At Geffen Academy, the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to the school’s overall mission, vision, and practice. We strive to be a transformative school that upholds a more just world and challenges systems of oppression2 that undermine humanity and our ecosystem. As educators, students, and families, we believe that a transformative educational experience acknowledges and develops the diversity of identities3 and experiences that individuals and communities bring to institutions; we understand that individuals and communities are the agents of change in our institution. Further, we believe that educational institutions must be reflective, allow for critical examination, and be continuously reworked in order to best meet the needs of the communities and individuals they serve.
Therefore, Geffen Academy reaffirms our commitment to fostering an inclusive school community that gives students, families, and educators the tools and opportunities to express their identities in a complete and authentic manner. We understand our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to operate on three levels, with multiple constituencies, commitments, and actions involved.