Community Life and Diversity

Chapin's Commitment to Diversity

Chapin is committed to diversity in its culture, curriculum and program. Believing that an equitable, inclusive community is essential to learning, Chapin actively seeks families, faculty and staff who bring a range of experiences to the school. Chapin embraces and respects differences in age, ethnicity, gender, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class. Expecting and requiring respect for others are hallmarks of our educational process.

Chapin's Community Life and Diversity Council:

The Community Life and Diversity Council, established in August of 2013, is a team comprised of professional community members from all areas of the school, led by the Director of Community Life and Diversity. Using Chapin’s Commitment to Diversity and Mission Statement as guides, the Council is responsible for examining the school’s efforts in supporting equity and inclusion across a multitude of social identifiers that include but are not limited to age, ethnicity, gender, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class within the Chapin community. The group exists to ensure that equity and diversity in Chapin’s culture, curriculum and program support a culturally relevant community that is safe and welcoming.

2016 - 2017 Council members:

Director of Community Life and Diversity: Erica Corbin

Lower School: Heather Nagle, Leia Yongvanich, Alana Cimillo, Rachel Prottas

Middle School: Sarah Bellantoni, Jack Cooley, Lynette Engel, Xiomara Hall

Upper School: Alison Finder, Luc Hotaling, Carlynn Houghton, Jonathan Wilcove

Departmental: Courtney Archer-Buckmire, Christina Kover, Robert Morales, Georgia Siampalioti, Dianne Williams

Community Life and Diversity for students

Lower School: Mosaic

Lower School students from Kindergarten - Class 3 come together during this after-school program focused on culture, community and diversity. Supervised by experienced teachers, the students meet once per week and have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers in discussion groups, participate in engaging activities and create projects together.

Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges serves as an affinity group for Chapin students of color. Named for the school desegregation activist, Ruby Bridges celebrates diversity and common bonds through affirming activities and interactions for students who identify as Asian, Black/African American, Latino, Middle Eastern, Native American, or multiracial. Lower and Middle School students of color have the opportunity to meet monthly with Upper School students of color and professional community members of color to support each other throughout their growth and development in the Chapin community. Older participants lead younger students in fun, creative activities that honor the traditions and stories that have been historically devalued or overlooked in the United States.

Middle School Cultural Awareness Program (C.A.P.)

Girls in Classes 4 through 7 explore the rich diversity of cultures, both within the United States and around the world, that make ours a global community. Students examine customs, beliefs, holidays, festivals, entertainment, traditional clothing, art, geography, family life, religion, cuisines and other important values.

Activities include reading fables, watching multicultural videos, doing Internet research about how children live in other parts of the world, an international cuisine day and multimedia presentations to the Middle School and the rest of the Chapin community.

Upper School Cultural Awareness Program (C.A.P.)

C.A.P. is open to all Upper School students who are interested in culture and diversity. The group meets weekly to discuss issues in the media, at Chapin and the world at large. C.A.P. members have been involved in activities such as the Diversity Awareness Initiative for Students, the Night of Noise Coffee House and the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference. The roots of C.A.P. at Chapin go back to 1972, when students founded the Black Studies Club. The group later evolved into the Intercultural Club and, in turn, became the Cultural Awareness Project. The current name dates from 1987.

Upper School Gender and Sexuality Alliance (G.S.A)

The Gender and Sexuality Alliance (G.S.A.), open to all U.S. students, is dedicated to creating a safe environment for all at Chapin. The club raises awareness about discrimination experienced by LGBTQ+ youth and action to create change. Past annual events include National Day of Silence and Night of Noise. Club discussions cover current issues in the media as well as topics of interest within our own community.

Community Life and Diversity for Alumnae, Board of Trustees and Parents

Alumnae Cultural Awareness Program (A.C.A.P.)

An outgrowth of the student Cultural Awareness Programs (C.A.P.), this alumnae group meets to discuss diversity-related issues at Chapin. Alumnae C.A.P. also connects alumnae to current students for mentoring, internships, summer jobs and other opportunities, with a special emphasis on connecting alumnae of color and/or LGBTQ+ alumnae with current students. For more information or to join the group, contact the Alumnae Office at 212.744.5007 or email

Trustee Diversity Committee

This committee oversees and supports the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In particular, this committee oversees the school’s practices to ensure that they reflect and enhance its strong sense of community and meet the stated goals of Chapin’s Commitment to Diversity.

Parents of Children of Color (P.O.C.C.)

This group provides an affinity space for the parents of children of color (Asian/Pacific Islander, African American/Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Native American, and multiracial). All Chapin parents with a child of color in the school are encouraged to attend P.O.C.C. meetings and may become a member. For more information or to join the group, please email

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