Commitments & Initiatives
The current diversity statement was approved by the Kinkaid Board of Trustees in May 2005 and can be found here.
During the 2020-21 school year, conversations about the best ways to form Affinity Groups continue to take place. Affinity groups are an important tool for reducing the sense of isolation, discomfort, and marginalization many students can feel even in the most mission-centered school communities.
The purpose of these groups would be for students to have a positive and constructive context to explore and affirm topics of shared identity and experience with the support of the school leadership and faculty.
This approach helps to strengthen our community and to cultivate students’ confidence in themselves and their place at Kinkaid, so they can grow into young leaders. Affinity groups help fulfill our school's mission statement, preparing students “to lead, serve, and become contributing citizens to Kinkaid, our country, and the global community.”
Director of DEI
The Kinkaid School appointed Mujidat Shotonws as the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the 2021-22 school year. Ms. Shotonwa will serve as member of the senior administrative team and will serve as the coordinator of DEI initiatives for the School.
The People of Color Conference in conjunction with the Student Leadership Diversity Conference meets on an annual basis to equip educators at every level, and upper school students with knowledge, skills and experiences to improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic and intercultural climate in their schools. For over 15 years Kinkaid has sent a dedicated team of faculty and staff to the PoCC and beginning in 2017 the Upper School Student Diversity Leadership Board (SDLB) began sending up to six students to attend. In 2020, 32 faculty and staff will attend the online conference along with six members of the SDLB.
Listening sessions conducted over the summer
Individuals who attended listening sessions
Hours of skills training sessions since June 2020
Skills training sessions held for various groups in the School
Individuals who attended skills training sessions