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.