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.
This year's theme for Inclusion Week (April 12-15, 2021) is "Celebrating the Diverse Voices of Women. Inclusion Week is a celebration of diversity and raising awareness of the importance of equality and inclusion at The Hill School.
Throughout the week a range of programs, events, and activities that aim to stimulate productive conversations around inclusion within our community were held.
Faculty Professional Development
During the month of February, members of Hill's faculty read Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom by Matthew Kay, and attended weekly online seminars hosted by Kay in which he offered strategies for initiating and facilitating meaningful, productive, and respectful dialogues about race. Faculty also participated in small group sessions where they held thoughtful discussions about the book and seminar series.
Hill Black Alumni Affiliate Group
The HBAAG was created to connect Black alumni through events and initiatives aimed at advocating, empowering, and celebrating being Black and a part of The Hill community. Leah Proctor-Ford '14 and Dason (Devon) Carmichael '10 serve as co-presidents.
Dean of Spiritual Life and Equity
The Rev. Khristi Adams has been appointed the School’s Dean of Spiritual Life and Equity, effective July 1, 2021.
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.
- Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Faculty and Staff Committee
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Committee
- Strengthen Process/Response for Hate Speech & Identity-Based Misconduct
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Hiring Practices
- Academic Curriculum Review
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Funding
- Transparency and Reporting
- Resources for a Deeper Understanding
If you have any questions or concerns regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion at The Hill, we want to hear from you.