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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

The distinct Dawson learning environment is reflective of the diverse community that surrounds us. The celebration of differences drives the Dawson mission and unifies the school-wide focus of self and social awareness. Students benefit from working with and learning from other students and teachers who are varied in learning styles, socioeconomic backgrounds, race, religions, ideology, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture and ethnicity. We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming learning community. The Alexander Dawson School Diversity Statement.

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Dawson’s Goal For Equity & Inclusion

Dawson seeks to foster a deep sense of belonging and connectedness for every member of our community. Our collective focus on building and sustaining a culture of belonging and inclusion is deeply ingrained in our school’s identity. It is central to who we are, and we will never stop questioning the meaning or importance of this. Developing an awareness of and appreciation for our differences helps us to acknowledge, embrace, and celebrate the richness of our community. Our equity goals focus on fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate the barriers that prevent full participation. Our inclusion goals center on creating environments where every individual or group is and feels welcomed, respected, and valued enough to participate.

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Building and Sustaining a Culture of Belonging at Dawson

Culture Ed Collective partnership

In 2021, Dawson partnered with CultureEd Collective to create sustainable organizational change. Through personalized service and guidance, co-founders Kori McMillion and Jacinta Williams helped the School chart a path toward creating a culture of belonging and inclusion for every community member.

Listen as Founders Kori and Jacinta speak with Head of School Roxanne Stansbury and then-Assistant Head of School Andrew Bishop about their important work of helping independent schools build and sustain a culture of belonging, what it takes to create a better reality for all people, and the critical skills and competencies students need to thrive in the future.

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ONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Dawson employees participate in ongoing ABAR professional development including:

  • Attending the NAIS People of Color Conference
  • Presenting on DEI at the NWAIS Annual Conference
  • All-Staff Workshops throughout the school year
  • Participating in ABAR summer reading and discussion groups

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