The Episcopal School of Dallas is committed to creating, maintaining, and nurturing a diverse environment as it prepares young men and women for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose. We value diversity in ethnicity, culture, religion, language, gender, age, family structure, and socioeconomic background. The ESD community fosters a global perspective, an understanding of alternate viewpoints, and a sensitivity to the interests, traditions, beliefs, and concerns of others. We believe that diversity in our school community enhances the quality of the education that ESD provides and is essential to the development of well-rounded people in the twenty-first century.
Letter from the director
Welcome to the ESDiversity page! My name is Sharon Stout, and I serve as ESD’s Diversity Director. I also teach Upper School Spanish. Diversity has been a lifetime passion for me, and it is an honor and a privilege to serve in this role.
As a school, we strive daily to create a safe, nurturing environment for all of our students, regardless of their background. Our program’s goal is not simply to make students aware of the diversity in the world around or to accept it; the ESD graduate is able to appreciate another person for the unique qualities and background that s/he brings to the school community. In doing so, we want all students, faculty, and staff to know that we are one body, one school, regardless of our differences.
To that end, we provide programming at all levels for students, faculty, staff, and families. The Diversity Club hosts regular meeting where students are actively engaged in planning events such as Chapel presentations or CORE activities. We also sponsor social events for students such as our annual retreat at Wolf Run and movie nights. Students learn more about diversity by attending conferences or going to hear speakers locally. ESD is an active member of DADYO (Dallas Area Diverse Youth Organization). DADYO member schools host regular meetings during which issues of diversity are discussed. Student-led discussions have included gender equality, the Chicano Rights Movement of the 1960s, and the movie Prom Night in Mississippi.
We also organize social and educational events for families. Recently, we started affinity groups for our Hispanic and African American families. If you are interested in forming another group, please contact me. Check back often as we update our calendar with new events!
ESDiversity strives to make our school more diverse and more inclusive in every way. Our graduates leave prepared to interact with people from all backgrounds. In doing so, we prepare young people to lead lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose.
Sharon K. Stout
Diversity at the lower school
Lower School students respect differences every day. Classroom teachers lead weekly class meetings to discuss important issues of inclusion, tolerance, forgiveness and cooperation. Students actively participate in these sessions. ESDiversity at the Lower School involves cooperative learning experiences, small group discussions, organized activities, book talks, lunch room discussions and chapel talks. Father Harmuth, with the help of his dog Eve, students and faculty, present thoughtful and lively productions during Chapel services. All in our school community learn from these accounts that we are all created in the image of God.
To learn more about diversity at the Lower School please contact Martha Bowden.