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: Shaunielle McDonald, Jose Powell

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

Family Weekend is an opportunity for parents and special friends of Brooks students to meet with teachers and advisors. Click HERE to RSVP.

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's rock band will perform on the main stage of our new Center for the Arts. All are welcome!

The school community will ring in the holiday season at our annual event in the Chapel. Students and faculty offer readings as well as sing and play festive carols. The service, which originated in the King's College Chapel, symbolizes humanity's universal longing for peace.

Parents of current students are invited to come watch class presentations, explore the Winter Term curriculum and talk to students and teachers. A reception with refreshments will follow!

Bring a guest, bring your kids: All alumni and company are welcome on the ice. Join us! To see who's coming and RSVP, please click HERE.

Hit the ice with your Brooks teammates for a co-ed alumni game. Who will win: white or green? Lunch will follow for alumni players and their guests. To see who's playing and RSVP, click HERE!

The annual 100 Days until Graduation event (this year a dessert reception for the Class of 2019!) is held to inform sixth-formers about what their connection to Brooks will be like as alumni. The Alumni Office also takes this opportunity to talk with students about what it means to donate to Brooks, and works toward 100 percent participation in the Class of 2019 Gift.

Mixed-media artist Kristi Kohut's exhibit opens in The Robert Lehman Art Center on Brooks School's campus. Kohut's work will be on display through April 3, with a formal opening reception on February 28. All are welcome!

For gallery hours, news and information about upcoming exhibits and past events, visit the Lehman Art Center page.

Join us for the opening night of Brooks School's production of "Hairspray," the Tony Award-winning musical about dancing, dreams and integration, set in Baltimore in 1962. Tickets are free and all are welcome!

Join us for Brooks School's production of "Hairspray," the Tony Award-winning musical about dancing, dreams and integration, set in Baltimore in 1962. Tickets are free and all are welcome!

Join us for the closing night of Brooks School's production of "Hairspray," the Tony Award-winning musical about dancing, dreams and integration, set in Baltimore in 1962. Tickets are free and all are welcome!

Please join the alumni board for a volunteer event in your area: Alums will be gathering in Boston, Chicago, Lawrence, Mass., New York and Washington, D.C. to give back in their local communities. Learn more, RSVP and see who's coming HERE.

The Parents Committee treats Brooks faculty and staff to a luncheon on campus to say thank you for all that they do!

Brooks welcomes a guest speaker to the annual Chapel service that remembers the late Katherine (Kippy) Liddle and honors outstanding achievements, accomplishments and the character of female athletes at Brooks. The Brooks community gathers each year to pay tribute to Liddle, a Brooks history teacher, assistant crew coach and dorm parent who died while protecting the life of a student during a boating accident in 1984.

Parents, save the date for this annual dinner offering parents and faculty a chance to connect (and reconnect) off campus.

Motivational speaker Travis Roy, who was paralyzed during a college hockey game accident, will share with students his inspiring story of surviving spinal cord injury, living as a quadriplegic and becoming a disability advocate. Roy is the author of "Eleven Seconds: A Story of Tragedy, Courage & Triumph."

Students welcome their grandparents and special friends to campus for a morning of events. Highlights include classes with grandchildren, family photos, lunch in Wilder Dining Hall and a reception at the Head of School's house. Visit our event page to RSVP and see all the details.

This event is an opportunity for parents of soon-to-be graduates to get together - and reflect on their children's experience at Brooks - one last time before celebrating the sixth-formers' graduation.

Graduation weekend kicks off with this annual event celebrating our school year together.

Graduation weekend concludes with this milestone event, during which students share speeches and are awarded diplomas. (The chapel service for students begins at 9:30 a.m., and the ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m.)

Community Stories

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