Campus Life

Equity & Inclusion

Diversity Statement

Respect for diversity, which includes the differences among peoples’ identities, experiences, perspectives and beliefs, is essential for a quality education. Diversity enriches the world through the customs, traditions, and perspectives of various religions, ethnicities, and socio-economic groups, and through individual characteristics such as gender, gender identity, age, race, appearance, sexual orientation, physical ability, and learning profile.

The John Cooper School seeks to empower students as individuals who foster understanding and cooperation and who discourage prejudice and stereotypes. While striving to create a place of learning where all members—students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni—experience safety, respect, and acceptance, the school actively pursues an inclusive climate that affirms individual self-worth and promotes cooperation, in an environment where all individuals are valued for their contributions.

Diversity is an integral part of the educational program at The John Cooper School, as seen through our formal curricula, meaningful dialogue, and educational events, and this commitment stems from the school’s mission to create “…responsible citizens and leaders.” In order to fulfill this aspect of our mission, we must continually educate our community about diversity, so that we may all better contribute honestly and respectfully to today’s global society. Toward that end, the school exercises equitable and inclusive admissions and employment policies, and commits to ongoing attention to and enrichment of diversity issues.

As the community and world change over time, our dedication to diversity will require continued reflection and evaluation. With open minds, we will continue to develop programs and policies that enhance diversity as a vital and important element of our shared humanity. The deliberate actions of trustees, faculty, administration, and staff will help sustain Cooper as a school that values every individual for his or her unique perspective and contribution.


Diversity Programs

List of 4 items.

  • Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance

    The Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance is a Middle School organization that provides a positive space for students to discuss their opinions and experiences of different topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion and a place for students to embrace similarities and differences. Through student leadership, the alliance provides activities for students to learn more about each other and the world around them and allows students to share their knowledge and experiences with their peers and faculty. The Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance gives students a sense of dignity, pride, unity, and community within The John Cooper School.
  • Student Diversity Committee

    Student Diversity Committee is an Upper School student organization whose mission is to create a more accepting and tolerant environment through education and activities to promote understanding in the Cooper community. The committee explores different aspects of personal identity through discussion and research and interacts with the student body through advisory activities, Peace Vigil, and more.
  • Equity & Inclusion Symposium

    Muna Uzodike speaks to the Upper School students at the 2019 Equity & Diversity Symposium.
    The Equity and Inclusion Symposium is an annual Upper School program aimed to promote meaningful dialogue and foster equity and inclusivity on campus. The 2019 Symposium was led by Muna Uzodike ('15), who spoke of the importance of community and reaching out to learn from others who may be unfamiliar to you.
  • Committee for Equity and Inclusion

    The purpose of the Committee for Equity and Inclusion (CEI) is to advance and promote the School’s Mission. To this end the CEI will:

    • act as an advisory committee to the Head of School in the ongoing commitment to the enrichment of diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • investigate and recommend programming and training to promote cross-cultural understanding and exchange among members of the school community
    • facilitate communication throughout the school community on equity and inclusion practices and philosophy
    • provide a forum to regularly examine and discuss topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to the School’s culture and community
    The CEI is chaired by three Division Diversity Coordinators, one each for Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Membership on the CEI will include a cross section of administrators, faculty, staff, and departments selected by the Diversity Coordinators and Head of School.