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. Trinity is a place where people of all faiths, traditions and backgrounds are welcomed, and where every person's dignity is respected.
One of 4 Core Values
One of our four core values is "Diverse Community." We believe a diverse and inclusive community is essential to a well-rounded education that promotes intellectual curiosity, academic excellence and moral growth. For our children to be successful and productive citizens in our ever-changing world, they must learn to explore, understand and value others in a safe, nurturing and diverse environment.
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.