Diversity and Equity
The Baldwin community embraces each person as a unique individual, recognizing and celebrating our differences and commonalities. We commit to fostering and modeling respectful engagement, open dialogue and thoughtful programming around diversity and equity.
The Diversity and Equity Committee will support this mission by:
- Continuing to be mindful of Baldwin's core values of Learning, Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Compassion in every engagement, dialogue and programming decision;
- Continuing to examine the relational and instructional practices that support the transition toward being more inclusive and responsive to our students, their families and Baldwin faculty and staff;
- Facilitating education, discussion and experiences to ensure that everyone at Baldwin is seen, heard and supported.
Baldwin's Lower School has daily class meetings where teachers and students discuss various topics and foster relationships.
- Diverse literature in the Lower School library as well as classroom libraries that teachers can utilize to create a welcoming, nurturing environment where all students can see themselves.
- Incorporating Global Learning into the Curriculum. Teachers encourage students to listen to different perspectives, organize and participate in diverse groups, respect and embrace cultural differences, effectively communicate with others and to try to create positive change in the world.
- Social Studies curriculum explores a number of different cultures, traditions, religions, customs, etc. to encourage girls to respect cultures that are sometimes very different from their own.
- Inviting parents who express interest in sharing their culture with the class. Sometimes this includes a lesson about a holiday they celebrate or telling about where they were born, explaining similarities and differences.
- Encouraging professional development in areas of globalism, diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Continue to develop service projects that directly connect to the curriculum to make it an authentic, meaningful experience for students.
- "Mix it Up" lunches in Lower School. Students are encouraged to sit next to new friends each day and try to get to know classmates better.
- Kimochi/Mind Up Programs: Program aims to help students navigate complex social relations with peers as well as build key skills that will help them to become productive, globally minded members of society.
- Lower School Assemblies: Assemblies each Friday are community building events that invite a number of different outside speakers and performers.
Baldwin's Middle School continues its commitment to building community where everyone feels safe, supported and belongs. To that end, Middle School highlights include:
- Weekly advisory meetings where girls learn to be respectful, self-advocating, responsible students. This time provides for an opportunity to foster relationships with peers and faculty/staff members and discuss issues relevant to middle school life.
- Creation of the MS "Everyone Matters" video, showcasing our differences and commonalities.
- Participation in the National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, along with many other schools across the country which resulted in being selected as a Mix It Up Model School. In addition to this one day, the MS "mixes it up" weekly by having the students sit with their homeroom or advisory groupings. By asking students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch, these on-going experiences encourage the girls to identify, question and cross social boundaries.
- MS Clubs such as Black Student Union provide a setting for girls to discuss topics and concerns as well as share questions around diversity and equity. This club assumes an integral role in educating our community through conference and assembly participation.
- Annual participation in MS Diversity Conference at The Haverford School. Students came together from multiple schools representing four different states. The most recent conference featured Pushed Media. This Boston-based non-profit specializes in diversity, privilege and racial justice education. They spur conversations relating to segregation, white privilege, cultural appropriation and racial inequality.
- Continued opportunities related to service and global experiences embedded within the Middle School approach of combining education and authentic service, reinforcing the need for the girls to be informed, empathetic and active.
- Continued partnership with MS families by sponsoring speakers such as Deborah McCoy, President of Educational Development Services. This Fireside Chat focused on today's issues surrounding middle school aged students and social media.
There are many opportunities for our Upper School students to explore
- Student Conferences - the following conferences are just a few our students will participate in or help facilitate over the course of the year: Mid Atlantic Region Diversity Conference, Diversity Dialogue Day, Class/Socioeconomic Status/Financial Literacy Conference, The Haverford Middle School Diversity Conference and Latin@/Latinx Youth Conference.
- "Building Bridges" - an annual Upper School community day that is spent addressing diversity and identity at Baldwin and in the wider world. Students have the opportunity to hear a keynote speaker, participate in student-led discussions and activities throughout the day.
- Upper School Advising Program - Students are placed into small groups with a faculty member who they meet with on a weekly basis for their entire Upper School time. Advising sessions allow for open discussions on current events, topics from school assemblies as well as working together on group service learning projects. This valuable time provides an opportunity for students to foster strong relationships with peers and faculty/staff members.
- Clubs and Affinity Groups - Baldwin offers a wide range of extracurricular organizations to help foster relationships and understanding. Some of these groups include: the Asian Students Association, the Black Students Union, Diversity Club, The Hispanic Students Association, the Jewish Cultural Alliance, the Multiracial Students Association and Spectrum (a group for LGBTQ+ students and their allies).
Gabbie Alvarez-Spychalski, Grade 7 Dean, Middle School Spanish Teacher
Miryam Harvey, Upper School Dean of Students and Spanish Teacher
Cindy Lapinski, Middle School Director
Megan Rohricht, Lower School Grade 1 Teacher
Tracy Stevens, Middle School Administrative Assistant
The Committee can be reached via email@example.com.