Anti-Racism, Equity & Belonging

Successful programs focused on anti-racism, equity and belonging 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.   

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism, Equity, and Belonging
Grace Church School seeks to provide its students with an outstanding education and with the desire to use it to make the world a better place.  Every facet of our work is enhanced by the diversity and strength of our community.  We believe that equity and inclusion are not only hallmarks of a just society, but also virtues essential to sound learning.  And so, Grace seeks to recognize and honor the unique gifts of its students, families, faculty, and staff—and the cultures, beliefs, values, and experiences that have shaped them—striving always to cultivate mutual understanding, humility, respect, and kindness.
But inclusion is not enough and equity is an impossibility if we cannot name, acknowledge, and oppose the forces of racism and all forms of bias, hate, and fear that exist in our society and that seek to diminish so many in our midst.  Knowing this, we commit ourselves to the work of anti-racism and to the cause of justice:  that all students may find in Grace a home, may learn from Grace their precious worth, and may hear from Grace a call to serve the common good and the dignity of humanity.  -Grace Diversity Statement, 2018

Diversity Council: Serving the Ideal

The Diversity Council is made up of parents, trustees, faculty, staff, and administrators. The council helps develop ideas for our yearly events and community awareness efforts, highlighting the value of a diverse and inclusive school.  The council offers a space for constituents through out the school to impact school culture, learn together, and develop a more diverse and equitable community.  While representatives are selected from our constituencies on a rotating basis, meetings are open and 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.
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Grace Church School is a co-educational independent school in downtown Manhattan, New York City providing instruction for over 700 students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12.