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.
The Discovery of Diversity Club 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 club 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 Discovery of Diversity Club gives students a sense of dignity, pride, unity, and community within The John Cooper School.
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.
The Equity and Inclusion Symposium is an annual Upper School program aimed to promote meaningful dialogue and foster equity and inclusivity on campus. The 2016 Symposium was led by Dr. Karen Bradberry, Director of Equity and Inclusion at the Greenhill School, who emphasized how the strengths and attributes of each of our students can help foster inclusivity on our campus.
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.