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.

2020-2021 Community Life and Diversity Calendar

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
  • Interschool
  • Tegan Morton
  • Mariama Richards
  • Dr. Dena Simmons
  • Anthony Sun Prickett
  • Carol Sutton Lewis
  • NAIS

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

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.

Chapin Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership

Erica Corbin
Director of Community Life & Diversity

Patrick Aquino
Upper School Equity Coordinator

Nadia Murray Goodman 
Middle School Equity Coordinator

Karina Herrera
Lower School Equity Coordinator

Scholars In Residence

We are thrilled to share that we have the great privilege of welcoming our 2020–2021 Scholars in Residence to Chapin. Our three extraordinary partners are Chapin alum Professor Kahdeidra Monét Martin ’99, Professor Naomi Extra and Dr. Westenley Alcenat.
Each is an expert in the literature, history, and/or arts of the African diaspora, and has cultivated experience in developing pedagogical strategies, leading curriculum design and guiding professional growth. Our Scholars will partner in this inaugural year with faculty and Upper School student interns in the continued examination and refinement of Chapin’s curriculum with evolving understandings of what a truly rich and inclusive academic program must encompass. The Residency has been designed to ensure that Chapin, in turn, provides resources and experiences in support of our Scholars’ own work.
After an extensive search this summer, conducted by a hiring committee of senior administrators, department chairs and Upper School students, we received over 60 outstanding applications for this program, illustrating the abundance of talent, intellect, and achievement in the educational community that is dedicated to the Black American experience and African diaspora. Among these applicants were three candidates who demonstrated not only their deep expertise, skills and passion, but also their desire to share their knowledge with our community.

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.

Full Bios