DEI for Students

Affinity Groups and Alliance (click here for more info)

Middle School and Upper School students have the opportunity to participate in Affinity Groups, which are designed for students to develop and strengthen their own racial, ethnic, or group identity, and Alliances (which are also open to students outside of the identity group). Teens Against Prejudice (TAP) and TAP, Jr. serve as umbrella organizations and foster appreciation of difference within the student body.

Throughout the curriculum, students come to understand their own identities and develop an appreciation for multiple perspectives, and they build empathy that can drive powerful change. Sixth graders participate in a six-week class (through Lovett Life Lessons) focused specifically on increasing the awareness, sensitivities, and skills necessary for students to take positive action in an increasingly diverse world.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Programs
Through intentional DEI programs, assemblies, chapel services, and guest speakers we work to create a community of self-aware students and faculty who develop cultural competency and empathy skills. For example, 9th graders participate in Changemaker Day, Middle School is designated as a No Place for Hate School, and some recent student speakers include: Paralympic Athlete, Blake Leeper; Poet, Author, and Professor, Nikki Giovanni;  Diversity Speaker Trainer, Rosetta lee; Community Activist, Martin Luther King III; Son of Holocaust Survivors, Henry Lewin; and Muslim Chaplain, Tufts University, Dr. Celene Ibrahim to name a few.

  • 9th Grade Changemaker Day
    The goal of the Changemaker Day and Peer Leadership Training is to take students through a process of understanding how stories can inspire empathy, and how empathy can drive powerful change. 
  • No Place for Hate Designation
    Is a self-directed program helping all of the stakeholders take the lead on improving and maintaining school climate so all students can thrive.
Student Conferences & Workshops
Throughout the year, students interested in building their capacity around diversity, equity, and inclusivity are invited to national, regional, and local workshops. Each year, Lovett sends a team of Upper School leaders to the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community.

Culture and Religious Celebration from Around the World
Each year, Lovett International Alliance (LIA) parents bring their family’s traditions to the school community. Past events include:
  • International Book Fair
    During the International Book Fair children are given the opportunity to purchase or donate a wide variety of international and multicultural books.
  • Worldfest
    Worldfest is a celebration of multicultural food, talent, and diversity among the Lovett community.
  • International Day
    International Day is a showcase of countries from around the world with a variety of themes. Students experience different cultures through hands-on activities.

Multicultural Programs & Services Team

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