An Inclusive Community: Statement on Diversity
We believe that diversity is an essential part of education. Reflecting its Quaker heritage, Lincoln School strives to help each student develop an appreciation of her uniqueness, a respect for others, and a sense of responsibility for the community at large. At Lincoln, we recognize that there is diversity in the languages we speak, the colors of our skin, our genders, ages, traditions, family structures, and our financial and educational resources. Our separate heritages, beliefs and choices of expression help to define us as individuals; our commitment to learning about one another and the larger world unites us as a community. We acknowledge and explore our differences with enthusiasm and respect for the dignity of each individual. In our recruitment of students, faculty and staff, Lincoln School strives to create a community that reflects the increasing diversity of the region in which we reside. In our curriculum, in ways that are developmentally appropriate, we study race, ethnicity, family structure, gender, religion, sexual orientation and economic differences. In our assemblies, special events, guest lectures and activities, we work to further our commitment to diversity.
While the family is the primary source of customs, traditions and celebrations, the school can serve both to affirm the distinct identity of each individual, and to help students learn to appreciate the ways of others. We invite families to join us in promoting multicultural perspectives. We believe that excellence in education enables students to value themselves as individuals, at the same time preparing them to participate with confidence in a rich, complex, and changing society. Lincoln School is a place where young women learn to listen, question, challenge, probe, and thereby gain knowledge and a measure of confidence that allows them to think for themselves about the workings of the world. When they graduate, we hope that Lincoln students will carry with them a strong sense of their own identity, a willingness to see the common threads that run through all our lives, a commitment to the wider community, and a high regard for the value and breadth of differences.
– Approved by the Board of Trustees, June 1997