Brooklyn private independent school

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Berkeley Carroll, we believe the robust and dynamic learning community described in our school mission requires being an equitable and inclusive school that reflects a vast array of identities, perspectives, experiences, life stories, and realities. Our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work supports our goal of providing opportunities for every community member to have what they need to be successful in an environment where they feel that they can be their authentic selves, as we believe these are essential components of socio-emotional well being and academic success.  

In order to be more actively anti-racist and to affirm the experiences of those who are marginalized in our community and in our society, we have committed to initiatives across all areas of the school and with all constituencies. We work to disrupt racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and other forms of bias and discrimination in our own community and respond effectively when incidents of bias arise. In all areas, we strive for constant growth and improvement.

In a 2020 address to students regarding the history and impact of race and racism in the United States, Head of School Dr. Lisa Yvette Waller said: “We are navigating a really important historical moment in the face of unprecedented challenges. Berkeley Carroll sits squarely in this moment and is charged to do more, and do better, combating racism and other forms of oppression wherever we find them." 

Diversity Mission Statement

We endeavor to create an inclusive and equitable learning community that honors our shared humanity and the dignity of all.

We affirm our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work and our deeply held belief that our school should reflect a broad array of identities, perspectives, and lived experiences.

We teach, learn, and implement anti-bias and anti-racist practices and tackle the challenges that arise as we engage with each other in connection to this work in community. 

We believe that these essential elements and practices make for a robust and dynamic institution in which everyone has a sense of belonging and where students can develop into respectful, responsible and impactful global citizens.