Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan
Promoting Intellectual Curiosity, Spiritual Growth and a Strong Community
We believe diversity embraces 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. 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. With this foundation, our students are prepared to think critically, collaborate effectively and lead as they navigate the world beyond Trinity.
Part of Our Episcopal Identity
What makes Trinity different from other schools and institutions who seek diversity within their organizations? Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is firmly embedded in our Episcopal Identity, which defines what we believe: we are all children of God. It is our responsibility to proclaim God’s love for all, to love our neighbor as ourselves, to strive for justice and peace, and to respect the dignity of every human being. The Episcopal tradition values learning through open and rigorous intellectual inquiry. We seek wisdom from many different places and voices; we welcome a community of many faiths and experiences to have the opportunity to learn from each other and have a deeper understanding of our own beliefs; and we celebrate and rejoice in the richness and understanding that diversity brings. This is the foundation and the fundamental “why” of our work at Trinity. It is the basis for our mission and our four core values — a Christian foundation, enriched academic excellence, a diverse community and commitment to family.
So, how does diversity and inclusion benefit our students? Scientific American published an article, “How Diversity Makes Us Smarter,” which determined “being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent, and harder-working.” We become more empathetic and better problem solvers, plus, “if you want to build teams or organizations capable of innovating, you need diversity." Since our founding in 1999, we have worked hard to build a diverse and inclusive community—one that is strengthened by our similarities and differences, and where the dignity of every member of our community is respected. We intentionally honors its commitment to diversity and inclusion through institutional policies, a curriculum that integrates multiculturalism, ideals of equity and justice, professional development for faculty and staff, programs, community service and Chapel. While we have made great strides, we can build on this good work by adopting a strategic plan for diversity and inclusion that is consistent with the school’s overall strategic work. This plan must reflect our mission and core values while holding us accountable for achieving our goals.
The development of this Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan is the result of several key steps. First, the board of trustees created a Diversity Task Force to explore diversity and inclusion at Trinity. Next, we conducted the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) survey to gauge our current diversity-and-inclusion climate. Then, we formed a Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Planning Committee consisting of the Diversity Task Force and additional parents, faculty, administrative leaders and trustees. The committee identified three areas of strategic focus: communication, cultural competency skill development, and faculty and staff hiring. All three topics are interconnected and essential to enhancing the quality of the Trinity experience for all, and for positively impacting the retention and recruitment of diverse students, families, faculty and staff.