Diversity at NPS

Diversity Statement

National Presbyterian School is committed to being a community of inclusion that respects the uniqueness and dignity of each individual in a manner consistent with the School’s Core Values.

We believe that diversity is more than tolerance or accommodation but is rather an informed understanding and acceptance of people, whose sense of identity is shaped by many factors, which, for example, may be influenced by race, color, or national origin, religion or creed, gender, sexual orientation, family composition, economic status, age, learning style or physical ability.

We believe such inclusivity is an ongoing process that enriches our school community and prepares our children for a global, multicultural world.

We are committed to building a diverse community and supporting students, parents, faculty and staff through classroom instruction, professional development, and extra-curricular programming.

Revised by the faculty and staff of National Presbyterian School and endorsed by the NPS Board of Trustees, September 2016

DCC News

NPS Diversity Institute

Join us in Washington, DC this summer for a diversity institute focused on the work and curriculum of early childhood, elementary, and middle school educators.

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On the Calendar

About the Diversity and Community Committee

The DCC: Many Voices, One Community

Welcome from the Diversity and Community Committee!

The DCC is a standing committee of the NPS Board of Trustees. The purpose of the DCC is to work to build a fully inclusive community and sense of connectedness among all members of NPS. Members include NPS parents, trustees, and faculty/staff. The DCC holds meetings throughout the year and works to organize and promote diversity and community events and initiatives; provide a forum for related conversations; and serve as a resource for all.

Our events have included a Fall Community Dinner, Parent Forums, and Socials. Past topics have included discussions around inclusion/exclusion, gender bias, religious misunderstandings, race, socio-economic differences, family structures, best practices with our kids.

Joining the DCC is a terrific way to get to know more parents and teachers and to share your voices.

Everyone is welcome to join at any point in the school year. All involvement, big or small, is welcome and valuable.

DCC 2015-2016 Year in Review

  • The Diversity and Community Committee (DCC) became a Committee of the NPS Board of Trustees, and the Board approved its charter and goals.
  • NPS partnered with the Teacher of Color Preparatory Institute (TCPI), which assists its member schools in recruiting talented teachers of color.
  • NPS offered multicultural professional development opportunities for faculty and staff both on and off campus, which included:
  • o Seven faculty and staff and the two DCC co-chairs attended the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) Diversity Conference featuring Rosetta Lee on October 13, 2015 at the Severn School.

    o All faculty participated in two diversity workshops at NPS with TCPI Executive Director Keno Sadler on October 23, 2015 and February 12, 2016.

  • The DCC hosted a school-wide Dinner on the topic of “Implicit Bias” with speaker Rachael Flores, which featured both adult and children’s programs, on October 8, 2015.
  • The DCC surveyed NPS staff, faculty, parents and students using the National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) Online Climate Survey.
  • The DCC continued the Parents of Children of Color Affinity Group, which hosted several events throughout the year, which included:
  • o Parents’ Social on November 20, 2015

    o “Age-appropriate Conversations about Race” Discussion on April 29, 2016

    o Family Social on May 29, 2016

  • The DCC organized an Affinity Group for Families of Different Faiths with meetings to begin in 2016-17.
  • NPS parents and children contributed book reviews to the Diversity and Inclusivity Resources section on the NPS website and Backpack Express.
  • The DCC featured a display of Kindergarten's "We are All the Same; We are All Different" book on its bulletin board in the school.
  • Contact the DCC

    Wray Muoio, Board of Trustees

    Ivette Bohlen, Parent

    Catherine Durbin, Faculty

    Diversity & Inclusivity Book Resources

    Little Rock Girl 1957

    Author Shelley Tougas tells a complete story not only of the events in that tumultuous time, but the history leading up to the desegregation efforts and in the decades following.

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    Silly Mammo

    It is a story that truly celebrates diversity of mind, while at the same time exposing non-Ethiopian children to life in rural Ethiopia.

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    Whoever You Are

    Whoever You Are is a lovely picture book that simultaneously celebrates diversity and universal commonalities.

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    The characters are richly painted and the story delves realistically into issues of family, friendships and fitting in.

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