Statement on Equity and Inclusion

At Miss Porter’s School, the world is welcomed and invited in. We value diverse perspectives and individual voices. Our academic, extra-curricular, residential and professional programs foster the productive exchange of ideas and encourage personal growth. As we learn about ourselves and each other, we strengthen our community of students and their families, faculty, staff, administrators, Ancients and trustees.

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For more information, contact Susan Martell Jenkin, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer.

Equity and Inclusion

"One of the greatest elements of a Porter’s education is that our students are encouraged to appreciate the uniqueness in themselves and others. Our commitment to learning extends well beyond the pages of the books that we read or the problems that we solve. It includes equally a commitment to learning about ourselves and the others with whom we live and learn."

Susan Martell Jenkin
Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer

Student Alliances

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  • Watu Wazuri Student Equity Council

    The Watu Wazuri Student Equity Council is the umbrella student leadership organization for the Alliances. It provides a space for Alliance Leaders to work collaboratively towards building a community that is inclusive and equitable. All Alliance Leaders sit on the Watu Wazuri Student Equity Council and together, with the Head of Diversity, plan monthly meetings and events for the entire community. 

    Watu Wazuri, meaning beautiful people in Swahili, has had a long and rich tradition at Porter’s. Founded in the early 70's, Watu has served as a place where students connect with each other and members of other communities around issues and topics. We are excited to see how Watu Wazuri has evolved over the years and look forward to working with the community.
  • What is an Alliance?

    Alliances are student-led networks open to the entire community that aim to educate others on topics of diversity and foster an empathetic environment through collaborative learning, discussion, and respectful dissent.

  • Asian Students Alliance

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  • Black and Latinx Alliance

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  • Compass Alliance

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  • EleMental

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  • Spectrum: Gender and Sexuality Alliance

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Student Voices

"Alliance are important to me because they provide a place where my identity is valued and allows other people to value my identity as well. Alliances also teach me how to practice allyship in my everyday life."
-Kamille Bernard

"As an Alliance Leader, my goal is to make sure that everyone feels comfortable within our community regardless of how they identify."
-Rose Aydin

"I learned to be proud of my cultural identity while being a part of the Black Latina Alliance my New Girl year, and as a head of BLA this year, I worked to teach others to embrace their identities as well."
-Chrissy Roca

"To me, the alliances are one of the most important parts of Porter's. Alliances are a place where the often undervalued become the focus, where the minority experience the attention normally not granted to them. It's a place that allows everyone, students, and teachers, to learn, by inverting the typical classroom structure: student-lead and discussion-based."
-Jillian Landolina
Miss Porter's School
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