The Browning School strives to create a diverse community in which all members are safe, respected and valued. We believe that in actively promoting a diverse learning environment, we are fostering intellectual, social and emotional growth for all. Recognizing and pursuing diversity, however, are not enough; we seek to transcend mere tolerance of differences and aspire to a celebration of the varied appearances, abilities, perspectives and values that characterize our community.
Browning faculty and staff actively participate in professional development and engage in regular monthly discussions surrounding topics of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). Faculty attend the NAIS People of Color Conference, NYSAIS Diversity Conference, and The Dalton Diversity Conferences to continue to engage in these pertinent conversations and stay abreast of best practices in diversity work. There is also a Faculty/Staff Diversity Committee, which helps develop, implement and support EDI initiatives under the leadership of the School's director of equity and diversity. The Diversity Committee also helps facilitate faculty discussions and student groups.
Students are exposed to EDI as part of their curriculum through relevant assemblies, dedicated school events and student organizations.
Student organizations include:
- Multicultural Club
- Think Tank
- GSA (Gay Straight Alliance)
- Gender Studies/Feminism Club
- Asian Hangout (Asian student affinity group)
Upper School students also participate in DAIS (Diversity Awareness Initiative for Students) meetings with other NYC independent school students, the NYSAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), and other local workshops and conferences.
Student assemblies include:
Equity and Diversity Initiatives
In addition to student assemblies, The Browning School hosts speakers and discussion groups for parents and alumni throughout the school year.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Browning's first International Night will be a parent cocktail party to celebrate our community and all of the cultures and national origins represented at Browning. Following the success of Community Day for students and faculty in past years, we felt it might be meaningful to invite parents from different grades to come together, get to know each other better, and share their cultural identities.
Building Healthy Multiracial Communities
"What do White Children Need to Know about Race?"
A Talk for Browning Parents by Ali Michael, Ph.D.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
As the School and community at Browning continue to strengthen our competence regarding equity and diversity, we invite you to join other parents for a discussion with Ali Michael, Ph.D., who will share tips for talking with children about race in a way that informs, empowers and provides tools to navigate what might at times feel like uncomfortable conversations. Dr. Michael is an author, scholar and frequent speaker at New York City independent schools. A White woman herself, she will expand upon her award-winning 2014 article "What do White Children Need to Know about Race?" published in Independent Schools Magazine. She will share stories from her own life as a child and parent. Please click here to read Dr. Michael's article and learn more about her background.
Diversity Calendar of Events
August 28 Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Full-day educator training
September 27 Faculty EDI meeting; Faculty Diversity Committee
October 18 Faculty EDI meeting
November 2 International Dinner
November 8 Faculty EDI meeting
November 30 December NAIS POCC/SDLC
December 6 Faculty EDI meeting (POCC/SDLC presentation); Faculty Diversity Committee Meeting
December 7 Parent EDI meeting
December 21 Community Day; ADL No Place for Hate workshop Grade 4-Form II; Schuyler Bailar presentation Form III-Form VI; Schuyler Bailar presentation for parents
January 11 Open Meeting: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Young Alumni & current students
January 12 MLK celebration
January 15-19 No Name-calling Week
January 17-19 NYSAIS Sex, Gender, Sexuality Conference
January 24 Faculty EDI meeting
February 14 Faculty EDI meeting; Faculty Diversity Committee Meeting
February 21 ADL Follow-up Faculty Workshop
February 24 NYSAIS Job Fair to Promote Diversity
March 7 Faculty EDI meeting; Parent EDI meeting
March 9 Community Day
April 9 Gender and Sexuality Diversity for Young Children conference
April 11 NYSAIS Diversity Conference
April 13 Alumni Reunion/Alumni Panel: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
April 18 Faculty EDI meeting; Faculty Diversity Committee Meeting
April 24 Families of Color Dinner
April 28 Dalton Conference
May 16 Faculty EDI meeting
Diversity Committee 2017-2018
Director of Equity and Diversity Betty Noel