Collective effervescence is a term Head of School Roxanne Stansbury included in her first communication of the 2021-2022 school year when she described the overwhelming feeling of connectedness with others. At Dawson, we strive every day to create a deep sense of belonging and connectedness for every member of our community. Dawson’s historic focus on building and sustaining a culture of belonging and inclusion is deeply ingrained in our school’s DNA. It is central to who we are, and we will never stop questioning the meaning of belonging or its importance within our community and the world at large.
One of our goals at Dawson is to work hard to ensure every individual who steps foot on our campus feels like a member and not a guest of our community. Developing an awareness and appreciation of our differences helps us to acknowledge, embrace, and celebrate the richness of our community and our culture of inclusiveness.
Diversity and inclusion experts explain that diversity is receiving an invitation to a dance, equity is possessing the resources to attend, and inclusion is being asked to dance.
At Dawson, we take every measure to confirm all community members are a part of the dance. We have created equity goals that focus on the pursuit of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent full participation. Our inclusion goals center on creating environments in which any individual or group is and feels welcomed, respected, and valued enough to participate.