College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

Holton's DEI & Belonging Roadmap to Anti-Racist Education

In 2015 Holton designated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as a School-wide priority. Since then, we have created a senior administrative position devoted to diversity (now the Director of Diversity, Wellbeing & Global Education), created a schoolwide faculty and staff committee, TIDE (Towards Inclusion Diversity and Equity); established a Board level Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee; rewrote and the Board of Trustees approved the Diversity Mission Statement; established a Parent Association Vice-President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; created and implemented Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well Seminar (see description below); engaged in extensive professional development for faculty and staff (led by outside consultants as well as in-house leaders); organized and implemented student-run annual diversity conferences for Middle and Upper School; and introduced affinity groups in the Lower School. You can read more about our progress in the 2019-2020 Annual Report for the Office of Diversity, Wellbeing, and Global Education. Additional Annual Reports can be found here: 2018-2019, 2017-2018 and 2016-2017.

Roadmap in Action

Below are the action steps for 2020-2021 School Year towards each of the priorities outlined in the Diversity Mission Statement and commitment to anti-racist education.

January 2021

The Roadmap below contains Mid-Year Progress Updates including numerous affinity group sessions, anti-racist trainings, Question and Answer Forums, Informational Coffees, and Anti-Racist Training our students, faculty, staff and parents/guardians have conducted or participated in since August 2020.

With humility and the acknowledgment that this work is ongoing and iterative, we want to highlight the recent updates to our College Counseling Philosophy, curriculum review, and broad-ranging efforts to engender a deep sense of belonging for all members of our community

Hold Ourselves Accountable

Continue and Extend Anti-racist Training

The school is committed to becoming an anti-racist, anti-biased school. We recognize that extensive and ongoing training must be part of achieving this goal and we are committed to ensuring that all faculty, staff, and students engage in this effort.

Continue and Expand Allied and Community Spaces

Holton is committed to hosting safe spaces for our students, parents, and alumnae to connect with peers from similar backgrounds.

Increase and Support Mentoring

Recruit and Hire a Diverse Faculty and Staff

Review and Revise the College Counseling Approach

Review and Revise Acceleration, Honors and Advanced Placement

Review and Revise Curriculum

Over the course of the past two years, faculty worked in departments and cross-divisional teams to create a set of school-wide and content-specific Goals and Competencies to support Holton’s institutional priorities of Diversity, Wellbeing, and Global Education. Teachers researched and leveraged resources from the following organizations throughout this process: Teaching Tolerance, The Center for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, Facing History and Ourselves, The Asia Society, and national standards from discipline-specific organizations. This resulted in a robust set of Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well, and Department-specific Goals and Competencies.

Review and Revise Discipline Trends and Policies

Review and Revise Transportation Routes

Review and Revise Admissions Process

Ongoing Advice and Consultation