Race Equity Commitment

Commitment Statement

The Harbor School promotes inclusion, racial equity and social justice. The School provides an environment that honors individuals regardless of their gender, race, religion, socioeconomic class, physical appearance, gender expression, family configuration and ethnicity.  The School supports the five areas by which we plan to execute our commitment.  

Curriculum: The highest standard of education teaches children to be global citizens; to understand the historical context of race and diversity issues in society and to foster a sense of curiosity for diverse people and cultures.

The School provides opportunities for students to interact with people of different races and ethnicities through a range of experiences such as school trips and classroom speakers.  

The School employs an equity lens in the development and implementation of curriculum.   

Productive Learning Environment:  Introducing and explicitly discussing multicultural and race issues in the classroom provides a productive space for children of all ages to develop meaningful cultural competency and to recognize and combat racism and discrimination.

The School provides a productive classroom space for all students to learn how to recognize and combat racism and discrimination, as well as engage in dialogue about race issues.  

Family and Community Engagement: Engaging families and the community creates opportunities for meaningful dialog on race and diversity issues.

The School provides opportunities for active engagement in a respectful dialogue about race and cultural differences for families and the community.  

Professional Development: Routine educational opportunities for faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees enhance the quality of multicultural education and provide opportunities to discuss bias, overgeneralization, and diversity rich curriculum in an ever-changing world.

The School prioritizes professional development opportunities which include diversity-rich content that supports teaching with an age appropriate race equity lens.  

Diverse School Community: Diverse students, teachers, board members, staff, and classroom presenters provide opportunities to build relationships with people from different races and cultures.  Students build awareness and social skills when they are given the opportunity to interact with people of different races and ethnicities through a range of experiences.

The School prioritizes building and maintaining a network of diverse students, teachers, staff, and classroom presenters.  

Goal:  Establish a Race Equity Committee comprised of parents, teachers, staff, the Head of School and at least one Board Member.  Establish a commitment to a set of measurable actions and establish a process to assess the effectiveness of this commitment.