Diversity at Solebury
Diversity Mission Statement
Solebury School promotes a profound respect for each individual and recognizes how diversity enriches a community. This deeply engrained philosophy dates to our founding in 1925. Our inclusive community of learners challenges assumptions and acknowledges differences of every kind, including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith preference, age, physical ability, and more. We value and actively cultivate our diverse composition of faculty, staff, and students on campus.
A Commitment to Inclusivity
Solebury School works to honor our Diversity Mission Statement in several ways.
Each year, Solebury School sends students to outreach programs such as MARD, SCHout, and ST@MP. Learn more by reading this blog post, written by teacher/chaperone Don Kaplan, on the 2018 MARD Conference (Mid Atlantic Region Diversity Conference).
"Race and Respect" Group
Comprised of students and faculty and organized by teacher Jen Perez, the group hosts town hall meetings every three weeks to help uncover inherent bias(es) and to offer a supportive and encouraging environment to discuss everything from race, immigration, cultural exploration, and more.
Events and All-School Assemblies
Students conceived Solebury's "Diversity: How Different Are We?" all-school assembly held in May 2019, which questioned one's awareness and biases in a constructive, educational, and supportive environment. (See bottom of this article for more about the assembly.) Other smaller events are hosted throughout the year. For example, in spring 2019, our Biracial Buddies, LatinX, and Black Friday clubs held an evening, on-campus screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a film featuring a main character of mixed racial identity.
During the 2019-20 school year, Solebury School will host monthly events dedicated to inclusivity and diversity.
Finally, Solebury also hosts the affinity clubs below...
An affinity group for students with mixed racial identities. The group was formed as a space for students who identify as multiracial, multicultural, multiethnic, or racially ambiguous to meet, discuss, and share experiences in their lives in and out of school.
Advisor: Sarah Lanzetta
An affinity group for students who identify as African Americans.
Advisor: Annette Miller
Intercultural Student Association
All international and domestic students are welcome to attend, meetings focus on how we can best share the diverse national backgrounds represented at Solebury School. A number of special events open to the entire school community are also planned by this organization.
Advisor: Cinnie Wappel
LatinX is one of the many affinity groups that Solebury School has to offer and is run by Jen and Dan Perez. LatinX is a safe space where anyone who identifies or is an ally to the community can come and just be together. In addition, as a club, we plan and organize fundraisers and cultural events such as coat drives or Day of the Dead cookie decorating to bring attention to issues we care about and to educate our Solebury community about our culture. Being able to be with people who understand your life experiences and in some cases have been through them too is just one of the many reasons that LatinX and all affinity groups are a crucial part of our community.
Advisor: Jen Perez
Open to people of all sexual orientations, the club was created to discuss and ensure safety and support on campus for all. We network with similar organizations at other schools, and we serve as activists for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender causes.
Advisor: Stacie Anastasio
If you'd like more information about any of the above, please email Dean of Students Annette Miller.