Diversity, equity, and inclusion are concepts of paramount importance at Chatham Hall.
Together, they work to ensure that we are a community that not only respects each other’s differences but finds value, beauty, and even magic in them. We welcome and encourage a richness of cultures, languages, backgrounds, beliefs, and opinions to ensure that our community sees an accurate representation of the outside world and the richness that exists beyond our town. We encourage open dialogue and discussion between students with differing views, and we offer global student experiences to allow everyone to develop a curiosity for difference and empathy and respect for the human experience.
Each year, our director of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) works with our DEI Task Force made up of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumnae and student DEI Ambassadors to select a theme for the year. Our DEI theme for the 2022-2023 school year is: Respecting Other’s Truths - Honoring the Past, Fighting for the Future. Each of us, as human beings, has a truth. Our individuality is the key to our community and this year we strive to honor the abundance of stories our collective humanity represents. To learn more about this theme,please click herefor a letter from our Ms. Deborah Glymph, director of DEI.
Within this theme, our focus this year continues to be on three key areas: climate and culture, hiring and recruitment, and professional development. Student leadership remains a central tenet of our DEI programming, emphasizing the ability to engage and mentor others in the principles of the Purple and Gold Rule as well as practicing the goals of dignity, empathy, and respect.
Students who represent a diversity of classes have been chosen to serve as DEI Ambassadors for the school year. They will complete formal DEI leadership training and assist in the creation and implementation of a Standards Handbook.
Leaders & Writers in Residence
Fall 2022: Julian Saporiti, songwriter, historian
Fall 2022: Lisa Leslie, WNBA legend, author, entrepreneur, coach
BIPOC Parent Forums
Virtual meetings that allow our parents of color to be actively engaged and immersed in the Chatham Hall experience.
Bite of the World Food Cart
A highlight of the Global Entrepreneurism program, Bite of the World is a student-run food cart that brings a range of international cuisines and cultures to the campus community.
January Term Course Offerings
Introduced in 2021, January Termcontinues to reflect a robust offering of diversity of thought and creativity in our course offerings.
Our professional development initiatives continue with guest instructors such as Trina Gary and Dr. Lisa Damour, focusing on cultural awareness and mental wellness.
G.I.R.L.S. Day Sessions
Students have led sessions about a variety of topics during recent G.I.R.L.S. Days such as Chinese medicine, Ghanaian culture, singing with sign language, and more.
The DEI Task Force is partnering with the Academic Office to provide in-house professional development which has been thoughtfully designed to assist our faculty in developing relevant curriculum.
In partnership with the with Spiritual Life Team and the DEI Ambassadors, Chapel services are consistently refined to specifically address the spiritual, educational, and community elements of the Chatham Hall experience.
DEI Staff Professional Development
Fall 2021: Ms. Cierra Fitzgerald created and led professional development intentionally designed for the needs of our staff community.