“As long as poverty, injustice, and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.” – Nelson Mandela
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
We denounce social injustice in all its forms. We condemn racism, intolerance of people’s gender identities or sexual orientations, religious intolerance, bigotry, xenophobia, and all forms of injustice and expressions of inequality.
As a community we must work against hate. We must reject attacks on individuals based on ignorance and intolerance.
At Rudolf Steiner School, we are committed to working earnestly to sustain a welcoming community that reflects the diverse range of cultures and nationalities in New York City. We will continuously review and strengthen our efforts to be a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and just community.
Steiner families come from all over the metropolitan area— every morning, students travel to our school from as nearby as neighboring buildings to as far away as neighboring boroughs and counties. Furthermore, Rudolf Steiner School is economically diverse and consistently ranks as one of the most generous schools in the city: currently, more than half of all students receive financial assistance. We have also expanded our afterschool programs to support working parents.
Rudolf Steiner School is an open and affirming community. We welcome and value students, families, faculty, and staff, regardless of spiritual beliefs, religious practices, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, country of origin, or socio-economic status, and we support all family structures.
We strongly believe that by supporting diversity in our school, we prepare our students for a diverse world – a global community that sees itself reflected in each of our students and is all the more vital and resilient because of them.
In our commitment to these values, our school has formed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to promote diversity, equity, and social inclusion at every level of our community. This is our ongoing commitment and we will work to address the issues facing our world that are reflected in our community.
Faculty and staff members have attended bias and gender identity training, and will continue their professional development with training on diversity, equity and inclusion topics, including institutional racism, white supremacy culture, and what is required of each individual, and of the greater whole, to be an open and inclusive institution.
We will work together with our community to address the injustices in our society, and how these injustices manifest in our interactions in the school. We will listen to the many voices at Rudolf Steiner School. We will get comfortable with being uncomfortable until such time as everyone can be comfortable.
We expect every member of our community to support and engage in this essential work to bring about meaningful change. Together, we can and must build a community where we celebrate each other; a community where every member is valued and respected; a community where everyone can thrive.
- How to Talk to Children About Racism and Violence: resources for teachers, parents and guardians
- Anti-Racism Resources for White People: a compilation of resources for white people and parents to deepen our work in anti-racism
- Array Now: Started by Ava DuVernay, director of When They See Us, 13th, and Selma. This is a compilation of African American independent films – an array of stories and voices
- Teaching Tolerance: Teaching about race, racism, and police violence
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: Curated by Medium.com and updated regularly
- 5 Important Conversations About Race White Kids Need to Have: by Rebecca Geinapp