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. 

Brooks School's Parents Committee hosts this sweet annual tradition featuring a buffet of Halloween treats for students, faculty and staff to enjoy!

Brooks School celebrates our annual Flag and Heritage Ceremony, in observance of United Nations Day, with a procession of country flags representing our student body and special remarks.

Save the date: Family Weekend is an opportunity for parents and special friends of Brooks students to meet with teachers and advisors. Attend mini-classes, meet with your student's advisor, watch athletic contests, and much more. Families are welcome to enjoy our game-day hospitality tent on the athletic fields. RSVP and see the full schedule HERE. We look forward to seeing you!

Enjoy student demonstrations in the studios and on the theater stage - including performances by members of advanced jazz band, jazz band and rock band - to kick off Family Weekend!

Parents, please join us for the formal opening of Brooks' Student Art Show in the Robert Lehman Art Center, followed by a parent reception to kick off Family Weekend! The mixed-media art show will feature Center for the Arts work from students participating in the arts this fall.


Save the date: Family Weekend - held this year on October 18 and 19 - is an opportunity for the parents and special friends of Brooks students to meet with teachers and advisors. RSVP and see the full schedule HERE. We look forward to seeing you!

Current parents are welcome to campus for our new Parent Dinner Series program this fall. Parents will pick one of five dates during which to enjoy an evening of conversation with Head of School John Packard and other current families. *Please note: This date is intended for long-distance, boarding families. Cocktails and dinner will be served. Please RSVP here. We look forward to seeing you!

A mixed media exhibit of student work from Brooks' Center for the Arts opens today and will be on display through October 30, with a formal opening on October 18. Come see the sampling of Fall 2019 works from students participating in the arts! Visit the Lehman Art Center page for more information about our gallery shows this year. All are welcome!

Former chief of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Justice John Broderick will speak to students in Chapel and share information about the R.E.A.C.T. Mental Health Awareness Campaign, which provides tips to deal with signs of emotional suffering and resources for support and help.

Current parents are welcome to campus for our new Parent Dinner Series program this fall. Parents will pick one of five dates during which to enjoy an evening of conversation with Head of School John Packard and other current families. Cocktails and dinner will be served. Select the date that works best for you and RSVP here. We look forward to seeing you!

Current parents are welcome to campus for our new Parent Dinner Series program this fall. Parents will pick one of five dates during which to enjoy an evening of conversation with Head of School John Packard and other current families. Cocktails and dinner will be served. Select the date that works best for you and RSVP here. We look forward to seeing you!

Community Stories

Brooks is thrilled to welcome seven new faculty members this fall. Get to know them with us: The educators took a quick quiz about their motivations, passions and surprising talents (one trains horses; another makes his own candles). See their A+ answers!

Read more about Meet the New Teachers

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