As we assert in our Inclusion and Diversity Statement: “We are committed to building an inclusive community that respects and affirms each of its members, honoring their diversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and socioeconomic status. We are committed to building an educational program that recognizes and values the many peoples and perspectives of our community and the world. We realize that conflicts may arise in the creation of such a community, but we see these possible conflicts as opportunities for growth, for open and honest communication, and for learning. Through our commitment to diversity, the Dana Hall community prepares students for the challenges and choices they will face as women and citizens of the world.”
Commitment to community, equity and inclusion is apparent throughout Dana Hall, and it starts at the top, with ongoing training for the Board of Trustees, administrators, faculty and staff. Diverse perspectives, texts and methodologies are part of every department's courses. Specific curriculum addressing diversity, identity, equity and inclusion is central to our Forum program, which provides age-appropriate health and character education at all grade levels.
Dana offers many different clubs in both the Middle and Upper School that help students explore their own identities and the identities of others, including ALANA (African, Latin American, Native American and Asian affinity group for Middle School), Bridge (gender and sexuality diversity group), International Student Association, Kesher (Jewish cultural group), SHADES and Dana All (multicultural group in Upper and Middle School, respectively), Salaam (Middle Eastern/Muslim cultural group) and affinity groups for students of color and LGBTQIA+ students.
The School also has an affinity group — the Families of Students of Color Collaborative — for parents and guardians of students of color to share experiences and discuss challenges.