Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity is not only a key tenet of the Greenwich Academy Mission Statement; it is one of the guiding principles our community is committed to creating and sustaining. For our students, the benefits of learning in a richly diverse community in which every individual is respected and affirmed are immeasurable.
At Greenwich Academy, our diversity efforts blend seamlessly and are experienced through the school from curriculum, to global programs, to hiring. Our community is reflective of the world we live in with broad representation of different cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. In this environment students learn to become effective, active, informed citizens of the 21st century.
Today, students of color represent 29% of the student body. People of color make up 18% of the faculty and 14% of our staff.
In keeping with the school’s motto, Toward the Building of Character, Greenwich Academy affirms and respects the individuality of all members of the community. The school’s ultimate goal is for students to develop the confidence and compassion to interact freely and authentically with people who represent a rich variety of backgrounds and beliefs in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and family composition. All members of the Greenwich Academy community—students and alumnae, faculty and staff, parents and trustees—are expected to honor and value the school’s diversity mission.
The breadth and depth of the Greenwich Academy curriculum allows our students from all backgrounds to see something of themselves in the learning environment. In addition, students, faculty, and staff participate in the following workshops/conferences:
- Local Student Development Leadership Conference
- People of Color Conference/Student Development Leadership Conference
- Diversity Directions
- Summer Institute at Mashantucket Pequot Museum
In all classes, teachers work toward incorporating a variety of cultures when selecting books for reading instruction. In addition to Civil Rights, the curriculum includes:
African Folktales and World Folklore
Study of rural, urban, and suburban communities
Native American artwork and Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Famous Women and Immigration
Middle School students are encouraged to explore topics of diversity throughout their academic curriculum. Listed below are many of the topics covered:
Ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Greek cultures
Civil Rights and Gender Equality
World religions and history, social responsibility
Women’s suffrage, racism and enslavement
Harlem Renaissance and Holocaust
Upper School students have many opportunities to explore topics of diversity in classes and affinity groups including:
Ain’t That the Truth - Creative Nonfiction Course
Civil Rights History Course
Students of Color Organized to Represent Equality (SCORE)
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
Center for Public Purpose
The Center for Public Purpose puts GA’s motto, Toward the Building of Character, into action—first by building an inclusive school community in which students can practice authenticity and respect, and second by offering students opportunities to contribute to a more equitable society and peaceful world.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The entire GA community works to engage in meaningful dialogue around social justice and equity. GA has both a faculty/staff DEI team and an Upper School elected student DEI board.