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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

Affinity Groups

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. 

Black Student Union

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).

Jewish Student Union

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).

Women's Studies Organization

The Women’s Studies Organization (WSO) brings students together for three purposes: 1) to appreciate and celebrate female identity, 2) to strengthen and assert the female voice in our co-educational environment, and 3) to provide a safe place to discuss gender.

Alliance Groups

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. 

Asian Council

Asian Council is an open group that seeks to educate ESD about the Asian diaspora. This group is open to anyone who wants to learn and celebrate Asian culture and foods.

Biracial/Multiracial Alliance Group

Biracial/ Multiracial alliance group is the newest alliance group on campus. They are coming up goals and a mission. 

Latinos Unidos

Latinos Unidos is an alliance group with the goal of bringing awareness to and education about Hispanic and Latinx culture. This group is open to anyone who wants to honor and celebrate Latinx and Hispanic cultures across the diaspora.

Religious Diversity

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.

Spectrum

Spectrum exists to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ members of the ESD community and their allies. We are committed to using advocacy and education to establish a more inclusive environment at ESD.

Diversity Club

The Middle School Diversity Club meets twice a month. Working alongside their faculty advisors, Middle School students share in Chapel according to the Virtue of the Month, various religious holy days (Jewish High Holy Days, Holi, Chinese New Year), and the National Heritage Month celebrations.

Regional and National Student Conferences

Students often travel with Diversity and Inclusion Coordinators to several conferences and events throughout the year, such as The Texas Women's Foundation Annual Luncheon, Student Diversity Conference, SMU Women's Symposium, and other local diversity-focused conferences. 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Jewish friends shared their Hannukah stories and traditions with classmates. 


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

 

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. 

Learn more here.

 

Students learned about the Chinese New Year and the year of the pig, even having a surprise parent guest. 

 

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.