Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We believe that each person is created in the image of God, and we commit ourselves to foster an awareness that impels us to act in the interests of equity and justice for all.
The mission of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) program at Stone Ridge is to advance understanding and respect among people of all cultures, religions, and races. The program creates brave spaces for dialogue; trains student leaders, faculty members, and administrators by highlighting the benefits of diversity; and builds bridges of understanding and respect among different members of the School community. Our understanding of diversity is not limited to race and ethnicity, but rather a recognition that all individuals experience the world through various dimensions, such as age, ethnic heritage, gender, mental/physical abilities, and characteristics, race and sexual orientation. Dimensions can also include communication style, education, family status, first language, geographic location, income, military experience, organizational role and level, work experience, expertise, and work style.
No Place for Hate
Stone Ridge is recognized as a No Place For Hate School, a distinction bestowed by the Anti-Defamation League because we continually work on building a safe and inclusive community in which respect is the goal and where all students can thrive. We empower students, faculty, administration, and family members to take a strong stand against hate and bullying, and we send a clear, unified message that all students have a home at Stone Ridge.
Cultural Competency and Professional Development
Faculty and students have opportunities to participate in workshops, presentations, and affinity group related topics of equity and justice in teaching and learning in order to be more compassionate and empathic members of the school community.
DEI Programming in the Upper School
In the Upper School, students are empowered and encouraged in their DEI work both within and outside the Stone Ridge community. Under the leadership of the Student Diversity Board, students have the opportunity to take part in many cultural groups such as Allies, Amig@s, Asian AppreciAsian, Black Student Alliance, Middle Eastern Students Alliance, and Spectrum.
DEI Programming in the Middle School
The Middle School holds Diversity Club meetings once a rotation. This Club, led by Middle School faculty facilitators, provides a space for students to learn and safely share their feelings, questions, and concerns about DEI in our School and the world. Students also attend local full-day Diversity Leadership Conferences and participate in Mix-It-Up Day and assemblies about microaggressions and anti-bullying.
Better Together is the parent diversity group for adults who want to help create a diverse and inclusive educational environment for their children by elevating issues regarding culture, identity, and equity in ways that unify the broader Stone Ridge community.