Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

As an independent college preparatory school, The Baldwin School develops the talent of our student body and fosters a sense of confidence, global understanding and the competency to make significant and enduring contributions to the world.

Baldwin is dedicated to the significance of our diverse communities and is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all members feel valued and supported. We recognize and honor the individuals and groups that make up our communities and actively celebrate the unique perspectives and experiences of our students, families, faculty, staff, alums and administration.

We maintain the highest standards regarding the experiences of our students, faculty and staff. We continuously cultivate a culture of life-long learning that provides opportunities to grow and develop cultural competence and confidence. Baldwin’s environment fosters a foundation for curiosity. We also lead with intersectionality. We recognize that all members of our communities are multi-dimensional. We understand that no community is monolithic. Therefore, we build experiences and resources that reflect this nuance and advocate for individuals beyond a single identity to meet them at their intersections.

At Baldwin:

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  • Diversity is about all the unique perspectives in the room.

    The combination of experiences, skills, and cultural backgrounds makes us who we are and ultimately benefits our community. Diversity encompasses a full range of visible and invisible identities, including but not limited to race, gender identity, ethnicity, nationality, physical and cognitive ability, sexual orientation, education, religion/spirituality, age/generation, social class, language, etc. Individuals and groups are not one-dimensional and are shaped by multiple and intersecting identities. Baldwin’s collective diversity feeds our community and connections. 
  • Equity is giving space for every voice to be heard.

    It is the fairness of access, opportunity, and advancement for all. Equity looks to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. It’s also about ensuring that policies, practices, and systems provide all individuals access to the opportunities, resources, and recognition to be successful.
  • Inclusion is knowing your voice is heard.

    It provides an environment where everyone feels valued, trusted, connected, and informed. It’s about recognizing and appreciating the different lived experiences of our community members and leveraging their unique abilities and perspectives. When someone feels included they generally experience ownership and a sense of empowerment.

Division-Specific Actions

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  • Student-Led Affinity Groups

    Students are invited to join clubs that they may have a connection or an interest in participating. These groups can also be identified as affinity spaces, and are offered in the Middle School and Upper School. Organizations include: Black Student Union, Spectrum, Asian Student Association, Hispanic Student Association and many more.
  • Faculty and Staff

    There are opportunities available for faculty and staff to engage in learning centered around DEI topics. The groups meet regularly throughout the school year. Such groups include Building Anti-Racist White Educators (BARWE). These groups provide employees an opportunity to continue to learn in safe and brave spaces. 
  • Conferences/Workshops

    Throughout the year there are conferences available for students, faculty and staff. These are opportunities for participants to widen their network and learn from experts outside of Baldwin. During these conferences, Baldwin faculty often are presenting their newest research. Some conferences attended include: People of Color Conference and the Student Leadership Diversity Conference.
  • Parent/Caregiver Partnerships

    The parents/caregivers/guardians of Baldwin students play a major role in our community. There are several Parent Associations, all of which are critical in the progress of our DEI mission. 
  • Professional Development

    Professional development is vital to faculty and staff growth. Baldwin is committed to investing time and resources to the education of our community. We have hosted many organizations and speakers, notably, Rosetta Lee, The Wells Collective, The Lion Story: Racial Literacy and Pollyanna.
Carolyn Jones '73
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion