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Diversity and Inclusion

I am a heart open to others. - ESD Manifesto

ESD's Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

The Episcopal School of Dallas community is committed to creating, maintaining, and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment as it prepares young women and men for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose. 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. The Episcopal School of Dallas values diversity in all its forms, including but not limited to ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background.

We want all students, faculty, and staff to know that we are one body, one school, regardless of our differences.

How We Learn From Each Other

Elizabeth Goatley, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Goatley, Ph.D.

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Divisional Programming

 

In honor of Yom HaShoah, which translates from the Hebrew language as “day of remembrance,” eighth-graders lead a special service to remember the Holocaust.

Students volunteer to be a part of the service, reading blackout poems they wrote as part of their study of the event, lighting six candles and placing traditional Jewish rocks on the altar in honor of the six million lives lost.

Learn more about the service here. 

 

Several students attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. Along with other high-school students from across the US, they explored ways to self-reflect, form allies, and build community.

 

Jewish friends shared their Hannukah traditions like the menorah with classmates. 

 

Students across divisions celebrated Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This traditional Mexican holiday celebrates and remembers loved ones who have passed away. 

Middle School students created an ofrenda, or altarin remembrance of notable Latino figures as part of a lesson on Spanish history.

Learn more about cross-divisional efforts here.

 

In celebration of Sukkot, the Jewish festival of the harvest, the Jewish Student Union built a sukkah outside the dining commons and invited all students inside to celebrate as a community. 

 

Latinos Unidos students visited the Consulate General of Mexico, where they learned about foreign policy, statistics, and unity.

Students learned about the Chinese New Year and the year of the pig in their classes. 


Middle School advisories worked together to highlight ways in which ESD can become No Place for Hate. 

 

Members of the ESD community were invited to the Interfaith Passover Seder, hosted by the Jewish Student Union. 

The Seder is a feast that includes reading, telling stories, eating special foods, singing, and other Passover traditions. Members of the JSU helped retell the story of the Exodus from slavery to freedom and invited participants to reflect on how we might be advocates of justice for all in our world today. 

Learn more about the Passover celebration here