Diversity and Inclusion
I am a heart open to others. - ESD Manifesto
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.
An affinity group is a group of people who share a similar identity. You must be able to speak from the "I" perspective. Ex: I am a member of this group. These affinity groups offer a place for dialogue, reflection, and support within our community.
The Black Student Union aspires to dedicate themselves and the organization to be a component for education, cultural, spiritual, and social exchange among students. Members charge the organization to act as a unified intermediary for the promotion of creative Black Student Union enterprises, and to aid in the awareness and significance of African Americans as part of their experience at The Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD).
The Jewish Student Union explores our Jewish identities within the ESD community and shares aspects of the Jewish faith traditions and spiritual beliefs with one another as well as with the broader community. As we seek to understand our own religious identity, we also seek “to demonstrate and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God” (NAES Episcopal Identity Statement).
While affinity groups are made up of students who share similar identities, alliance groups are made up of students of all identities working towards a common goal. You can speak from a "we" perspective. Ex: Although I might not experience that personally, we are in supportive of your right to feel that way.
The Religious Diversity alliance group allows students of all faiths to connect and discuss faith traditions, practices, and beliefs. This group allows for those that have a different faith tradition to find community. It also enriches the lives of those who have a desire to learn more about different faith traditions and values.