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Diversity & Inclusion at Berkeley Carroll

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An area of focus at Berkeley Carroll is creating an environment that is not only diverse, but inclusive, so every member of the community feels respected, valued and that they belong as an equal. This means approaching diversity and inclusion with a multi-pronged strategy encompassing academics, admissions, financial aid, student life, family support, faculty and staff hiring and accessibility to the school.

“What we need—as a community, as a culture, as a society—is constantly evolving,” Director of Community and Inclusion Brandie Melendez said. “We have to work harder and dive deeper to have challenging conversations.”

Integrating diversity and inclusion as cornerstones of a Berkeley Carroll education means incorporating them into the daily life of the school not simply discussing them at special events as a one-off topic. They should be an ordinary, familiar part of life at Berkeley Carroll for every member of the community.

Diversity Mission Statement

As an inclusive community, Berkeley Carroll honors the dignity of all people. In our culture and our program, we embrace and respect differences.These include age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class.

We believe in teaching and learning about these issues, even when the conversations are difficult. Our commitment to diversity is one expression of the mission of our school. We want to help students understand the complexity of a constantly changing world. The confidence and ability to engage respectfully with others is a signature of a Berkeley Carroll education.