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Diversity at Putney
“To combat prejudices caused by differences in economic, political, racial, and religious backgrounds; to strive for a world outlook, putting oneself in others’ places no matter how far away or how remote.”
--Carmelita Hinton, Fundamental Principles of The Putney School, 1954
The Putney School embraces and encourages awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the expression of diverse experiences. These principles are embedded in the mission and fundamental principles of the school; and we live them in every aspect of school life and programs--in admissions and hiring, in the academic and residential curriculum, and in the moral development and interpersonal relationships of all members of our community.
Putney is committed to educating all members of the community to be active citizens in a multicultural and pluralistic world. This is not a new idea here but a longstanding commitment by the school community. We have three African-American members of the Board of Trustees, all of whom are Putney alumni, and many alumni of color have chosen to send their children here. At Putney, we strive to make all students feel welcomed, comfortable, and included in every aspect of the school culture, and we offer effective support services on campus to affirm and ensure the safety, dignity, and welfare of every individual and group on campus. We support and encourage free expression of a student's own identity in the larger community mix. We offer opportunities for community members to explore cultural differences and commonalities through respectful and civil discussion and reflection in assemblies and presentations as well as through off-campus social events, leadership workshops, and overseas school trips.
The school supports two on-campus student groups to explore issues of diversity; the United Students is an affinity group of students of color to discuss issues relevant to their experience and to plan campus events; the Inclusion Group aims “to create a safe environment for students to express themselves without being judged, and to further dialogue and plan open community forums on diversity topics.”
The Diversity Committee and Diversity Task Force of the board insures that the school’s goals for its program, admission, and hiring are articulated and met. The school seeks to promote diversity through its program and hiring, recognizing that a diverse faculty and staff is crucial to the success of the school and the fullest possible education of its students.