Calhoun built upon its established diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programming by adding a number of new elements, expanding partnerships and responding to the needs of our growing community.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
Calhoun strives to build a learning environment with our core values of diversity, equity and inclusion at the center.
We believe diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to our academic program because they create opportunities for critical thinking and analysis, social/emotional skill acquisition, self-expression and design thinking. Calhoun views DEI work as a foundational component of our educational program and of the school's mission.
Calhoun celebrated Black History/Futures Month in the classroom and beyond. With special guests and community events, students across divisions engaged in work that explored this year's theme of The Future is Black: Radical Joy and Justice.
Affinity groups at Calhoun offer students the opportunity to explore their own racial identities in safe spaces. As they delve into complex and nuanced topics around race, they are supported by fellow students and facilitators who share a common identity.
During the summer of 2020, Upper Schoolers came together to found the Diversity and Accountability Board (D.A.B.). Working with administrators, D.A.B. aims to make Calhoun a more equitable community for all.
By Ellen Kwon
Upper School English teacher Ellen Kwon reflects on the process of choosing texts for her class and discusses the importance of representation as her classes explore a diverse selection of literary voices.
Asher B. '20 combined classical music and social justice for his Junior Workshop project. Through research and a discussion group, Asher's project shed light on issues of equity and diversity in the classical music community.
Seventh grade students became advocates for First Nations peoples after engaging in an in-depth study that touched on elements of science, history and social justice. After researching issues that continue to plague this community, the Middle Schoolers took steps to make change and educate the public.
Census studies ask us to identify and categorize ourselves. But where do these categories come from? Are they just based on perception or scientific fact
Students in Upper School Spanish class are assigned to research a work of art by the Mayans, Incas or Aztecs that can be found in the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). But in the fall of 2011, what began as a straightforward research paper turned into a bilingual project and powerful collaboration with the Natural History museum's education department
Calhoun's second graders studied and honored Rosa Parks with this claymation film that they helped research, write and produce in their media arts class. The unit of study, integrating social studies, technology, literary and creative arts, is a good example of the cross-disciplinary learning and project-based learning at the heart of progressive education.