At Miss Porter’s School, we constantly examine the dynamics and reality of inequality in the world and in our school. The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) leads and guides the School community in the important work of building diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) on our campus.
Equity at Porter’s
To achieve institutional excellence, each community member is committed to examination and questioning of their privileges and biases in order to create a more just community and future. OEI identifies areas where inequalities still exist, and fosters dialogue across differences committing to the responsibility of change. We actively create spaces for mistakes, reflection, and growth so that we can learn across differences and move towards justice. Our collective accountability is ongoing.
We are proud of the way that our students continue to push us forward.
Porter’s students are at the forefront of all equity and inclusion initiatives. They partner with OEI to bring their peers and faculty into conversations—some difficult— through student-to-student workshops, professional development for adults, and school-wide programming.
Your Voice is Valued
Our collective accountability is ongoing.
Generation after generation, our leadership is defined by our ability to articulate how young women think, how young women learn, and why gender matters. At Miss Porter’s School, we provide students with a uniquely empowering learning environment and our mission and program focus on girls and women and the experiences needed for our graduates to shape a changing world.
While enrolled, some students come to openly identify with different gender identities, and the School is committed to an inclusive community rooted in the inherent worth and dignity of each member. This requires that our teachers, administrators, and students work together to create the conditions that allow for belonging as our understanding of gender expands and deepens over time.
*We currently define diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds as: anyone that self-reports and identifies as Black, African-American, Asian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Latine, Hispanic, Multi-racial, Bi-racial, Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani, and/or North African. Some, but not all, may identify as people of color.
We continue to welcome everyone—and we mean everyone. We engage our student and adult populations, embed anti-bias and anti-racist education into our curriculum and our community. Our responsibility to cultivate a more just institution is clear.
Student-led groups open to all members of the community seeking to educate, uplift, challenge perceptions, and build empathy and allyship for and across different identities.
Spaces created around a shared common identity to advocate for, uplift, and celebrate the individuals who speak from the “I” perspective.
A blend of alliances and affinities that provide structured support for members who speak from the “I” perspective. Advisories foster an empathetic environment through collaboration aimed to educate the community on various topics.
Institutionally supported employee groups that focus on building community, camaraderie, continued identity education and growth. These groups also cultivate and foster recruitment and retention.
At Miss Porter’s School, we acknowledge the Tunxis Indigenous People as the original inhabitants and stewards of the lands that we call home. The history of this land is difficult to piece together, and the stories told were shaped by settler colonialism. We recognize the need for a fuller understanding of the Tunxis and our shared past. Because of this, we must speak the truth as it is currently known. The Head of School, Board of Trustees, and senior administrative leadership commit to honoring the past and understanding our responsibility for the future.
Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer
Assistant Dean of Equity & Inclusion
Teacher - Humanities; Equity & Inclusion Coordinator
Teacher - Mathematics, Science, Equity & Inclusion Associate
Intern - OEI & House Director