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.
"Classmates become friends — friends who help you study, help you learn, and offer diverse and intriguing perspectives on the world."
John Fritz '20
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.
Alianza Latina (AL)
Alianza is an affinity group for students who share Latinx or Hispanic heritage.
Black Students Union (BSU)
BSU is an affinity group for any student who identifies as Black, African or African-American.
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.
International Club (IC)
IC serves as an interest group for students and community members wanting to learn more about global communities.
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.
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.
Women Incorporated (WINC)
WINC serves as an affinity group for female identified students to engage in work and discussions pertaining to gender equality.
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, students will explore the challenges of being our authentic selves - with guest speaker social justice education scholar Jamila Lyiscott - and in student- and faculty-run workshops on related topics.
Brooks is excited to welcome the author of our 2020 All-Community Read, "The Road to Sparta," ultra-marathon runner Dean Karnazes, to speak to students about his life and work. The book, chosen by the World Languages Department, is the athlete's account of running the Spartathlon under the same conditions that Pheiddippides did in ancient times, eating and drinking only what was available in his day, while at the same time competing against the most elite ultra-marathoners of today.
Potter Laura Nichols and her "Playing With Fire: Risk and Reward" exhibit of burnished horse hair raku, obvara raku, pit-fired and sagger-fired pottery opens in the Robert Lehman Art center today. The works will be on display through January 25, with an opening reception tonight from 6-8 p.m. All are welcome! Visit the Robert Lehman Art Center page for gallery hours and details.
Hooray, Winter Term 2020 gets underway today! The intensive courses will run through January 25.
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, social justice educator Jamila Lyiscott spoke to students and challenged them to consider their language — and its relationship to racism and power.
Ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes, who penned this year's All-Community Read, shares his thoughts about speaking at Brooks, where he'll take us behind the scenes of his bestselling book and inspiring adventures!
Fresh classes, and updates to favorite ones, make Brooks School's ninth Winter Term more exciting than ever!
Outstanding alumni athletes and a longtime coach were inducted into Brooks' Athletics Hall of Fame with a touching celebration during the school's annual Homecoming.
An international photographic exhibition, featuring portraits and interviews with 200 women around the world, challenges and inspires students with stories of strength and hope.
Professional development throughout the school year allows educators to learn and grow so they can best help their pupils do the same.
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