Successful inclusion and diversity programs are like living beings. To develop and grow into a healthy and strong institution, we respond to the real needs of a unique body of families and faculty, and we value each other’s experiences. Our programs include alliance and affinity groups, extensive professional development for faculty, events and discussion groups for parents, and a Diversity Council made up of stakeholders including parents, faculty, administrators, trustees, administrative staff and our facilities crew.   

We recognize and embrace the valuable offering of each person’s race, cultural tradition, religion, gender, nationality, socio-economic position, age, sexual orientation, and physical ability. We believe that by our truly seeing each student and their unique gifts, we nurture in each a better appreciation of their own distinctive voice, of our common humanity and of a sense of ownership in the school community. We believe that participation in an inclusive school culture supports self-esteem and plants the seeds for positive contributions to a world in which fear and conflict may otherwise threaten to create a false sense of belonging through exclusion. -GCS Diversity Statement, 2008

Diversity Council: Serving the Ideal

The Diversity Council is made up of parents, trustees, faculty, staff and administrators. The council helps plan yearly events that highlight the value of a diverse environment, including a diversity Film Festival, to the Martin Luther King Day at school with its famed “parade of puppets” to a field trip to the Museum of Tolerance. These experiences offer students a chance to examine, feel and grasp the rewards of developing a comfortable, warm regard among different kinds of people. Anyone from the GCS community is welcome to attend Council meetings as we pursue the goals outlined in our strategic plan.

Some Background: Diversity at GCS for Over 60 Years

Grace Church School has always welcomed students of all faiths or no faith and welcomed all the children of the surrounding community. In 1947 the school became coeducational. Grace has increasingly sought ways to better live this ideal. GCS was one of only two New York City schools willing to host the NAIS Multicultural Assessment Plan during the early 1990s. In 1997, Grace hosted a two-day, citywide diversity conference examining racism in education, headlined by Dr. Cornel West. In 2009, Grace conducted a Community Climate Assessment, a year-long process of self-examination, using the resulting data to create our Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion in May 2010. We have a history of being ahead of the pack, but we are not done yet. Watch this page as we continue to grow.

List of 6 items.

  • Amazing GRACE Affinity Group

    Amazing GRACE - G Race Ancestory Culture and Ethnicity. Students and faculty hold disucssions about African-American experiences in our school community. 
  • Culturally Aware Student Association (CASA and CASA Jr.)

    CASA (grades 5-8) and CASA Jr. (grades 1-4) is a program that provides a safe space for students to come together for the purpose of learning and raising awareness on topics ranging from diverse cultural backgrounds to social issues.
  • Diversity Book Club

    All adult members of the community are invited to join our quarterly book club meetings. We explore topics through ficition, non-fiction, memoir and poetry. 
  • Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)

    Students in Middle School work in groups led by faculty to improve school climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. High school students and their advisor lead a group called Spectrum that focuses on LGBTQ experiences and provides a safe and supportive space for student discussion. Parents, faculty and staff also gather in alliance groups to discuss gender and sexuality diversity in education, as well as provide a supportive space.
  • Gender Groups

    All Middle and High School students meet in single gender groups 1-2 times per month to discuss gender-related issues including the challenges girls and boys face regarding gender identity, gender images in the media, online communication, and healthy relationships.
  • Justice League

    The Justice League is a Middle School elective that meets weekly. The Justice League will work to address issues of social justice, human rights, and activism in both our local and global communities.

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