Equity, Inclusivity and Diversity

Menlo School strives to empower students to, in the words of our Mission Statement, “become ethical, responsible and engaged members of ever wider communities.” We care deeply about equity, inclusivity, and diversity, and we’re committed to getting it right.

How does Menlo define diversity?Angela Birts, Director of Diversity and OutreachAngela Birts, Director of Diversity and Outreach

Menlo School is committed to being a heterogeneous and inclusive community. We believe students are better educated and prepared to succeed when the School community—students, families, faculty, administration, and staff—is diverse and inclusive. Diversity benefits the entire community by providing a wide range of perspectives and experiences. We embrace a broad definition of diversity: an inclusive community comprised of people with different racial, cultural, economic and religious backgrounds, as well as different gender identities and sexual orientations. In addition, we support students with a wide variety of interests, talents, physical abilities, personalities and politics. 

Equity, Inclusivity and Diversity Committee (EIDC): Charge to the Committee

The Equity, Inclusivity and Diversity Committee’s goal is to create a more inclusive community in all realms of the School, grounded in respect and appreciation for individual differences. The Committee seeks to provide programs and resources that enhance knowledge and encourage understanding of inclusivity. The Committee strives to provide leadership, dialogue, and resources for faculty, students and families. The impetus for this work has come from every part of our community.

We aim to address the following questions:

  • How do we measure growth? In what ways do we live our stated commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity?
  • How does Menlo demonstrate that diversity = excellence?
  • How do we move our school toward diversity work as both an institutional moral imperative and an integral academic skill set?

We define:

  • Equity and Justice is a focus on empowerment of and co-ownership by the committee in building and sustaining diversity and inclusivity.
  • Diversity is the fabric of our community. It is defined by “otherness.” Most obviously, it is determined by race, gender and/or culture. On a more subtle level, it includes class, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and appearance.
  • Inclusivity is achieved by building and sustaining our community through policies, programs, and practices.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Menlo School students are global citizens. Photo by Pete Zivkov.Menlo School does not discriminate or condone discrimination against any member of the School community on any basis, including race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religious creed, medical condition, pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, physical or mental disability, genetic information, genetic characteristics, marital status, citizenship, immigration status, primary language, veteran or military service status, and all other legally protected characteristics in any of its policies, procedures or practices. This nondiscriminatory policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, the School’s programs and activities.