Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice & Belonging
At Brookwood, our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging centers on striving to cultivate belonging, dignity and respect, and advance just outcomes for all members of our community. We are committed to honoring people’s multiple identities, including but not limited to ability, age, appearance, ethnicity, family structure, gender expression, gender identity, nation of origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. We actively work to be an antiracist and inclusive school.
13 faculty members of Employee DEI committee met monthly to:
- Draft a DEI mission statement
- Provide feedback on professional development sessions
- Prepare and facilitate book groups on race
- Support colleagues with creating DEI goals
Students in Grades 5-8 attended AISNE: Middle School Students of Color Conference
The Parents’ Association has hosted parent education sessions and book clubs on DEIJB themes, and over 100 parents have participated in these initiatives since 2020.
Students across grade levels meet and get to know other students with whom they share a special connection. Our current Affinity Groups:
- LGBTQ+ and allies (Grades 2 – 4 and Grades 5 – 8)
- Students of Color (Grades 2 – 4 and Grades 5 – 8)
We provide ongoing comprehensive DEI professional development that includes days with a DEI consultant, funding for outside conferences and workshops, and regular opportunities facilitated by in-house faculty/staff.
Statement of Commitment
In the Spring of 2022, we revised our DEIJB Statement of Commitment to reflect Brookwood’s commitment to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment that is anti-bias and anti-racist and strives to graduate students who will affect change towards a more just society.
In the Fall of 2021, Brookwood reviewed the school calendar to ensure more equitable acknowledgment of and scheduling with consideration of cultural and religious holidays and implemented a more inclusive academic calendar for the 2022-23 school year.
Brookwood is located on N’dakinna, which is the traditional ancestral homeland of the Abenaki, Pennacook and Wabanaki Peoples past and present. We acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land, the waterways, and the alnobak (people) who have stewarded N’dakinna throughout the generations.
Adapted from Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective (INHCC)