Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As one of our key distinctions, Holton-Arms champions diversity. In founding our School, Jessie Moon Holton demonstrated the power education has to liberate the mind. She was a strong advocate of kindness, understanding, cooperation, and service. By championing diversity, we foster a culture of integrity where differences are celebrated.
Susanna A. Jones (excerpted from her June 2020 letter to Holton Community)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement (approved by Board of Trustees in Spring 2019)The Holton-Arms community recognizes and values the uniqueness of each of its members including current and former students, faculty, and staff. We strive to create an inclusive environment that sees and supports diverse identities and experiences, cultivates engaged and civil discourse, and empowers our students to be thriving members of the global community.
At Holton-Arms, each of us is responsible for fostering an equitable, respectful, and just community. Holton is committed to helping its members:
- Discover, develop and value their full authentic selves.
- Deepen awareness of their own personal and systemic biases and be accountable for the impact of their words and actions on others.
- Develop an understanding of the historical origins and perpetuation of systems of power and privilege.
- Engage in open and brave conversations that promote growth, understanding, connection, and agency.
- Be advocates for supporting the diverse identities of others in the community.
Transgender Guidelines (Approved by Board of Trustees in spring 2017)
The Holton-Arms School is intentional in its support of and respect for all members of its community, providing a safe, welcoming environment where differences are celebrated. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions, financial aid practices, or of its athletic and other school-administered programs. We will consider for admission any student who identifies as a girl at the time of application and who wishes to join an institution dedicated to girls’ education. If a student transitions from identifying as a girl while enrolled at Holton-Arms, the administration will work with the student and the student’s family to evaluate continued enrollment in keeping with the student’s well-being and the mission of the School.