Community Life and 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 identity, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class. Expecting and requiring respect for others are hallmarks of our educational process.
A Message from Head of School Suzanne Fogarty
Please click HERE for an update regarding Chapin's Scholars In Residence program.
Monday, April 12, 6:15 p.m.
- “Raising Resilient Girls at Home.” Girls often feel an expectation to be happy, content, and confident, but in COVID they tell us they’re actually feeling anxiety, disappointment, and loneliness. In this 75-minute webinar, we will look at the gender expectations of girls and how living through a pandemic makes them more problematic than ever. Then we’ll invite families to reflect on how we might take advantage of this moment to model new habits that are the foundation of wellness, resilience, and voice. This program is presented by the organization Girls Leadership. Details and registration HERE.
Tuesday, April 20, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
- Chapin Event: “Supporting Healthy Racial Identity Development for Multiracial Children.” Join us to learn more about affirming children with more than one racial identity. Some questions we will address include “How does my racial identity as a parent impact conversations about race?” and “How do we as a family approach conversations about race?” We will also consider what it means if we don’t share the same racial identity as our children. Our facilitator, educator and parent Dr. Elizabeth Denevi, will offer perspectives from leading researchers as well as experiences from parents, and then we will open the session up for questions and conversation.
We are pleased to be working with the following equity leaders and organizations for the 2020-2021 school year:
- Dr. Jane Bolgatz
- Niki Briere
- Class Action
- Dr. Elizabeth Denevi
- Laleña Garcia
- Martha Haakmat
- Tegan Morton
- Mariama Richards
- Dr. Dena Simmons
- Anthony Sun Prickett
- Carol Sutton Lewis
Chapin's Transgender and Non-Binary Student Statement
Chapin considers applications from any student who identifies as a girl, and we remain devoted to the education and leadership of girls and young women. Recent updates to our policies focus on support for our students who come to understand that they do not identify as girls after joining the Chapin community. Every student and their family should feel they fully belong at Chapin; no student will be asked to leave because of their gender identity. We recognize that all of our students will develop a deeper sense of self in a number of ways during their Chapin years. We continually teach and encourage our students to use their authentic voices, and to affirm and support each other’s efforts to do so. Our educators, administrators, and trustees are committed to an inclusive community and a successful future for each and every one of our students. Expecting and requiring respect for all remains an essential element of our commitment to diversity.
To learn more about Chapin's process, click HERE.
Affinity Groups & Culture Clubs
- Alumnae Cultural Awareness Program (ACAP)
- Asian Affinity
- Asian Affinity Group for Professional Community
- Banana Splits
- Black Leadership Affinity Community (BLAC)
- Chinese Club
- Feminism Club
- Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
- Hot Coffee and Open Conversation (HoCo)
- Jewish Affinity Group
- La Lima Language and Literacy Magazine
- Latinx Affinity Group
- LGBTQ+ Affinity Group
- Middle Eastern Affinity Group
- Middle School Cultural Awareness Program (MS CAP)
- Multiracial Affinity Group
- Parents of Children of Color (PoCC)
- POC Affinity Group
- Ruby Bridges
- Sankofa Employee Empowerment Group
- White Antiracist Affinity Group (WAAG)
- White Antiracist Affinity Group for Students
Chapin's Equity, Inclusion & Support Committee
The Equity, Inclusion & Support Committee is a team comprised of Chapin community members from all areas of the school, led by the Director of Community Life and Diversity. Using Chapin’s Mission Statement as a guide, 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 identity, learning style, ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class within the Chapin community. The group exists to ensure that Chapin’s culture, curriculum and program support a culturally relevant community that is safe, welcoming and affirming.
Director of Community Life & Diversity
Upper School Equity Coordinator
Nadia Murray Goodman
Middle School Equity Coordinator
Lower School Equity Coordinator
Scholars In Residence
The Scholars in Residence program will provide novel opportunities for our faculty to, with the support of these three external mentors, strengthen Chapin's legacy of academic excellence; elevate understudied narratives, perspectives and cultural contributions from the African diaspora; and critically examine what and how we teach all of our students.