Diversity and Community
I have learned a lot at UPrep about equity and diversity, like when we enter an activity during Community Time and introduce ourselves with our pronouns. It's helped me gain connection with people who are facing struggles and made me aware of the impact I can have on people's lives." Aida R., Upper School student
We support our mission by creating experiences for our students to come face-to-face with the issues playing out in society and allowing them the room to grow in their own identity development. From our annual Social Justice Day to classroom assignments, equity, justice, and inclusion are embedded in all that we do.
The Diversity and Community Office, centrally located within the school, provides a safe space for our students and faculty to have discussions, embrace and confront challenging issues, and hold club and affinity group meetings.
At UPrep, the fabric of our community is rich with diverse cultures and experiences, and we have honored and celebrated these cultures throughout our school's history. We take opportunities to learn about and understand the individuals that make up our community, to build on and celebrate our differences, and to work on understanding and valuing cultures that are not our own." E-chieh Lin, Director of Diversity & Community and Director of Hiring
In 2018, the school adopted its first diversity strategic plan, with initiatives in three areas. In program and curriculum, goals include integrating diversity and inclusion into the school curriculum, enhancing professional development in those areas, and graduating culturally competent student leaders. In recruitment and retention, the school aims to implement a plan to increase the diversity of the student body as well as the faculty and staff, and to retain them in the long term. And finally, in the area of academic performance, the goal is to reduce any disparities in academic performance in underrepresented students of color.
E-chieh Lin, Director of Diversity & Community and Director of Hiring
Patrick King, Diversity & Community Program Manager