the 2013 terrorist attack and shared all of her powerful story about deciding to keep moving forward, no matter what.
Brooks' Asian American Association's Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival brings cultures together on campus to enjoy stories, sights, and delicious snacks!
Games and adventure activities, rafting and beach fun: Brooks' annual class trips day offered students a fun opportunity to bond with classmates on- and off-campus.
Students explored nearly 50 options for groups to join on campus during our annual club fair.
Gatherings, games and good times: The Brooks community enjoyed getting acquainted with our newest members on campus today!
Diversity Leadership Council
The Office of Diversity Initiatives supports a number of programs and clubs on campus with the goal of increasing our community wide understanding of various experiences and perspectives. The collaborative work of adults and students increases our awareness and practice as an inclusive institution working towards our school’s mission statement which inspired our Commitment to Diversity and Equity. In development is a diversity strategic plan that will guide us in decision making and enable us to evaluate our progress. Among our tasks, the council:
- works in collaboration with the Director of Diversity Initiatives
- leads adults in conversation and helps guide students and faculty in multicultural education
- assists in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body and faculty
- promotes empathy and cultural understanding in our classes, teams, dorms, even choice of plays
- provides access to resources and training for multicultural education to the members of our community