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.

2019-2020 Community Life and Diversity Calendar

Please note that dates are subject to change.

October

October 2 - Ruby Bridges Breakfast
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, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, or multiracial.

October 28 - PoCC Meeting
Parents of Children of Color (PoCC) meets regularly to discuss ways to meet the needs of Chapin's Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, and multiracial students. Childcare is provided.

November

November 5 - Hot Coffee & Open Conversation
Hosted by the Head of School in partnership with the Director of Community Life and Diversity, “HoCo” addresses topics of identity and belonging through interactive engagement and discussion for members of our parent community.

November 6 - Ruby Bridges Breakfast
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, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, or multiracial.

November 20 - Community Life & Diversity Parent Workshop
A parent workshop facilitated by the Director of Community Life and Diversity

December

December 2 - PoCC Meeting
Parents of Children of Color (PoCC) meets regularly to discuss ways to meet the needs of Chapin's Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, and multiracial students. Childcare is provided.

December 4 - Ruby Bridges Breakfast
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, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, or multiracial.

January

January 7 - Alumnae Cultural Awareness Program (ACAP) Meeting
ACAP hosts two annual meetings for Chapin alums to hear about the school’s recent diversity, equity, and inclusion work and engage in topics addressing identity and belonging.

January 8 - Ruby Bridges Breakfast
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, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, or multiracial.

January 13 - PoCC Meeting
Parents of Children of Color (PoCC) meets regularly to discuss ways to meet the needs of Chapin's Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, and multiracial students. Childcare is provided.

February

February 5 - Ruby Bridges Breakfast
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, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, or multiracial.

February 28 - Hot Coffee & Open Conversation
Hosted by the Head of School in partnership with the Director of Community Life and Diversity, “HoCo” addresses topics of identity and belonging through interactive engagement and discussion for members of our parent community.

March

March 2 - PoCC Meeting
Parents of Children of Color (PoCC) meets regularly to discuss ways to meet the needs of Chapin's Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, and multiracial students. Childcare is provided.

March 4- Ruby Bridges Breakfast
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, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, or multiracial.

April

April 1 - Ruby Bridges Breakfast
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, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, or multiracial.

April 3 - Night of Noise
A celebration of art, music, poetry, and performances to close out Day of Silence, a national student-led initiative that recognizes inequities experienced by LGBTQ+ Americans.

April 7 - Hot Coffee & Open Conversation
Hosted by the Head of School in partnership with the Director of Community Life and Diversity, “HoCo” addresses topics of identity and belonging through interactive engagement and discussion for members of our parent community

May

May 4 - PoCC Meeting
Parents of Children of Color (PoCC) meets regularly to discuss ways to meet the needs of Chapin's Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, and multiracial students. Childcare is provided.

May 6 - Ruby Bridges Breakfast
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, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, or multiracial.

May 27 - Connection Reception
Welcome reception for new and returning Chapin families connected to our community through A Better Chance (ABC), Breakthrough New York, De La Salle Academy, Early Steps, Oliver Scholars, Prep for Prep, TEAK Fellowship, and Chapin's PoCC Committee.

June

June 3 - Ruby Bridges Breakfast
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, Latino, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, or multiracial.

June 3 - Alumnae Cultural Awareness Program (ACAP) Meeting
ACAP hosts two annual meetings for Chapin alums to hear about the school’s recent diversity, equity, and inclusion work and engage in topics addressing identity and belonging.

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)

ACAP provides two annual meetings for Chapin alums to hear about the school’s recent diversity, equity, and inclusion work and engage in topics addressing identity and belonging

Asian Affinity

Race-based affinity group for students who identify as Asian (Upper School)

Banana Splits

Support group for students with divorced or deceased parents (Lower School)

Black Leadership Affinity Community (BLAC)

Race-based affinity group for students who identify as Black (Upper School)

Chinese Club

Educates club members on Chinese culture (Upper School)

Feminism Club

Creates a safe place in Chapin to discuss how gender inequality affects us inside and outside the building (Upper School)

Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

Raises awareness, promotes acceptance, and normalizes discussion regarding issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community and allies (Upper School)

Hot Coffee and Open Conversation (HoCo)

Hosted by the Head of School in partnership with the Director of Community Life and Diversity, “HoCo” addresses topics of identity and belonging through interactive engagement and discussion for members of our parent community

La Lima Language and Literacy Magazine

Foreign language literary publication (Upper School)

Latinx Affinity Group

Race-based affinity group for students who identify as Latinx and/or Hispanic (Upper School)

LGBTQ+ Affinity Group

Sexuality-based affinity group for Professional Community members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or similarly

Middle School Cultural Awareness Program (MS CAP)

Explores aspects of culture and what makes cultures stand out (Middle School)

Parents of Children of Color (PoCC)

Affinity group for Chapin parents who are raising children of color

POC Affinity Group

Race-based affinity group for Professional Community members who identify as people of color

Ruby Bridges

Monthly breakfast gathering for Lower School students of color (Lower School)

White Antiracist Affinity Group (WAAG)

Race-based affinity group for Professional Community members who identify as white and are seeking ways to disrupt racism and race-based inequity

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.

Committee Members

Chris Diggs ’03, Chair
Denise Bailey Castro ’05
Melinda Cheng
Bettina Decker ’88
Lynette Engel
Courtney Hall
Kim Karetsky Krinsky ’95
Joanna McClure
Lloyd Porter
MJ Quigley
Bona Yang
Erica Corbin, Staff Liaison