A committee formed of faculty and the Board of Trustees are tasked with actualizing the DEI mission statement for students, families, and faculty. We approach this charge by:
Affirming our Episcopal identity-An Epsicopal school sees itself as a place for all, offering peace to all. This philosophy manifests itself by welcoming children and families of all faiths or of no faith. Similarly, our Episcopal unity is strengthened through respect for differences in age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
Celebrating personal and cultural expression-In our learning environments, you will see students representing different backgrounds in collaboration, dialogue, and learning. With a programmatic emphasis on sharing diverse viewpoints, we aim for all students to see a reflection of their personal and cultural upbringing while also sharing in the joy of cultures and perspectives different from one’s own.
Committing to equitable access-We ensure that all students have equal opportunity to programs and resources so that students can thrive academically, athletically, artistically, and creatively.
Middle School Affinity Groups
Lower School Discussion Groups
Through literature and thematic programming, lower school students engage in weekly conversations where they explore different communities in Memphis and the world, examine similarities and differences in racial and cultural upbringing, and discuss ways to strengthen community bonds across lines of difference.
Preschool Cultural Responsiveness
Ms. Lee’s has designed the “Multicultural Book Nook,” a resource library for classrooms and families where both teachers and parents are able to check out books to learn about a variety of cultures.
Additionally, teachers are examining Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms. This book offers early childhood professionals strategies, tools, and information to help create a culturally responsive and equitable learning environment.
To ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are incorporated in our academic curriculum as well as the very culture of the classroom, GSL’s teachers participate in ongoing education and training in the following ways: