Diversity Statement

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.

    International Night

    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


        Janetta Lien

        Meghan McDermott

        Jennifer Montemayor

        Krizia Moreno-Cruz

        Victoria Piedmont

        Kelly West


        Lower School

        Laurie Gruhn

        Nicholas Berry

        Hallie Cohn

        Susan Kehoe

        Julia Kingsdale

        Julianne Rowland


        Middle School

        Sam Keany

        Anderson Harp

        Dan Ragsdale

        Kristen Sheppard

        Zachary Williams


        Upper School

        Jim Reynolds

        Saber Khan

        Sandra Martinez

        Sarah Murphy

        Melodie Ting

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