Diversity & Inclusion
Honoring Our Similarities & Differences
We believe that honoring diversity means embracing both the visible and invisible differences among individuals including, but not limited to, race, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, perspectives, physical ability, education, family composition, sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Diversity and inclusion are essential to a well-rounded education that promotes intellectual curiosity, academic excellence and moral growth. Children learn best when they are known, valued, respected, connected and safe, which is why we advocate for the dignity, well-being, and sense of belonging of each student and family. We offer our students an opportunity to know a better world - one where love and understanding set the tone; where they can create personal connections that go beyond stereotypes; and where they can explore, listen to, and learn from others in a safe and nurturing environment. This task is never-ending in an ever-changing world. But by challenging students in this way, we can help them grow into leaders who think critically, communicate and collaborate effectively, and value others.
Grounded in Our Episcopal Identity
Our Episcopal Identity is the foundation for all we do and who we are, and it guides us in our mission to develop the whole child. As an Episcopal school, we balance our core identity as a Christian institution while welcoming many voices and perspectives. We remain committed to inclusivity because we believe a diversity of ideas lays the groundwork for a well-rounded education and enriches the academic experience. Our differences are sources of strength that deepen our common humanity and enhance the intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and moral development of our students.
We champion diversity in all its forms. It's one of our four core values, and we enact policies and programs to promote diversity and inclusion at all levels of our school community. Of course, when we say "diversity," we mean much more than racial and ethnic diversity, though those are the most visible examples. It also can mean differences in things like culture, religion, perspectives, or socioeconomic status. We are a community of different backgrounds and voices. Celebrating our differences and commonalities deepens our understanding connection to ourselves, to one another, and to God.
Celebrating Diversity in All Its Forms
"By exploring social and moral issues, students begin to evaluate critically their own beliefs and biases. They learn from the perspectives and experiences of others, grapple with complexity, and develop the skills to become contributing members of a global and pluralistic society."
— National Association of Episcopal Schools
Allowing our students to explore, understand and honor human stories, experiences and identities promotes an inclusive and safe learning environment where students can bring their whole selves. Through our curriculum, children develop the capacity to recognize and acknowledge prejudices and discrimination in themselves, in others and within institutions.
Conversations around race, diversity, equity and inclusion can be sensitive and complex, but our goal is to create a culture of growth and belonging. With resources ranging from books to workshops, we're educating our community on the importance of intent vs. impact and working through those difficult conversations.
Voices & Perspectives
Learn how we're building relationships in the Austin community by bringing in guest speakers and celebrating various cultural holidays and values.
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Viji Panda works with faculty, staff and the board of trustees to ensure that diversity and inclusion initiatives are integrated throughout the school, as defined by our mission and core values and guided our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan and the NAES Principles of Good Practice for Equity & Justice. Viji is a member of our leadership team.
NAES Best Practices
As an Episcopal school, we view differences as sources of strength that deepen our common humanity and enhance the development of the whole child, including social, physical, emotional and spiritual growth. The National Association of Episcopal Schools provides best practices that help guide our initiatives for diversity and inclusion.
Trinity Episcopal School admits qualified students regardless of race, color, nationality, ethnicity, religion, physical disability, socioeconomic status, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, ethnicity, religion, physical disability, socioeconomic status, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation in the administration of any policies or programs generally accorded or made available to students at the school.