Equity & Diversity Statement
AIM Academy has always celebrated differences and was founded on the principles of shedding labels and breaking down artificial barriers. At our core, we are dedicated to building and sustaining equity by actively embracing diversity in our community. Our approach to the critical work of equity and inclusion is driven by our values of respect, unity, and empathy. We recognize, reflect upon, and are meaningfully informed by the plurality of experiences that each student, family, and staff/faculty member brings to our community. We embrace all forms of identity including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and class, faith and belief, age, ability, learning differences, and the broad range of human experiences and perspectives.
Our strength is in our ability to engage in open dialogue, question, examine assumptions, collaborate, embrace challenges, attune to all voices, and seek to understand one another. We are regularly working to increase the cultural responsiveness of our curriculum, professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and thoughtful community programming. We recognize that a commitment to equity and diversity requires attention across all layers of the institution in order to assure that our values are reflected in every aspect of our community. We are a community where everyone’s differences are acknowledged, respected, and celebrated so that all members are safe being themselves and all voices are sought and heard. This strategic and research-driven focus on equity and inclusion is essential for AIM to fully realize its mission to provide extraordinary educational opportunities.
We are a community where everyone’s differences are acknowledged, respected, and celebrated so that all members are safe being themselves and all voices are sought and heard."
We recognize, reflect upon, and are meaningfully informed by the plurality of experiences."
Examples of the Equity & Diversity Statement in action include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Curriculum & Teaching Practices
- Cultural Competency & Global Leadership
- Professional Development & Training
- Equity Working Group
- Lower School integrates a calendar applying different lenses and themes on diversity each month
- 7th Grade ends the year with a focus on Ableism
- 8th Grade studies from Slavery to Jim Crow to Civil Rights with cross curricular work between Interactive Humanities and ELA classes
- Upper School World History classes explore topics far beyond the Western European perspective including Asian Studies, Comparative Religions, Middle Eastern History, African History, etc.
- 11th Grade Literature & History: Intersectional Perspectives on being an American analyzing the convergence of identities in literature
- All texts are thoughtfully chosen with focus on exploring diverse populations such as Dear Benjamin Banneker by Andrea Davis Pinkney, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Student Diversity Leadership Club
- Student-led Affinity Groups
- Pen-pal dialogue with students from Ghana 2017
- Multiple Domestic and International Service Projects each year across all divisions of the school (e.g. World Bicycle Relief, Liter of Light, Belize, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, etc.)
- Senior year global study and travel (e.g. Spain 2015, Eastern Europe 2017, Greece 2018, etc.)
- Global Scholars Program for Upper School students
- Students, Faculty, and Administrators attended NAIS People of Color Conference (2016), Youth Action Project (2018), and SCHout Conference (2018)
- Faculty and Administrators attended MRC Conference on Gender and Sexuality Diversity (2016/17), Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference sponsored by the ADVIS MRC (2017), and NAIS Diversity Leadership Conference (2018)
- In house presentations for faculty on Gender & Sexuality (2016) and Equity & Inclusion (2017)
- In January 2017, AIM’s Equity Working Group, comprised of faculty members from all divisions as well as school leadership/administration, began meeting on a monthly basis to take a strategic approach to diversity and equity, as advised by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- The Equity Working Group set a short-term and long-term vision for equity and inclusion at AIM using NAIS’s Principles of Good Practice on Equity and Justice
- The Equity Working Group convened various constituents, including faculty, students, parents, and alumni, to collaboratively rewrite AIM’s Statement on Diversity and Equity, more definitively asserting our commitment to inclusion.
- In June 2018, the AIM Board of Trustees approved the new Statement on Diversity and Equity
AIM Academy does not discriminate in its educational, admission or financial aid policies on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law.