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.

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.

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Department of Equitable Practices

Dr. Carolyn Ash, Director of Equitable Practices and Lower School Equity Coordinator

Amanda McMillan, Middle School Equity Coordinator

Nina Ochoa, Upper School Equity Coordinator

Liz Solis, Associate Head of Upper School for Culture and Community

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 Equitable Practices. 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.

Scholars In Residence

We are thrilled to welcome our second cohort of Scholars in Residence to Chapin, Marcus Brock, Cynthia (Cindy) Gao and Calvin Walds, who will partner with us for a two-year term (2022–2024). In addition, Dr. Naomi Extra, one of our inaugural Scholars, will be is returning as our Senior Scholar-in-Residence, spending a few hours each week working with the Scholars, alongside Director of Equitable Practices Dr. Carolyn Ash and Director of Academic Program Ilana Pergam, and our students and Professional Community.

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