Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Waldorf School of Lexington is committed to an ongoing process of learning, listening and deepening our understanding of equity and inclusion. With reverence, we strive to create, embrace and support a diverse, equitable and inclusive community where everyone feels respected, connected and valued.
The Waldorf School of Lexington welcomes students, families, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, cultural and religious heritages, socio-economic backgrounds, geographic origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, and family structures. We reject discrimination in all its forms, and embrace the principles of common humanity expressed by the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner. WSL has adopted the position statement of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).
GENDER DIVERSITY STATEMENT
The Waldorf School of Lexington promotes respect for all people and is committed to creating a culture that fosters learning and growth around differences and appreciation for the strength and wisdom that comes from diversity. Consistent with these values, we seek to foster an educational environment that is safe, welcoming, and free from stigma and discrimination of all students, regardless of their gender identity and/or gender expression. Our focus is to create an environment that values each person. Particularly with respect to transgender and gender non-conforming students, we will work closely with students and their families to strive to honor their wishes with respect to use of school facilities, participation in athletics, accuracy of student records, use of preferred name and pronouns, and privacy, in accordance with applicable law, and to the extent that our campus facilities reasonably permit. The school’s Gender Diversity Policy is intended to guide students and their families with regard to our practices that may uniquely impact transgender and gender non-conforming students. This policy does not anticipate every situation that might occur with respect to transgender students; the needs of each student will continue to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact our School Counselor or School Director.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee
To support this mission, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee was established by the Board of Trustees and is supported by a committed group of leaders across WSL’s governing and community entities. This group includes members from the Board of Trustees, College of Teachers, Governance Council, Parent Community Association, and Administrative Directors. To learn more about the DEI Committee's vision and goals, please contact Co-Chairs: Jen Minotti and Chris Woll.
Diversity Book Club
This monthly book club welcomes all WSL parents, faculty, staff, and alumni parents who are interested in reading a wide range of literature as an entry point to generating open and thoughtful dialogue that extends and supports conversations around diversity, equity, inclusion, bias, and other topics that are important to our school community. Click here to learn more about the book club, join our online discussion group, and view our 2019-2020 meeting dates.