Diversity

Trinity’s commitment to diversity is significant, and has been for decades, resulting today in the diversely diverse school community we currently enjoy and celebrate, with 41% students of color, 23% faculty and staff of color, and 19% of students receiving portions of the $6 million dollars we devote to need-based financial aid. We consider our diversity to be one of our distinctive strengths. Our mission statement calls us to embody and celebrate our city’s diversity, and in many ways, we do.

Trinity’s approach is different. We are not interested in the kind of education that avoids or mutes differences in order to create community built upon sameness. Unlike secular institutions, we are not silent about religion: rather, we use the structures of a specific religious tradition to explore a wide range of spiritual experiences available to our students. We populate our classes with differences, and we then teach our students how to bridge them, learn from them, enjoy them.

As expressed in the school’s mission statement and exemplified in daily life in our classrooms and hallways, diversity at Trinity is guided by two complementary core educational commitments:

First, we are committed to the robust development of each student’s distinctive intellectual, ethical, social, physical, and spiritual capacities. Education at Trinity is a journey towards self-knowledge as we help students to discern their unique identity and come to “know themselves in the world.” In our Lower School, this journey moves quite explicitly from exploration of family community, to the classroom community, to the neighborhood, to the city, the nation, the world.

In this journey, the school is committed to honoring the complex, multiple particularities that form each student’s unique self-understanding. We seek to provide our students with the discernment and freedom to fashion themselves as they explore how they are and are not defined by their talents, handicaps, physical features, race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, ethnicity, family composition, cultural background, or any other particularities of their life narratives. This is the broad understanding of diversity that directs our diversity efforts.

Second, we want students’ journey towards self-understanding to be complemented by an intensifying attentiveness to and concern for others, seen daily in kindness to classmates, service to our community, and an understanding of education as preparation for courageous citizenship.

As it relates to diversity, our attentiveness to and concern for others is reflected in four important commitments:

1. As a community, we value pluralism, celebrating the dignity of every individual and the diversity of human communities.

2. We seek to nourish empathetic understanding of others, recognizing that an understanding of differences is the first step in identifying the shared values that bridge cultural, social, political and religious differences.

3. We are committed to what I call “perspectivism,” an understanding that any individual’s perspective on the world is both empowering and limiting, and needs to be both explored carefully and complemented by empathetic, imaginative exploration of others’ perspectives.

4. Recognizing that a commitment to human dignity requires, when necessary, informed activism, we seek opportunities to act on behalf of social justice, human rights, and the dignity of every individual.

In short, at a school located in the heart of the world’s greatest cosmopolis, we’re educating cosmopolitans, self-aware citizens of the globe, eager to learn from and care for others, near and far.

This is our understanding of diversity and the even larger purposes our diversity serves and supports.

John Allman
Head of School

Students

• Classes
     o 5th and 6th grade Chalk Talk – Awareness to Action
     o 9th grade health seminar on Identity

• Upper School Clubs
     o Asian Affairs Club
     o Black Affairs Club
     o Eastern European Affairs Club
     o Feminists of Trinity
     o Gay Straight Alliance
     o Girls Learn International
     o Straight Up Love is Louder
     o Jewish Affairs Club
     o Middle Eastern Affairs club
     o South Asian Society
     o 5 Boroughs Club

• Conferences
     o NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference
     o DAIS – Diversity Awareness Initiative for Students

Parents

List of 2 items.

  • PA Diversity Committee

    Mission Statement

    The PA Diversity Committee's mission is to support Trinity School’s efforts in promoting empathy, inclusiveness and respect.

    By exploring our differences with each other and helping our children to do so, we learn what ties us together as human beings. We strive to create a safe haven for voicing our diverse perspectives, and we reject discrimination, intolerance and bias of any kind.

    We acknowledge that the definition of diversity is in constant flux. For our purposes today, diversity within our community is represented by a range of the following identities: culture, ethnicity, physical attributes (including size, accent, disabilities), learning styles, family structure, gender, national origin, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economics.

    It is through an awareness of these differences that we strive to raise children to be truly accepting. Furthermore, in order to be prepared for a highly competitive world, in which diversity is the rule rather than the exception, our children will be better equipped as global citizens if we all (parents, students and faculty) work together to celebrate each other's differences with empathy and respect.

    Goals to Achieve our Mission

    • Support the initiatives of our divisional faculty diversity coordinators and work closely with our Director of Diversity.
    • Create a forum for all parents to engage in diversity topics within Trinity School through shared social, intellectual, educational and cultural experiences using regular committee meetings, guest speakers, films, student panels and partnerships with other PA committees when mutually beneficial.
    • Provide opportunities to discover and celebrate each other’s traditions and backgrounds through our multicultural festivals and other special events.
    • Solicit and consider contributions from within our community (faculty, parents, alumni) about relevant diversity topics or projects.
    • Inform Trinity parents about initiatives undertaken by NYC schools and outside networks, such as:
    * ISDN (Independent School Diversity Network)
    * POCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools)
    * SDLC (Student Diversity Leadership Conference)
    * DAIS (Diversity Awareness Initiative for Students)
    * New York Interschool- Faculty Diversity Search program
    * Anti-Racist Alliance
    • Enrich our own dialogue by opening up our events to the broader community (schools, outside networks, Trinity Alumni, etc.) when appropriate and with Trinity PA endorsement.
    * Communicate using tools at our disposal such as our Multi-Cultural & Diversity page on TigerNet, divisional newsletters, bulletin boards, email, etc…
  • PA Affinity Groups

    Mission Statement

    As a means for inclusion, and to support the growing diversity, Trinity School recognizes the importance of and supports the creation of parent affinity groups. The NAIS defines the term affinity group as a bringing together of people who have something important in common, e.g. race, gender, profession, or special interests. The overarching mission for parent affinity groups at Trinity is to provide a safe space for all participants to identify salient issues and common concerns through dialogue and support individual voices in bringing about affirmation, fellowship, and connection (networking) thus strengthening members ‘sense of belonging’ within the larger Trinity community.

    Listing of PA Affinity Groups
    • The South Asian Affinity Group
    • Multi-racial Affinity Group
    • Single Parent Affinity Group
    • The Asian Affinity Group
    • The Latino Affinity Group
    • The Jewish Family Affinity Group
    • The Muslim Family Affinity Group
    • The Gay and Lesbians Affinity Group
    • The Christian Affinity Group
    • The African American Affinity Group
    • Food Allergies Affinity Group
    • Learning Differences Affinity Group

Contacts

  • Alfonso Camacho, Upper School Teacher of Spanish, Upper School Diversity Coordinator
  • Kerrie Coates, Kindergarden Teacher, Lower School Diversity Coordinator
  • Tova Ferro, Middle School Psychologist and Diversity Coordinator
  • Cason Given, Middle School History Teacher, Middle School Diversity Coordinator
  • Morgan Jimerson, Teacher of Third Grade, Lower School Diversity Coordinator
  • Matthew Reininger, Upper School Technology Integrationist, Upper School Diversity Coordinator
  • Pierangelo Rossi, Teacher of Fourth Grade, Lower School Diversity Coordinator
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Located on Upper West Side of New York City, Trinity School is a college preparatory, coeducational independent school for grades K-12. Since 1709, Trinity has provided a world-class education to its students with rigorous academics and outstanding programs in athletics, the arts, peer leadership, and global travel.