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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Hill School

We acknowledge and celebrate diversity, and we work diligently to make everyone feel truly included and welcome. Every member of our school — including students, faculty, and staff — should feel respected and loved for their unique identities that make our community strong. We believe that all community members should feel safe and welcome, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, or ability.

The Hill School Inclusion Statement

The Hill School fosters an open, diverse and inclusive community. We stand together, committed to helping our students, faculty, and staff members feel respected and valued for who they are. We recognize and support the Hill community and affiliates regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

We provide a safe environment committed to civility and mutual respect in which individuals are accepted, empowered, and supported. We seek to develop students who are prepared to interact within a diverse and globally minded society. We believe inclusion encourages an informed, global perspective, an essential trait we seek to cultivate in every student, faculty member, and staff member. It is our mission to ensure every member of our family feels welcomed, included, and safe.

Current Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program and Initiatives

We hear and understand the historical and recent criticism of the School with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we acknowledge the pain that students and employees of color may feel.  The Hill is committed to listening and learning from our students, alumni, parents, and employees. To those in our community who have shared your stories, we hear you, and we thank you for calling on The Hill to do better. 

We will continue to listen and learn as we develop a meaningful and enduring action plan.  Some actions are more immediate, while others will happen over an extended period. We are in the process now of expanding our diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, staffing, and curriculum.  Below is a list of suggested initiatives that we intend to move forward with during the 2020-21 academic year.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Changes and New Initiatives

Diversity at The Hill:

For 2019-20:

206 (39%) Students of Color as defined by NAIS (vs. 15% in 2000 and 32% in 2011-12)

97 or 18.3% Black and Brown Students

  • 38 Black
  • 28 Indian Subcontinent
  • 16 Multiracial
  • 15 Latinx, Hispanic, Mexican

19 (18%) Faculty of Color (vs. 3% in 2011-12)

  • 5 Black
  • 6 Multiracial
  • 3 Latinx, Hispanic, Mexican
  • 1 Indian Subcontinent
  • 4 Asian

Action Items:

Online Forums

The Hill School took the opportunity to listen and learn from students, alumni, parents, and employees with a goal to create a safer and healthier learning environment, where all students and employees feel valued and appreciated. Listen to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Forum with Hill alumni from June 17, 2020 by clicking the button below.

We will hold additional forums this summer and early fall to continue the discussions on diversity, equity, and inclusion at The Hill. Invitations to participate will be sent via email.

Required Reading

All Hill School students and faculty will read and discuss Alison Behnke's Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality throughout the 20-21 school year.

Guest Speaker

Most Hill students read The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore as part of their English class summer reading. The Hill School welcomed Mr. Moore on campus on October 6, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion at The Hill, we want to hear from you.

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