Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Community Relations. We invite you to join us in our journey to become the best culturally proficient community possible as we explore a deeper understanding of the value of diversity and envision what an inclusive and equitable world would look and feel like. If we are truly educating our students to be 21st century leaders, nothing less is acceptable.
We are proud of our exceptional history of diversity at Pomfret School. In 1949 almost 75% of the student body voted to admit “Negro” students stating that such a precedence “...would further democratic teachings, and that they are willing to see their beliefs backed up by action.” Thirty years ago, Pomfret’s student diversity group, VOICE, was founded and has since produced an astonishing 43% of Pomfret’s Student Body Presidents! Pomfret was one of only 16 schools to receive the A Better Chance (ABC) Legacy Award at the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration. Pomfret was also one of the founding members of SPHERE, a consortium of Connecticut independent schools that came together in the early 1970’s and are still very active in a common commitment to diversity.
Today, our Diversity Strategic Plan guides us into a world in which all of our students will have to relate to more people who are more different from more parts of the world than any generation before them. In a world in which the only constant is change, our Pomfret Diversity Statement asserts the following:
“At Pomfret, we believe diversity is who we are. Diversity refers to those differences in identity that impact our social experiences, including status and access to resources. Most obviously, it is determined by race, gender, and culture. On a more subtle level, it includes class, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and appearance. We are guided by research which indicates academic excellence and a diverse learning environment are synergistically linked and that students in diverse classroom settings show growth in intellectual development, maturity, motivation, and academic skills.”
As I said earlier, anything less than a multicultural education is an inadequate educational experience and victimizes citizens of the 21st century. However, our approach must be generative as well as inclusive or it will contribute to the continuing cycle of social failure instead of eliminating it. To the degree that we truly understand our interdependence, we will have the potential to reduce all “isms” to historical footnotes. I encourage you to join us on our journey.
Director of Diversity and Community Relations