Head of School John Packard's Letters to the Community
"We are grateful for the conversations this transformational movement aimed at stamping out racial injustice has generated on our campus and amongst so many in our community who are right to expect action more than sentiment ..."
"As we move from an unprecedented spring to a summer full of uncertainty about what lies ahead in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed more than 100,000 American lives, we are also wrestling with the pain and frustration that has followed the tragic killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis..."
As we strive to live the values of an antiracist community at Brooks School, it is important that we acknowledge watershed moments in Black history. June 19 is one of those watershed moments. Click to read Dean of Community Life Ashley Johnston's letter to the community about the recognition of Juneteenth.
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 community 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.
Diversity Leadership Council
The Diversity Leadership Council supports a number of programs, groups, and clubs on campus with the goal of increasing our community-wide understanding of various experiences and perspectives. The collaborative work of adults increases our awareness and practice as an inclusive institution working towards our school’s mission statement. Among our tasks, the council:
- works in collaboration with the Dean of Community Life Ashley Johnston.
- 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 all aspects of the school.
- provides access to resources and training for multicultural education to the members of our community.
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.
Women Incorporated (WINC)
WINC serves as an affinity group for female identified students to engage in work and discussions pertaining to gender equality.
"Classmates become friends — friends who help you study, help you learn, and offer diverse and intriguing perspectives on the world."
John Fritz '20