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 discussions surrounding topics of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). Faculty attend the NAIS People of Color Conference, NYSAIS diversity conferences, and The Dalton Diversity Conference to continue to engage in these pertinent conversations and stay abreast of best practices in diversity work. There are four faculty/staff EDI coordinators who help develop, implement and support EDI initiatives as well as facilitate faculty discussions and student groups.
Students are exposed to EDI as part of their curriculum as well as relevant assemblies, dedicated school events and student organizations.
Student organizations include:
GSA (Gender-Sexuality Alliance)
Gender Studies Club
APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American student affinity group)
Sociedad Latina (Latino student affinity group)
African-American 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:
Assemblies this week honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as several Upper School students spoke to boys in each division about themes of civil rights, race, having pride in one’s identity and the progress made in being able to express oneself. pic.twitter.com/RjAu3hpWcL— The Browning School (@BrowningSchool) January 25, 2019
Our inaugural International Night celebrated the diversity of cultures represented throughout Browning, with boys, teachers and parents sharing aspects of their culture that included table games, instruments and traditional attires! 🗺 pic.twitter.com/fqdTWom3Bk— The Browning School (@BrowningSchool) February 25, 2019
A group of Upper School boys and faculty traveled to Nashville, Tenn. to attend the People of Color Conference (#NAISPoCC)/Student Diversity and Leadership Conference (#SDLC) along with more than 6,000 educators and students! @NAISnetwork pic.twitter.com/vE61atSZFu— The Browning School (@BrowningSchool) December 5, 2018
We kicked off 2019 with discussions of Browning’s ongoing work for equity and inclusion. Boys who attended #SDLC shared takeaways and what they hope to bring back and our faculty EDI coordinators held an open community meeting to field questions and provide updates on their work. pic.twitter.com/MwGCPzuujM— The Browning School (@BrowningSchool) January 14, 2019
The APIDA affinity group celebrated the #LunarNewYear in Chinatown, visiting the Museum of Chinese in America (@MoCANYC) and watching the parade! APIDA is an affinity group for Middle and Upper School boys who identify as Asian, Pacific Islander or Des… https://t.co/fYimyUnzIh pic.twitter.com/dJWQtVFyRz— The Browning School (@BrowningSchool) February 5, 2019
The Lower School was treated to a visit from Bryan Collier, illustrator of over 25 children's books! One of the books Mr. Collier presented was the award-winning Martin's Big Word, especially timely on the week of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination pic.twitter.com/j3ORHV7eIq— The Browning School (@BrowningSchool) April 5, 2018
EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIONS COORDINATORS 2018-2019
Welcome back, faculty! Our Collaborative Learning Cohort, featuring 23 of our teachers, started the school year ear… https://t.co/xxgNCuxhWF